Chelsea host Liverpool in a Capital One Cup semi-final second leg.


Sterling could hold the key for the Reds... if Nemanja Matic is occupied says Jamie Redknapp.

The Liverpool squad to face Chelsea in the Capital One Cup semi-final second-leg have travelled to London as they hope to put in a performance that'll see them knock the Premier League leaders out of the competition as Bradford City did over the weekend at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup fourth round tie.

Chelsea are looking to recover from a "disgraceful" performance on Saturday - as the Blues manager Jose Mourinho labelled it - which saw them lose 4-2 to Bradford City.

With Mourinho saying this is their only chance of heading to Wembley this season, we are in for an intriguing match on Tuesday night and former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp reckons it could be one of the games of the season.

"People say it’s only the Capital One Cup, but this could be one of the games of the season." Redknapp told the Daily Mail.

"There is a Wembley final at stake and the bigger picture to think about.

"If Chelsea win, they move on and can take a big step towards the title if they beat Man City on Saturday and a Liverpool win could inspire the rest of their season."

The football pundit, Redknapp, also explained how he thinks Chelsea can seal the win at Stamford Bridge, saying: "Jose Mourinho reverted to type at Anfield. It didn’t work.

"He loves being the underdog and tends to be more defensive in the big games, but playing John Obi Mikel as an extra midfield shield has not worked.

"This Chelsea team is just not built to play defensively. For Jose attack is definitely the best form of defence," the former England international continued.

"It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see Liverpool’s weakness is at the back, and I fully expect Mourinho to name his strongest team on Tuesday night.

"As we saw at Swansea, when they are let off the leash, they are almost unstoppable."

Redknapp continued as he gave his take on how his former team [Liverpool] can cause damage to Mourinho's side who host the Reds on the night at west London.

"After letting in five at Spurs and four against Bradford, there will be doubts creeping into the minds of Chelsea players and fans alike,” he added.

"Liverpool must prey on that. They will have to be patient but their system caused Chelsea problems last week.

"Steven Gerrard was rested on Saturday so should start and I’d like to see him playing in an advanced role again. If he and Philippe Coutinho can keep Nemanja Matic occupied, then that might tempt John Terry or Gary Cahill to step out and deal with him, as our pitch map shows.

"If that happens, that leaves Raheem Sterling with a one-on-one situation. After the way he played last week, that is the last thing Chelsea will want."

Written by @Chukkymufc


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