Liverpool boss has no fear of Chelsea ahead of Capital One Cup semi-final

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers feels that his side should not be afraid of Chelsea ahead of their Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, Mirror reports.

Rodgers believes the Reds have no need to fear their opponents, pointing to the first leg at Anfield, in which his side dominated the Premier League leaders.

And although Liverpool only managed a 1-1 draw at home, Rodgers is confident that they will finish the job in order to continue their path to the final at Wembley.

Rodgers said: “The message is for us to go out and have no fear.

“We respect the opponent of course because they’re a very good team but we’ve got nothing to fear in the game. We’re a team that’s in a good moment.

“We’re playing well, we’re working well and we know we can go there and win – that’s key.”

A player that could give Rodgers a massive boost in the tie is star striker Daniel Sturridge, who has just returned to training after recovering from a thigh injury.

However, despite the England international travelling with the team to London, it is unlikely he will feature against his former club.

Instead Rodgers will rely on the squad that battered the Chelsea defence last week, and will hope to knock Jose Mourinho’s men out of another cup competition in the space of four days following the Blues’ shock 4-2 defeat to Bradford City.