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Everton on the cusp of Europa progress

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By ESPN Staff
Oct 24, 2008

Alonso out to end Chelsea's unbeaten run

Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso believes ending Chelsea's remarkable unbeaten home run on Sunday would strike fear into all their Premier League rivals.

The sides go into the match locked on 20 points at the top of the table and both boast unbeaten records so far this season.

However, Chelsea can go into the clash with confidence having not lost in 86 league games at Stamford Bridge.

But with Manchester United already numbered among Liverpool's victims this season, Alonso - who is expected to recover from a knee injury to feature in the match - believes the Reds can claim a vital psychological advantage with a win in west London.

''We know Chelsea have a great record at home in the Premier League. They haven't been beaten for four years at home and it is going to be really tough, but we honestly feel we are ready to get a good result there,'' he said.

''Beating United in our first big test of the season was very important for our confidence and this is another big test for us.

''Being the first team to beat Chelsea at home in the league after all this time would put us in a great position and it would send out an important statement, but we have to beat them first before we can think about things like this.

''Winning at Stamford Bridge could spur us on for the rest of the season but, even if we win, it would still be too early in the season to say too much about winning the title. There is still a long way to go.''

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