Chelsea
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Chelsea host Liverpool in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge, with the tie evenly poised at 1-1.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 7.45pm GMT on Tuesday 27 January. Live coverage of the game will be available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.

Overview

Jose Mourinho will be desperate to get back to winning ways after their ignominious defeat at the hands of League One side Bradford side in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the home of the Premier League leaders. Chelsea went 2-0 up in the first half, but conspired to lose the game 4-2, a result that sent shockwaves across the footballing community.

The result shattered Chelsea's hopes of competing for the quadruple this season, a feat unprecedented by any team in the Premier League era. Mourinho will be hoping his team learns from their mistakes and not let the League Cup squirm out of their grasps.

The Portuguese manager is likely to field his strongest side, having made nine changes to the squad on Saturday 24 January that started against Liverpool at Anfield on 20 January. A win here will take them to the final, where they will face Tottenham Hotspur or Sheffield United, who take on each other in the other semi-final the following day.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are ostensibly out of the title race, trailing Chelsea by 17 points and they have failed to make it into the knockout stages of the Champions League. The League Cup is their best chance of winning a trophy this season, although having been forced into a replay against Bolton after failing to break the deadlock in 90 minutes against the Championship side means there is still a possibility of success in the FA Cup. And Liverpool are in the Europa League now, giving them another prospect of winning silverware.

Manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping Daniel Sturridge can return to the side against the Blues, in any capacity, having returned to full training after missing out on three months of action with an injury.

A win here will not only clear their way towards winning a trophy but also give them some much needed confidence going into the latter half of the season, where securing a Champions League spot is of prime importance.

Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard
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What the managers say

Jose Mourinho: "The next game is the most important one. We need to forget this one and start the next game in a different competition, and I know we are one victory away from playing a final. It's the good thing about playing consecutive matches without many days in between. It's the good thing that, when you lose, you have to focus immediately on the next game. You don't have a lot of time to be moaning or analysing what happened in the bad one. Let's move and let's think about the next one.

Brendan Rodgers: "We played them last week when they were coming off the back of, arguably, their best result and performance of the season against Swansea [a 5-0 win] - but we were outstanding in the game. We limited them to very limited possession and opportunities. We know it is going to be a tough game but we are certainly going into the game with no fear and our strength is very much in our attack. We showed that in the last game. The team is on the up, we have seen that over the last number of weeks. We've got great confidence knowing that, in particular away from home, our form and resilience is getting better and better and we can get a result."

Betting Odds(By 888Sport)

  • Chelsea Win: 3/5
  • Draw: 3
  • Liverpool Win: 9/2

Team news

Chelsea

Possible XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Luis; Matic, Mikel; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa

Liverpool

Possible XI: Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno; Henderson, Lucas, Gerrard; Markovic, Coutinho, Sterling