Liverpool have nothing to fear at Chelsea, insists Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers is backing his side to beat Chelsea and reach Wembley final
Brendan Rodgers is adamant that Liverpool have nothing to fear ahead of their League Cup clash against Chelsea on Tuesday.
The Merseyside outfit came from behind to seal a 1-1 draw with the Premier League leaders in the first leg of their semi-final clash last week.
They’ll be aware of the attacking threat we have in the team and the pace we have in the team
Chelsea are spinning from a shock 4-2 loss to Bradford City in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, ending talk of an unprecedented quadruple.
Liverpool manager Rodgers is hoping his Reds side can replicate their performance from last week and reach the Capital One Cup final.
“I always say it’s really about the teams but knowing Jose and how he works and how competitive he is, I really enjoy that challenge of going up against him,” Rodgers is quoted as saying by Liverpool Echo.
“The game last week was fantastic and we were at a really good level.
“I enjoy the competitiveness of the game. Jose’s record speaks for itself.
“He’s a world-class manager and he’ll always have that competitive edge and your teams have to be at the maximum to get a result.
“I think they’ll be aware of the attacking threat we have in the team and the pace we have in the team.
“Obviously as the home side you’d expect them to have more possession and open up the spaces a bit more but I think it’ll be a game where both teams will look to be solid defensively and look to attack from there.
“Chelsea being at home they’ll be the team that wants to get on the front foot.”
Liverpool haven’t beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since a 2-0 victory in the League Cup in 2011.
Rodgers is still waiting to guide Liverpool to their first trophy under the 42-year-old after the Reds finished as Premier League runners-up last season.
The 18-time English champions are currently in eighth place in the Premier League after a disappointing start to the top-flight campaign.