Salomon Kalou has urged Chelsea to ensure they continue as masters of the Barclays Premier League title race by defeating Liverpool on Sunday.
The Blues, who lead second-placed Manchester United by a single point, must prevail at Anfield if they are to ensure the destiny of the crown remains in their own hands.
Kalou, who fired a hat-trick in Sunday's 7-0 drubbing of Stoke, believes his side must be ruthless as the Premier League gears up for a grandstand finish.
"I think we have to win. There's two games to go and there's no other way of going about it," said the Ivory Coast frontman.
"If you want to keep your chance at your end, you have to win every game.
"I hope United will go to Sunderland and drop points, but you can only focus on your own game.
"If we take the three points against Liverpool, we don't need to worry about what United will do.
"Anfield will be a difficult journey but we will be very motivated and know that if we win there, everything will be in our hands at home against Wigan."
Liverpool have lost striker Fernando Torres to a knee injury but Kalou insists they remain formidable opponents even when their Spanish talisman is absent.
"Liverpool at home are still a strong team, even without Torres," he said.
"It's true that if Torres played it would be a plus for them, but I think they are still difficult to play at Anfield because they have that spirit at home and their supporters will push them 200%.
"We have to go there and take control of the game. We need to keep the ball and play our own game and not wait for Liverpool to take the initiative."Reuse content