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Premier League 433 43 Five keys for Chelsea-Liverpool 26654019 Game before the Game Game+before+the+Game Premier League

A healthy, professional respect between two English juggernauts, Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool square off this Sunday ahead of the Super Bowl in the 'Game before the Game' (coverage begins at 10 a.m. ET), so Jamie Trecker breaks down the five keys to victory for both squads, beginning with the home side Blues.

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Premier League 433 43 Five keys for Chelsea-Liverpool 26657007 The new boys The+new+boys Premier League

What a deadline day the Reds had with Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez (pictured) coming in and Fernando Torres going out. How these guys gel -- and justify the reported $92m spent on the makeover -- could define the Reds’ future.

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Premier League 433 43 Five keys for Chelsea-Liverpool 26655050 Glen Johnson Glen+Johnson Premier League

When the right back gets up the field, he can spark Liverpool’s attack. When he drifts about aimlessly -- as he is wont to do -- he is a defensive liability. Which Johnson shows up on the day will be critical. Johnson of course was a former Chelsea man but failed to be more than a squad player for the Londoners.

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Premier League 433 43 Five keys for Chelsea-Liverpool 26655049 The Defense The+Defense Premier League

Simply put, it’s atrocious. Goalkeeper Pepe Reina has turned in heroic performances, but Liverpool have to get more out of the immobile Daniel Agger and the erratic Martin Skrtel. If Greek monster Sotirios Krygiakos is forced into action, look out -- he’s deadly at either end. Speaking of ...

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Premier League 433 43 Five keys for Chelsea-Liverpool 26654038 Steven Gerrard Steven+Gerrard Premier League

The captain has more than lived up to his armband, often single-handedly willing this team to wins. Problem is, he has little support, and the wear and tear is starting to show. When he’s on his game, he is one of the biggest spark-plugs in football. When he’s wan, he can be invisible.

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Premier League 433 43 Five keys for Chelsea-Liverpool 26657006 Liverpool confidence Liverpool+confidence Premier League

It’s been in short supply on Merseyside this season (despite a three-match winning streak), but it’s critical that the Reds find some. Matters have improved somewhat under new manager (and Liverpool legend) Kenny Dalglish, but downcast faces on the pitch have become a too-familiar sight for the fans.

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Premier League 433 43 Five keys for Chelsea-Liverpool 26654029 Nicolas Anelka Nicolas+Anelka Premier League

Is the Incredible Sulk now the odd man out? Anelka seemed to have shrugged off a disastrous World Cup that saw him barred from the French national team with super showings in Europe this season. But while he leads the team with 13 goals, his finishing touch hasn’t been as evident in league play -- he’s only found the net five times. For Anelka to have the last laugh on his detractors, he has to pick up his week-in, week-out game.

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Premier League 433 43 Five keys for Chelsea-Liverpool 26657004 The Midfield The+Midfield Premier League

One area of strength for Chelsea is their speed and muscle, typified by Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel. When Essien is allowed time on the ball, he can rip opponents apart down the flank, or with cutting balls through the back line. When he and Mikel get frustrated, Chelsea fall apart. Frank Lampard is more critical to this equation than his stats this year imply; Chelsea is a better team with the England international on the pitch.

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Premier League 433 43 Five keys for Chelsea-Liverpool 26657001 The Defense The+Defense Premier League

Like Liverpool, Chelsea’s back four are a shadow of their former selves these days. The loss of stopper Ricardo Carvalho to Real Madrid was a killer, but the Blues pulled off a coup by getting Benfica’s David Luiz on board. Luiz will have to have step up immediately. Alex is hurt, John Terry is showing his age, and none of the young players have been able to fill the gaps.

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Premier League 433 43 Five keys for Chelsea-Liverpool 26651114 Didier Drogba Didier+Drogba Premier League

Once the most fearsome striker in the game, Drogba has been laid low by malaria and the inability of his teammates to step up. When he’s on, he can still kill you — witness his 30-yard screamer against Bolton a fortnight ago — but he has to get a partner up top.

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Premier League 433 43 Five keys for Chelsea-Liverpool 26657000 Fernando Torres Fernando+Torres Premier League

Currently the most despised person in Liverpool not named Gillett or Hicks, Chelsea made an audacious, record-smashing $80m bid for the Liverpool striker at the death of the transfer window ... and won. Anyone also thinking that Chelsea have just pulled off a great bit of psychological gamesmanship may be correct. How he plays against his old team will be the story to watch.

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