Nothing puts a smile on Jose Mourinho’s face quite like beating Liverpool, but the Reds’ semi-final record against the Special One will ensure he doesn’t savour this Anfield sojourn.
The Portuguese’s Chelsea side are 6/5 to claim the first-leg laurels in the opening Capital One Cup final-four showdown, while it’s 9/4 about the tie ending all square.
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Brendan Rodgers’ men stretched their unbeaten streak to seven matches in all competitions by beating Aston Villa last time out.
Chelsea are surfing a rich vein of form heading into this one too, having won three straight games to nil approaching this one, as well as winning three straight against their next adversary.
Though the last time they visited a team of a similar stature in Tottenham, they were beaten 5-3, while Southampton held them to a 1-1 draw a few days prior.
But the formbook only plays a small part in drawing a conclusion that favours the hosts here.
In three semi-finals against Mourinho-managed Chelsea sides, Liverpool boast a 100 per cent record.
Their first last-four skirmish took place in the 2004/05 Champions League, when a grossly inferior Reds outfit complete with Igor Biscan and Djimi Traore prevented their lavishly-furnished Blue counterparts from scoring a goal across two legs and eventually prevailed 1-0.
The pair locked horns in the FA Cup semi-final a season later when Liverpool weren’t so defensively astute, but still managed to record a 2-1 win.
Another Champions League last-four face off took place the following campaign when Mourinho was still incapable of getting the better of Liverpool, losing 4-1 on penalties after drawing 1-1 on aggregate.