The Sunday clash is being billed by many, including Cole, as a potential “title decider,” in which a Liverpool victory would put the Reds in pole position to end their 24-year title drought and leave Mourinho’s Chelsea all but resigned to third place.
And speaking ahead of the match in an exclusive interview with beIN SPORTS, Cole revealed that the match could be his side’s toughest Premier League fixture so far this season.
“I think when you’ve got people like Stevie Gerrard feeding Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling through balls, with their pace they are kind of unstoppable,” the 33-year-old England veteran said.
“Liverpool have shown this season with the amount of goals they’ve scored, and the individual performances they’ve shown too, that they should be where they are now, top of the table, fully deserved.
“Look at Luis Suarez. He is very hard and if you look at half his goals when he’s in the box, he’s got that chop where he tries to put it through your legs and you just can’t stop him.
“His awareness, his movement, his finishing – he is, for sure, at the minute one of the best players in the world.”
“This could be the year he wins a title and I’ll be happy for him. I think he’s a great guy and if there’s someone that deserves it in terms of being a great player and not winning anything, then, for sure, he is one of them.”
The vastly experienced Chelsea left back is likely to keep his place in his side’s starting 11 following an impressive 90-minute showing against Atlético Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Having been kept out of the team for the majority of the season by the impressive Cesar Azpilicueta, Cole was able to expel any doubts about his fitness and sharpness during the 0-0 draw with an assured defensive display.
Jose Mourinho described his performance as “amazing,” and Cole said, “I was just happy to get through the 90 minutes without pulling any other muscles. It was my first 90 minutes in three of four months so of course it was going to be hard for me, but I’ve been coming in early and training to make sure I’m ready and hopefully I might get a few more games before the end of the season.”
beIN SPORTS viewers across the Middle East and North Africa can watch the full interview with Ashley Cole during the channel’s build up coverage to Liverpool vs Chelsea match between 3.30pm – 4pm (AST).