"Chelsea players may be stars," Gerrard said. "But they can still get hurt and I won't be averse to be giving one or two of them a kick. You've got to get in their faces and I'll do whatever it takes to get that upper hand.
"You always want to establish yourself in the game and if that means a good hard tackle in the first minute then so be it. If you pussyfoot around a team like Chelsea they will murder you - and that is something I don't want to happen."