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English Capital One Cup

Tuesday, 20 January 2015,

Liverpool
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Chelsea
  • Kickoff: 20:45 BST
  • Stadium: Anfield
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Anfield
  • Attendance: 44,573
  • 59' Raheem Sterling
  • 18' Eden Hazard - pen

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Rodgers trusts players' confidence

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has faith his players can compete against Chelsea on the pitch irrespective of what gameplan Jose Mourinho employs.

In their last two visits to Anfield the Stamford Bridge boss has comfortably won the tactical battle and Rodgers has lost all three encounters against his former mentor since taking over on Merseyside.

However, he insists that will not have an effect ahead of Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at home against the current Premier League leaders.

"I think a big part is down to the players. Once they cross the line it is about them and the confidence and the qualities they have," said the Reds boss.

"He is a top-class manager, Jose Mourinho has proven that over the last decade or so.

"He has great experience but once the players cross the line for me I have a big trust in the group and they are working well at the moment.

"For us it is certainly not a threat, it is an opportunity to reach a final."

Despite almost winning the league last season Rodgers, in his third season in charge, knows he will have to start delivering silverware soon as the club's last trophy came in this competitions under Kenny Dalglish in 2012.

It would represent a significant hurdle overcome for the manager but he sees as even more important for his young squad.

He was a youth team manager at Chelsea during Mourinho's first spell in charge and Rodgers believes winning the League Cup, the Portuguese's first trophy in England, provided a platform for a decade of success.

"Our objective is to win a trophy and qualify for the Champions League," said the Reds boss.

"I think winning a trophy would help our future here in what we are trying to build and trying to deliver.

"It will give the younger players a lot of experience.

"I joined Chelsea in 2004 and at that point in their history they were a club who wanted to win titles and trophies.

"They have maybe done it in a different way but over the last 10 years they have shown once you have won that first one you can hopefully go on and sustain it.

"The players back then, some of whom are still there now, will tell you the first one is the most important.

"We know it is going to be a challenge but we know if you want to win the competition you have to beat the best teams and at this moment in time Chelsea are the best in the country."

Meanwhile, Chelsea skipper John Terry is chasing success on all fronts this season - insisting the current crop of Stamford Bridge stars need to win silverware to be considered greats.

A 5-0 win at Swansea on Saturday, coupled with reigning champions Manchester City losing to Arsenal, leaves Chelsea five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

They also face an FA Cup fourth-round tie with Bradford at the weekend, with their Champions League round of 16 clash with Paris St Germain also on the horizon.

And Terry wants the club to fight for every title available as the class of 2014/15 looks to add their names to the Chelsea history books.

"We've got top, top players but, as I've said before, until we go and win things, it's not there yet," the former England captain said.

"That will be the test. We've shown during the first half of the season that we're capable of pushing the top sides and that's what we aim to do.

"There is a motivation in the dressing room to win the league and push on in the Capital One Cup, Champions League and FA Cup. At this stage, to still be involved in all competitions is where you want to be, and it's down to big players to step up."

Terry added: "It (Anfield) is going to be a tough place to go. I think Daniel Sturridge might be back, (Raheem) Sterling is back as well and they proved when we went up there in the league that it's always a tough game.

"You kind of forget form and where they are, it goes out of the window, it's Chelsea v Liverpool. It's going to be tough and over the two legs I just hope we're strong enough."

Thibaut Courtois could return in goal having sat out the last three games with a minor finger injury but Cesar Azpilicueta (groin) is likely to miss out, while the likes of Kurt Zouma, Loic Remy and Andre Schurrle will be hoping for rare starts.

91'+1

Raheem Sterling crosses the ball.

91'

Thibaut Courtois takes a long goal kick

91'

Raheem Sterling hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

91'

End of the game

91'

The referee has signaled the end of the second half

89'

Throw-in: Alberto Moreno takes it (Attacking)

89'

Chelsea makes a sub: César Azpilicueta enters for Willian. Reason: Tactical

88'

Branislav Ivanovic clears the ball from danger.

88'

Willian clears the ball from danger.

88'

Alberto Moreno crosses the ball.

88'

Branislav Ivanovic clears the ball from danger.

87'

Throw-in: Branislav Ivanovic takes it (Defending)

87'

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 87'

87'

Nemanja Matic commits a foul on Adam Lallana resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

86'

Throw-in: Jordan Henderson takes it (Attacking)

86'

Simon Mignolet takes a long goal kick

85'

Filipe Luis hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

85'

Mamadou Sakho clears the ball from danger.

85'

Branislav Ivanovic crosses the ball.

85'

Throw-in: Branislav Ivanovic takes it (Attacking)

85'

Lucas clears the ball from danger.

84'

Throw-in: Branislav Ivanovic takes it (Attacking)

84'

Thibaut Courtois takes a long goal kick

83'

Philippe Coutinho hits an impressive right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

83'

Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Defending)

82'

Throw-in: Filipe Luis takes it (Attacking)

81'

Mamadou Sakho clears the ball from danger.

80'

Thibaut Courtois takes a long goal kick

80'

Raheem Sterling hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

80'

Lazar Markovic hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

80'

Nemanja Matic clears the ball from danger.

80'

Cesc Fàbregas clears the ball from danger.

79'

Thibaut Courtois makes the save (Parry)

79'

Adam Lallana hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: save

79'

Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) Free Kick at 79'

79'

Gary Cahill commits a foul on Martin Skrtel resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

78'

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) Free Kick at 78'

78'

Adam Lallana commits a foul on Cesc Fàbregas resulting on a free kick for Chelsea

76'

Throw-in: Alberto Moreno takes it (Attacking)

76'

Gary Cahill clears the ball from danger.

75'

Thibaut Courtois makes the save (Catch)

75'

Raheem Sterling hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

75'

Thibaut Courtois makes the save (Parry)

75'

Jordan Henderson hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

75'

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 75'

74'

John Obi Mikel

74'

John Obi Mikel commits a foul on Alberto Moreno resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

74'

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Free Kick at 74'

74'

Gary Cahill commits a foul on Raheem Sterling resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

74'

Throw-in: Alberto Moreno takes it (Attacking)

73'

Thibaut Courtois takes a long goal kick

73'

Martin Skrtel hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

73'

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 73'

72'

Nemanja Matic commits a foul on Philippe Coutinho resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

70'

Simon Mignolet takes a short goal kick

70'

Liverpool makes a sub: Adam Lallana enters for Steven Gerrard. Reason: Tactical

69'

John Terry clears the ball from danger.

69'

Nemanja Matic blocks the shot

69'

Philippe Coutinho hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

68'

Throw-in: Steven Gerrard takes it (Attacking)

67'

Filipe Luis clears the ball from danger.

67'

Thibaut Courtois makes the save (Fumble)

67'

Philippe Coutinho hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

67'

Thibaut Courtois takes a long goal kick

67'

Steven Gerrard hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: hit post

66'

Throw-in: Branislav Ivanovic takes it (Attacking)

66'

Martin Skrtel clears the ball from danger.

66'

Emre Can (Liverpool) Free Kick at 66'

65'

Offside called on Diego Costa

63'

Emre Can (Liverpool) Free Kick at 63'

63'

Offside called on Diego Costa

62'

Throw-in: Filipe Luis takes it (Attacking)

62'

Nemanja Matic clears the ball from danger.

61'

Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Defending)

61'

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) Free Kick at 61'

61'

Mamadou Sakho commits a foul on Diego Costa resulting on a free kick for Chelsea

60'

Gary Cahill clears the ball from danger.

60'

John Obi Mikel clears the ball from danger.

60'

Willian clears the ball from danger.

59'

1 - 1

Goal!! Raheem Sterling hits a left footed shot to the lower right corner from the left penalty area and scores!! The game is now tied at 1

59'

Raheem Sterling hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: goal

59'

That last goal was assisted by Jordan Henderson

59'

Lucas (Liverpool) Free Kick at 59'

59'

Handball called on Willian

58'

Lucas clears the ball from danger.

58'

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) Free Kick at 58'

58'

Offside called on Alberto Moreno

58'

Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Attacking)

56'

Martin Skrtel clears the ball from danger.

56'

Throw-in: Branislav Ivanovic takes it (Attacking)

56'

Throw-in: Filipe Luis takes it (Defending)

55'

Throw-in: Branislav Ivanovic takes it (Defending)

54'

Throw-in: Emre Can takes it (Attacking)

54'

Eden Hazard clears the ball from danger.

53'

Alberto Moreno crosses the ball.

53'

Martin Skrtel clears the ball from danger.

52'

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 52'

52'

Cesc Fàbregas commits a foul on Lazar Markovic resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

51'

Throw-in: Filipe Luis takes it (Attacking)

50'

Thibaut Courtois takes a long goal kick

50'

Mamadou Sakho clears the ball from danger.

49'

Throw-in: Branislav Ivanovic takes it (Attacking)

49'

Mamadou Sakho clears the ball from danger.

49'

Thibaut Courtois takes a long goal kick

49'

Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Attacking)

49'

Gary Cahill clears the ball from danger.

49'

John Terry clears the ball from danger.

48'

Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Attacking)

48'

Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Defending)

47'

Branislav Ivanovic clears the ball from danger.

47'

Philippe Coutinho crosses the ball.

47'

Throw-in: Alberto Moreno takes it (Attacking)

47'

Cesc Fàbregas clears the ball from danger.

47'

Throw-in: Alberto Moreno takes it (Attacking)

46'

Throw-in: Branislav Ivanovic takes it (Defending)

46'

The second half is under way

46'

Diego Costa clears the ball from danger.

46'

Steven Gerrard crosses the ball.

46'

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) Free Kick at 46'

46'

The referee has signaled the end of the first half

45'

Filipe Luis

45'

Filipe Luis commits a foul on Lazar Markovic resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

45'

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) Free Kick at 45'

44'

Lucas

44'

Lucas commits a foul on Eden Hazard resulting on a free kick for Chelsea

44'

Nemanja Matic clears the ball from danger.

43'

John Terry clears the ball from danger.

43'

John Obi Mikel blocks the shot

43'

Philippe Coutinho hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

42'

Simon Mignolet takes a short goal kick

41'

Thibaut Courtois takes a long goal kick

40'

Throw-in: Branislav Ivanovic takes it (Attacking)

40'

Martin Skrtel clears the ball from danger.

40'

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) Free Kick at 40'

39'

Steven Gerrard

39'

Steven Gerrard commits a foul on Eden Hazard resulting on a free kick for Chelsea

38'

Alberto Moreno clears the ball from danger.

38'

Branislav Ivanovic crosses the ball.

38'

Emre Can clears the ball from danger.

38'

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) Free Kick at 38'

37'

Offside called on Martin Skrtel

37'

Filipe Luis commits a foul on Lazar Markovic resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

36'

Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Defending)

36'

Throw-in: Filipe Luis takes it (Attacking)

35'

Throw-in: Alberto Moreno takes it (Defending)

34'

Branislav Ivanovic clears the ball from danger.

33'

Throw-in: Alberto Moreno takes it (Attacking)

33'

Gary Cahill clears the ball from danger.

33'

Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Defending)

32'

Gary Cahill blocks the shot

32'

Raheem Sterling hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

32'

John Obi Mikel blocks the shot

32'

Jordan Henderson hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

32'

Steven Gerrard crosses the ball.

32'

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) Free Kick at 32'

31'

Gary Cahill commits a foul on Raheem Sterling resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

29'

Martin Skrtel clears the ball from danger.

28'

Simon Mignolet takes a short goal kick

27'

Throw-in: Alberto Moreno takes it (Defending)

27'

Thibaut Courtois takes a long goal kick

27'

Martin Skrtel hits a header, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

26'

Willian clears the ball from danger.

26'

Alberto Moreno crosses the ball.

25'

John Obi Mikel clears the ball from danger.

25'

Nemanja Matic blocks the shot

25'

Lazar Markovic hits a right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

25'

John Terry clears the ball from danger.

25'

Alberto Moreno crosses the ball.

23'

Throw-in: Filipe Luis takes it (Attacking)

22'

Martin Skrtel clears the ball from danger.

22'

Lucas clears the ball from danger.

22'

Throw-in: Branislav Ivanovic takes it (Attacking)

21'

Emre Can clears the ball from danger.

21'

Throw-in: Branislav Ivanovic takes it (Attacking)

21'

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 21'

21'

Branislav Ivanovic clears the ball from danger.

20'

Gary Cahill commits a foul on Raheem Sterling resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

20'

Throw-in: Branislav Ivanovic takes it (Attacking)

18'

0 - 1

Eden Hazard hits the penalty kick with his right foot to the lower right corner and scores!!

17'

Emre Can commits a foul on Eden Hazard resulting on a penalty for Chelsea

17'

Throw-in: Steven Gerrard takes it (Attacking)

17'

Filipe Luis clears the ball from danger.

16'

Thibaut Courtois makes the save (Tip Over)

16'

Steven Gerrard hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

16'

John Terry clears the ball from danger.

16'

Gary Cahill clears the ball from danger.

16'

Alberto Moreno crosses the ball.

15'

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) Free Kick at 15'

14'

Filipe Luis commits a foul on Steven Gerrard resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

13'

Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Attacking)

13'

Filipe Luis clears the ball from danger.

13'

Gary Cahill blocks the shot

13'

Alberto Moreno hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

12'

Jordan Henderson crosses the ball.

12'

Gary Cahill clears the ball from danger.

12'

Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) Free Kick at 12'

12'

Diego Costa commits a foul on Emre Can resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

12'

Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Defending)

11'

Throw-in: Filipe Luis takes it (Attacking)

10'

Throw-in: Filipe Luis takes it (Attacking)

10'

Throw-in: Filipe Luis takes it (Attacking)

9'

Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Attacking)

9'

Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Attacking)

9'

John Terry clears the ball from danger.

8'

Thibaut Courtois takes a long goal kick

8'

Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Defending)

7'

Throw-in: Alberto Moreno takes it (Defending)

6'

Throw-in: Alberto Moreno takes it (Defending)

5'

Throw-in: Emre Can takes it (Defending)

4'

Throw-in: Branislav Ivanovic takes it (Attacking)

3'

Mamadou Sakho clears the ball from danger.

3'

Throw-in: Filipe Luis takes it (Defending)

2'

Martin Skrtel clears the ball from danger.

1'

Game on!

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Possession

62%
38%
  • Liverpool
  • Chelsea

Shots

20
1

Shots on target

7
0

Fouls

5
12

Corners

0
0

Yellow Cards

2
2

Red Cards

0
0

Head to Head

Liverpool1 - 1Chelsea
Liverpool1 - 2Chelsea
Liverpool0 - 2Chelsea
Chelsea2 - 1Liverpool
Liverpool2 - 2Chelsea
Chelsea1 - 1Liverpool

Liverpool

  • 22Simon Mignolet
  • 17Mamadou Sakho
  • 23Emre Can
  • 37Martin Skrtel
  • 8Steven Gerrard
  • -> Adam Lallana
  • 14Jordan Henderson
  • 18Alberto Moreno
  • 21Lucas
  • 31Raheem Sterling
  • 10Philippe Coutinho
  • 50Lazar Markovic
  • Subs
  • 46Jordan Rossiter
  • 9Rickie Lambert
  • 29Fabio Borini
  • 3José Enrique
  • 19Javi Manquillo
  • 52Danny Ward

Chelsea

  • 13Thibaut Courtois
  • 3Filipe Luis
  • 2Branislav Ivanovic
  • 26John Terry
  • 24Gary Cahill
  • 12John Obi Mikel
  • 10Eden Hazard
  • 21Nemanja Matic
  • 4Cesc Fàbregas
  • 22Willian
  • -> César Azpilicueta
  • 19Diego Costa
  • Subs
  • 7Ramires
  • 8Oscar
  • 11Didier Drogba
  • 5Kurt Zouma
  • 18Loïc Rémy
  • 1Petr Cech

Liverpool and Chelsea all square after Capital One Cup semifinal first leg

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho still has not won a semifinal against Liverpool after Raheem Sterling's flash of brilliance earned the Reds a deserved 1-1 draw in the opening leg of their Capital One Cup clash.

During his first spell in charge, the Stamford Bridge boss came off second best in last-four clashes against the Merseysiders in the Champions League, twice, and FA Cup.

The League Cup can now be added to that after Eden Hazard's 18th-minute penalty was cancelled out by the England international on the hour.

It will not matter to the Portuguese manager, however, as he will be confident they can get the job done in next week's second leg.

Yet Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers, formerly a member of Mourinho's coaching staff, and his side will have gained great confidence from this performance.

They restricted the visitors, lining up with the Premier League's leading scorer Diego Costa, to just one shot on target all game.

The downside was Liverpool created 19 chances, six on target, but could only come away with a draw.

Pre-match, Rodgers said he felt they could go to Stamford Bridge and win and that will now be required, by whatever means necessary, but the advantage remains with Chelsea.

Considering the history between the clubs there was plenty of simmering tension in the first half but it never transferred into real chances.

Just three shots on target were registered, with Chelsea's solitary effort the penalty.

It came about through Emre Can's naivety, which in some ways is understandable considering he was only thrust into the left-sided centre-back in a three-man defence on Boxing Day.

His first mistake was to allow Cesc Fabregas to skip past him far too easily to reach the byline, his second was to compound his error by trying to recover the situation by connecting with Hazard.

It may not have been the hardest of challenges but referee Mike Atkinson pointed to the spot and Hazard sent Simon Mignolet the wrong way.

It was familiar storyline, last seen back in April when Mourinho's side derailed Liverpool's title bid after capitalising on Steven Gerrard's slip and then defending the life out of the game.

All the meaningful possession had been the hosts, with Philippe Coutinho showing he could add desire and influence to his talents with the ball.

The fleet-footed Brazilian left the experienced John Terry trailing in his wake with one shuffle and had a shot deflected over.

In between he pulled the strings in the zone 20 yards outside Chelsea's penalty area, showing an improved relationship with central striker Sterling.

Gerrard's dipping drive from 30 yards, only just tipped over by Thibaut Courtois, was their best chance although the last action of the half had an incensed Rodgers encroaching on to the pitch claiming a penalty after the ball appeared to hit the hand of Costa laid on the floor.

With a lead in the bag, Chelsea did exactly what Mourinho asked them to in terms of recovering their shape whenever they lost possession and then hitting on the counter-attack.

The Portuguese had planned exactly for this eventuality -- you could almost say inevitability -- by bringing Jon Obi Mikel in alongside regular midfield colossus Nemanja Matic.

When Rodgers talks about a box in midfield he is referring to it in an attacking sense. Mourinho employed his own box but this one 20 or 30 yards deeper.

Very rarely was there more than 15 yards between Chelsea's midfield pair and central defenders Terry and Gary Cahill, shutting down the space Coutinho and Gerrard, in a more advanced role, wanted to work in.

The invention had to come from deeper and when Jordan Henderson slid a pass down the centre Sterling went past Matic before the Serbia international could react, raced past Cahill into the area and beat Courtois.

It was the first goal Chelsea's mean defence had conceded in 341 minutes and all of a sudden the visitors were properly under the cosh.

This seemed to be the game the 22-year-old Coutinho came of age and his run set up Gerrard to hit the post with a placed left-footed shot before the Brazil international forced Courtois into a low save and Martin Skrtel headed over.

Chelsea's goalkeeper was by far the busier and was at his best to save from Henderson and then react quickly to block Sterling's rebound before palming away substitute Adam Lallana's volley.

The Belgian's performance may just prove to be the one that takes them to Wembley.




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