Roberto Di Matteo insists Chelsea are 'in it to win it' in the League Cup this season.

The Blues assistant manager won the competition as a player with the Stamford Bridge side in 1998, and is well aware of the benefits that can come with lifting a trophy in February.

A run in the competition would also ease the pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas in west London, although the trip to Anfield is guaranteed to be a tough test for the former Porto manager's side.

"From our first game in the competition, you could see we set out to win it," Di Matteo told the official Chelsea website.

"It's a way of winning a cup and can also give a positive momentum if you win a trophy in that part of the season.

"The success under Luca [Vialli] gave the team real belief and momentum, it was a real positive effect to go on and win the Cup Winners' Cup, and finish the season well."

Young players are set to get their chance in tonight's quarter-final clash on Merseyside, with Romelu Lukaku and Josh McEachran both in contention for starts.

The pair have been linked with loan moves away from the club in January, but Di Matteo believes both have the chance to show they should be involved more regularly in the first team against the Reds tonight.

"I'm sure Lukaku knew he wouldn't be able to just walk into the team. He has to work hard and when he gets his opportunity show he serves to be in the team, it's very simple," added the Italian.

"Josh is a great talent, a good player, but look at the competition he has in his position, they are all senior international players, but he will definitely be the future of the club."

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