The Chelsea forward in action
By Zarif Rasul - Thursday, 28 June, 2012
Helen Lander says Chelsea can halt poor League run on Sunday.
Liverpool v Chelsea
The FA WSL
2pm, Sunday 1 July 2012
Skelmersdale United FC
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Chelsea forward Helen Lander is adamant her side can end their wretched recent run of form when they travel to Liverpool on Sunday.
The Blues have lost their last four games - including a heartbreaking FA Women's Cup Final defeat to Birmingham City on penalties - and slipped from third in The FA WSL table to sixth.
Matt Beard's side have failed to score in their last two outings, and Lander attributes her side's slump to the fallout from The FA Women's Cup Final.
"I think The FA Women's Cup Final knocked us for six," said Lander. "We had a good run up until that game. Since then it's as if it knocked the stuffing out of us.
"We had to go and face Birmingham again four days later and then another tough game away to Arsenal. Finishing up with another away game against Lincoln last week. So we've had three really really tough games against three top sides.
"In the meantime we don't seem to have been able to pick ourselves up, but we've had a lot of people away for international duty over the last week, so this week we've all been together. We've been training hard and we're very focused on getting back on track against Liverpool."
Chelsea have already faced Liverpool twice this season - the Londoners are undefeated in those matches, having won one and drawn one - but Lander refuses to believe they have the edge over the Merseysiders.
"They've given us two really good games," she added.
"They went 2-0 up against us in the League and we managed to get back to 2-2. And then we managed to beat them in the Continental Cup. So we know they're a good side."
Lander also confirmed that manager Beard will have a fully-fit squad to choose from on Sunday. Right-back Lara Fay, who will be away on international duty with England U19s, is the only player expected to miss out.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Birmingham will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the campaign when they host Everton.
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