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Brendan Rodgers confident Liverpool will reach League Cup final

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Brendan Rodgers is confident that Liverpool can beat Chelsea on Tuesday night and advance to the League Cup final.

The Reds were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their semi-final clash with Jose Mourinho's side last week, despite having plenty of chances throughout the 90 minutes, and were unlucky not to have won the game.

Liverpool now face the up-most task of defeating the Blues at Stamford Bridge to secure a place in the final of the tournament they won in 2012 and Rodgers believes his side complete the almost-impossible mission.

“It will be a different game at Stamford Bridge but we are going into the game with no fear,” Rodgers was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo. “We will do everything we can to get to Wembley. Winning a trophy is a priority and it is a one-off game to get us there.

“We certainly won’t underestimate Chelsea. We know that every element of our game has to be at a high level. Particularly away from home, our form and resilience has been getting better and better."

Good form

Chelsea have once again made their West London stadium a fortress since Mourinho took the helm for the second time and have won all of their ten Premier League games at home this season.

However, Liverpool could not go into the game in better form and are unbeaten in their last ten games which includes away victories at Burnley, Sunderland and Aston Villa.

In the first leg against the Blues, the Reds dominated the game from the first to the final minute.

Martin Skrtel kept Diego Costa quiet, with the Spanish striker contributing little due to the former Zenit Saint Petersburg man keeping close ties on his marker.

Chelsea had just two shots on goal, one of those being Edin Hazard's penalty in the 18th minute which was slotted past Simon Mignolet.

Philippe Coutinho thrived in the midfield, with the Blues' back-four menaced by the Brazilian and the same can be said for Raheem Sterling who scored his side's equaliser with a solo goal.

That form continued in the Merseyside clubs' 0-0 draw with Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

Despite the Trotters forcing a draw, Rodgers played an under-strength team and handed starts to Glen Johnson, Joe Allen and Adam Lallana who have been side-lined in recent weeks and looked to be lacking match fitness.

Liverpool were by far the better side against Neil Lennon's side who have lost just one of their last ten Championship matches and had 24 shots at the Bolton goal, with Coutinho, Sterling and Fabio Borini forcing saves out of Adam Bogdan.

Record at the Bridge

Despite Stamford Bridge statistically being the most difficult ground to win at in English football, Liverpool have a decent record when away at Chelsea.

The two sides have met five times within three years at The Bridge and it is the Merseyside outfit who hold the better record, winning three of those clashes.

Stiffer task

Chelsea suffered a shock 4-2 defeat to League One side Bradford City in the FA Cup at the weekend, ending any possibility of completing the 'quadruple' that so many experts  believed Mourinho's side could win.

Although some may see it as a chink in the Blues' armour, Rodgers opposes that idea and feels it bring a better and more passionate performance from the home side.

Their result at the weekend doesn’t help,” Rodgers said. “They will have great motivation and after a game like that you want to put it right, but there is also in the back of your mind even if you are 2-0 up you can lose so there will be a wee bit of trepidation.

“They had a tough result but they are an outstanding side."

Mourinho deemed his side's performance embarrassing at the weekend and one can only imagine his post-match team talk he said to his players.

With that in mind, the likes of Costa, Hazard and Cesc Fabregas with have fuel in their firing belly to redeem their shock loss to Bradford.

However, a performance with passion could leave exposure in the way that the former Real Madrid boss lines his side up, leaving gaps that Sterling and Coutinho could well expose.

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