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Last Updated: Sunday October 25 2009 11:38 GMT

Chelsea thrash Rovers to go top

Didier Drogba and John Terry celebrate win

Chelsea are top of the Premier League after hammering Blackburn Rovers 5-0.

The Blues opened scoring when Rovers' Gael Givet diverted Nicolas Anelka's cross into his own net. Frank Lampard fired home to make it two.

Michael Essien scored a third before Lampard scored a penalty. Didier Drogba made it five, heading Lampard's corner into the net.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti described his team's performance as the best since he took over as boss.

The Blues now have a two-point lead over Manchester United ahead of Sunday's big match against Liverpool at Anfield.

Owen return to Anfield

Michael Owen in training
Michael Owen in training

The game marks Michael Owen's first appearance against Liverpool since joining United this summer.

The 29-year-old striker left Anfield in 2004 for Real Madrid, then moved to Newcastle.

But manager Sir Alex Ferguson reckons Owen can cope with Liverpool fans if they give him a hard time: "It will be interesting to see what reaction Michael gets, but he's got the experience to handle it.

"The goals he scored for Liverpool mark him down as one of their best-ever strikers. That stands him in good stead in terms of the Liverpool fans."

'Benitez to stay at Liverpool'

Meanwhile Reds managing director Christian Purslow has said Rafael Benitez's job is safe - even if the Reds don't win the Premier League.

He also said that Anfield stars Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard aren't for sale, at any price.