Liverpool's first-team stars have more than one reason to be motivated as they prepare to travel to London to take on Jose Mourinho's Chelsea team this Saturday.
Despite sealing their first win in Wednesday's League Cup clash against Bournemouth, the Reds have failed to convince in Jurgen Klopp's first four games in charge. The Liverpool players have been waiting for the opportunity to prove themselves to the German manager in a big game – Chelsea represents their first.
While a win against a fellow top-four contender would be a significant boost for everyone at the Anfield club, the chance to deliver some long-awaited revenge to Mourinho is only adding to their motivation.
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A report in the Mirror suggested that a loss against the Reds will seal the Special One's fate with Roman Abramovich ready to sack him for the second time in his Stamford Bridge reign.
Chelsea have lost five of their opening ten Premier League games and have won only one of their last seven in all competitions. Their most recent disappointment came earlier this week, when they were knocked out of the League Cup to Stoke City on penalties.
Liverpool know Mourinho's position at Chelsea will become very unstable if they can leave with all three points and seeing the Portuguese in the unemployment line will bring a smile to at least eight of the current Reds outfit.
Those eight players were present during their infamous 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in the 2013/14 season, essentially costing them the chance to win their first Premier League title. They believed Mourinho, who had no chance of winning the title himself, revelled in the misfortune of Steven Gerrard and his team.
But Mourinho is not the only man Liverpool are hoping to dislodge. Their real disdain, as an Anfield source told the Telegraph, is held for Mourinho's controversial assistant Rui Faria.
Faria would almost certainly leave Stamford Bridge if Mourinho goes and that is only adding to Liverpool's desire to win.
That source said: “There are a few players who would like to gain a bit of revenge on Mourinho and Chelsea, but it is Faria who is really disliked. He loves to get involved and act the hard man, but then he is usually hiding behind somebody or letting himself be restrained.”