"We want to play football and attack," said the Spaniard. "Just because the other team refuse to play, we don't have to do the same thing. We want to stick to our football and that is what we will do.

"It will be difficult because they defend very well. Even at home all they will want to do is defend and catch us on the break."

Fabregas expects to be shadowed again by Javier Mascherano, who missed yesterday's draw between the teams because of a ban.

"Mascherano is amazing," said the Arsenal star. "I could feel his breath on my neck all the time. Liverpool know we like to play through the middle and so they have two holding midfield players."