Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says both he and his players are relishing the opportunity of playing at Anfield ahead of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg with Liverpool.
The Blues travel to Merseyside on the back of Saturday’s thrilling 5-0 win away at Swansea
but are unlikely to achieve a similar result when they meet Brendan Rodgers’ men, who have not lost in eight games in all competitions.
Mourinho has mixed emotions of playing at Anfield, most famously seeing his side lose a Champions League semi-final there in 2005 following a controversial “ghost goal” by Luis Garcia.
Although the ‘Special One’ is expected to make changes to his line-up in a bid to rest players, it is still likely to be a hugely entertaining game on Tuesday night, with Chelsea the current 2.13 favourites to win, while Liverpool are priced at 3.20 and the draw 3.36.
The Capital One Cup is the first part of a possible quadruple for the 51-year-old’s side and they are the hot favourites to lift the trophy at 1.83.
Mourinho says he is looking forward to the chance of trying to gain a result at one of British football’s most storied venues.
“I like to play at Anfield. It’s difficult, but I like it, although I have some difficult memories,” he said.
“We played at Anfield a couple of months ago and there was no problem. It is an historical stadium.
“Who doesn’t like to go there and play there? I like it, my players like it, so there are only good feelings to play at Anfield.”