Steven Gerrard's stats against Chelsea make for horrific reading

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been passed fit to face Chelsea in tonight's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Anfield, which must be a huge relief for the outgoing Reds skipper given his truly horrific record against a side he very nearly joined a decade ago.

Gerrard has featured against Chelsea 37 times across his glittering 16-year professional career and scored, wait for it, just once.

The 34-year-old is running out of time to make a small indent in that terrible run and exact genuine revenge for last season's heartbreaking slip against the Blues, which is just one reason why the two-legged tie should be hugely important to Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers also under pressure to deliver

Rodgers has to share the burden of delivering in a high-pressure situation, despite doing his level best to play down one of the far more intriguing rivalries in English football at this moment in time.

Mourinho took Rodgers under his wing at Chelsea well over a decade ago and put the Reds boss firmly in his place each time they've met over the last 18 months.

The 41-year-has failed to win any of his five games against Chelsea since taking charge on Merseyside or a trophy for that matter, imagine what a boost if would give Liverpool if he could tick both of those boxes this season and remind Mourinho of his immense potential in the process.

Liverpool vs. Chelsea infographic

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Blues chasing history of their own

Chelsea for their part are fresh from producing arguably their best performance of the season against Swansea City last weekend, crushing an established Premier League side 5-0 on their own patch courtesy of an utterly ruthless first 45 minutes.

That display should give the Blues confidence they're capable of winning at Anfield for the third time in very quick succession, something that has never been achieved by Chelsea in their long and illustrious, alright long, history.

Mourinho also has an extremely favourable record against Liverpool the fifth manager to win the League Cup three times, which is just one of three key reasons why tonight's tie is one to be relished by both sets of supporters despite the League Cup being viewed as a minor priority by top managers in recent times.

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