Liverpool-Chelsea Preview

The Associated Press

Brendan Rodgers' mouth made headlines this week, but it was Luis Suarez's that got all the attention in Liverpool's last meeting with Chelsea.

Following Rodgers' Boxing Day tirade, Suarez and Liverpool face Chelsea on Sunday for the first time since the superstar forward shockingly bit Branislav Ivanovic.

Rodgers blasted the officials following Liverpool's 2-1 defeat at Manchester City on Thursday. Raheem Sterling seemed to have scored in the first half, but the goal was surprisingly ruled out for offside and Suarez was denied a late penalty.

The decisions were enough to set off Rodgers, who questioned why a referee from the Manchester area - Lee Mason of Bolton - was given a match involving a Manchester team.

"I thought we were absolutely outstanding," Rodgers said. "(The players) had no help whatsoever from the officials. They were horrendous."

While Rodgers awaits potential charges from the English Football Association, Suarez may have some compassion for his manager.

The Uruguayan isn't a stranger to disciplinary actions, and he's facing Chelsea for the first time since perhaps his most bizarre and controversial incident.

Frustrated with his lack of success to get past Ivanovic on April 21, Suarez turned and bit him in the arm in the 68th minute. Perhaps even more surprising was that the confrontation went unseen by officials, and Suarez remained in the match and scored the equaliser seven minutes into stoppage time of a 2-2 draw at Anfield.

It wasn't the first time he'd done it, either. While playing for Ajax in the Dutch Eredivisie in 2010, Suarez served a seven-match ban for biting an opponent.

This time, the FA slammed him with a 10-match suspension, and Suarez may find himself on the end of a different type of discipline Sunday since he's likely to be marked at times by Ivanovic.

Suarez, though, may try to remain focused on getting back on the score sheet for Liverpool (11-3-4), as he tries to continue his remarkable comeback from the ban, which stretched into the first five league matches of 2013-14.

He's unexpectedly topped the league with 19 goals in just 13 matches. However, he failed to score on five shots against Manchester City after compiling 10 goals over the previous four matches.

Suarez found the net in each of the last two meetings with Chelsea, including the equalising goal in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Nov. 11, 2012.

The Blues haven't lost in 69 home matches (54-15-0) under manager Jose Mourinho, and they kept the streak going with Thursday's 1-0 win over Swansea City.

Mourinho, though, would like to see his side make things a bit easier on themselves after having four of their past five matches (3-1-1) decided by one goal, while playing Arsenal to a scoreless draw in the other Monday.

"As time goes on and you don't score the second goal, you feel as if you are going to concede but the boys worked hard and were in control defensively," Mourinho said.

"They kill me every game," he said in jest. "Every game I am tired at the end."

That may be the case again since Chelsea are 0-2-4 over their last six matches with Liverpool, going winless in three at home.

Eden Hazard, who had a goal Thursday, scored on a penalty against Liverpool on April 21. He has two goals in four career meetings, and the other came in a 1-0 win for Lille in the Europa League on March 11, 2010.

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