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LONDON - Chelsea captain John Terry insists his side is ready for Liverpool's visit on Sunday, despite a poor performance in the Champions League on Wednesday.

LONDON - Chelsea captain John Terry insists his side is ready for Liverpool's visit on Sunday, despite a poor performance in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Carlo Ancelotti's side could manage only a 1-0 win in Cyprus against Apoel Nicosia. Having suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season at Wigan Athletic last Saturday, there are serious concerns about their form.

Though they won their opening five games of the season, Sunday's fixture will be Chelsea's first this season against another member of the big four.

Liverpool also had a disappointing week, losing 2-0 to Fiorentina in the Champions League.

"We have to be better against Liverpool," said Terry. "They are a very good side. They will be up for it and they are a big club, so we will have to respond again when we play them.

"The confidence wasn't knocked at Wigan - you can't afford not to believe in yourselves or your teammates."

Liverpool should have Javier Mascherano back for the game at Stamford Bridge after he missed the Champions League setback with a hamstring injury.

"We need to get the defeat in Florence out of our system quickly because we have a massive game now at Chelsea on Sunday," said Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. "What we need is to produce a reaction from this defeat at Stamford Bridge, that has to be the aim now."

Champions and league leaders Manchester United are at home to inconsistent Sunderland. They will be without forward Michael Owen after he tweaked a hamstring. Sunderland could be without midfielder Lee Cattermole, who is struggling with a heel problem.

Arsenal face Blackburn Rovers with Theo Walcott available for the first time this season. Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, became the longest-serving Arsenal manager yesterday, celebrating 13 years at the club. - Sapa-DPA

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