Liverpool predicted line-up vs Chelsea

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Liverpool are just one win away from reaching the Capital One Cup final, but must complete the difficult task of defeating Chelsea on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge.

The Reds put in a dominant display against Jose Mourinho's men last week in the first leg, however could not capitalise on their effort and drew 1-1 in the first leg at Anfield.

The West London club were on the losing end of a shock 4-2 loss to Bradford City in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, much to Mourinho's displeasure and Chelsea will be desperate to bounce back from that loss.

Brendan Rodgers' men have been in fine form in recent weeks, unbeaten in their last ten matches and the Northern Irishman looks to guide Liverpool to Wembley for the first time since he took the helm at Anfield in 2012.

Liverpool drew 0-0 with Bolton Wanderers at the weekend, however Rodgers rested several key players against the Championship side and they will likely come back fully refreshed for this tie.

Starting XI

Goalkeeper - Simon Mignolet

In his last two games, Simon Mignolet has not had all that much to do in the Liverpool goal. He was very quiet in the first leg, facing just one shot on target which was Edin Hazard's penalty. It's likely that the Belgian will be a lot busier in the return game, with Chelsea scoring 24 goals in ten Premier League games at home, with Diego Costa scoring nine of those and the Spanish international will look to test Mignolet early on.

Centre-back - Emre Can

Emre Can commanded the Liverpool defence on Saturday but will likely be shifted back to the right-hand side of three. The German has settled well in the defence and had an excellent game against Chelsea last week despite giving away a penalty. He gave Hazard little space to work in the second-half and Can outmuscles the Blues' winger often and if he can repeat the same, Liverpool have an excellent chance.

Centre-back - Martin Skrtel

On Saturday, Martin Skrtel was given a well deserved rest after a string of excellent performances and will be fired up for this clash. The former Zenit St. Petersburg man has had two excellent battles with Costa already this term and it was Skrtel who easily won the latest, not allowing the Chelsea striker any space on the ball and the same tactics will likely be employed once again.

Centre-back - Mamdou Sakho

Oscar is so often the brains behind Chelsea attacks, but Mamdou Sakho stopped the Brazilian from playing last week. The 24-year-old completely outplayed Oscar by imposing his physical stature as well hitting a number of good passes that started attacks for his side.

Right wing-back - Lazar Markovic

Despite being a natural winger, Lazar Markovic for the majority of the first-half against Chelsea last week had to keep close tags on Hazard in the first-half and did well to keep the Belgian as quiet as possible. After the break, Markovic began what he does best which is running with the ball at his and had some joy when cutting into the Chelsea box and will look to repeat that.

Centre-midfield - Lucas

It is likely that Lucas will be key to a Liverpool victory on Tuesday. Cesc Fabregas has been unstoppable this season and has built up a fine rapport with Costa with the pair combining so often. If Lucas can cut off the supply line to Costa which will come from Fabregas, it will be a massive boost for Liverpool and the Reds will see plenty of the ball.

Centre-midfield - Jordan Henderson

In recent weeks, Jordan Henderson has began to really come of age in the middle of the park. His performance against the Blues last week was top draw, constantly on the look out to win the ball back for his side, giving no room for Nemanja Matic to play. Henderson has also significantly improved his forward play and will too look to get into the box and grab himself a goal.

Left-wingback - Alberto Moreno

Playing in his new role, Alberto Moreno has come on leaps and bounds as it allows him to thrust forward in any given opportunity. His natural left-foot gives Liverpool options to whip crosses into the box as well as for him to surge into the box, much like his goal against Swansea City.

Attacking-midfield - Steven Gerrard

Everyone in football knows how desperate Steven Gerrard is to win a final trophy before he leaves for LA Galaxy at the end of the season. He was subbed off early in the first leg and missed Saturday's game in preparation for this game. He was excellent against Chelsea last week playing in an advanced role, testing Thibaut Courtois in the first-half and striking the bar after the break and will put his body on the line to reach Wembley.

Attacking-midfield - Philippe Coutinho

If Liverpool need one player to perform on Tuesday evening, it is Philippe Coutinho. He is the brains behind the team, starting every game since the 1-1 draw with FC Basel in December and has been in excellent form. His effort last week caused all kinds of problems for Chelsea, twisting and turning and created plenty of opportunities for his side and if the Brazilian has a similar performance, the Reds will have an excellent chance of winning.

Striker - Raheem Sterling

Gary Cahill won't be able to forget the goal Raheem Sterling scored in the first leg, when he burst past the Blues' back-four to score an incredible solo goal. The 20-year-old had plenty of chances against Bolton but failed to put any away, but that was down to a Trotters' side playing for a draw. With Chelsea having to score, there will be more gaps for Sterling to expose.


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