Liverpool v Chelsea tips – Brendan Rodgers can get one over Mourinho
Liverpool need a first leg win in this Capital One Cup clash and they could edge match
January 20th, 2015
Brendan Rodgers learned the tricks of the managerial trade under Jose Mourinho although the Liverpool boss now believes he has an established rivalry with the Chelsea boss and hopes to finally get the better of him.
The Blues wrecked the Reds’ hopes of winning the Premier League title last season and now stand between Liverpool and a trip to Wembley to play in a Capital One Cup final against Tottenham or Sheffield United.
“We probably don’t have as much contact now but the respect has not left,” he said before the semi-final, which will be concluded at Stamford Bridge next week.
“The opportunity to work with him in that period of three-and-a-bit years was invaluable to me and hopefully in some ways I helped him because we had a lot of communication. But of course when you’re fighting for the same competition, the friendship.
“I have a huge respect for him, he’s a wonderful man and coach but you are so engrossed in your own work that you don’t communicate as much, you don’t have the conversations you had before and ultimately you become a rival. But certainly the respect hasn’t dropped or been lost. He is a good man.”
Liverpool will look to keep things tight and exploit their opponents on the counter-attack or from set pieces. Which is where a certain Mr Gerrard might come in!
Liverpool on Draw No Bet @ 6/4 with Sky Bet
Liverpool 1-0 @ 19/2 with BetVictor