Their achievement in the Premier League last year was enough to show that Brendan Rodgers’ side has potential to grow, but a win in the Capital One Cup would give his team a platform on which to build.
Rodgers has a lot to be credited with in his time at the Anfield club, not least the development of the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson. Daniel Sturridge and Jon Flanagan were also key players last season as the Reds pushed for the Premier League title, missing out only in the last three games of the season.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has made the shock move of praising referee Kevin Friend over his decision not to award a penalty in Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Watford, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Portuguese manager has repeatedly complained about the standard of officiating in recent weeks, with Mourinho believing that his side are the centre of a conspiracy.
Initially, he complained to the BBC, who were covering the game, saying that it was the third clear penalty in three games that his side had not been awarded.
However, after discussing the decision with Friend, Mourinho admitted that it was an excellent call by the referee, rather than the result of a continued conspiracy against his side.
He said: “I was speaking with the referee and I want to apologise for my comments on TV. What he did was great refereeing.
“He saw that it was a penalty. He was going to give a penalty. But he saw that the ball was going to Remy and he waited a couple of seconds.
“He told me that if Remy did not control the ball well, if the ball had gone over the bar or the ball had been lost then he says he would have given the penalty. So it was a good refereeing. I was complaining but it was good refeering by Kevin.”
The 3-0 win against the Hornets leaves Chelsea still in the hunt for an unprecedented four trophies heading into the business end of the season.
They sit atop the Premier League, although if the season were to end now, they would have to play a play-off against Manchester City to decide the champions.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he was worried over his side’s FA Cup display in their clash with Championship side Watford on Sunday.
The Blues ultimately won the tie 3-0, but Watford were excellent in the first half, and there were genuine fears that the Hornets could spring a cup upset at the home of the league leaders.
Mourinho was therefore forced to throw Diego Costa on at half time, using his key striker, who has played a lot of football already this season, to ensure that a victory was earned and that his side progressed to the fourth round of England’s most prestigious cup competition.
After half time, goals from Willian, Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma ultimately ensured that the Stamford Bridge club won the game.
Willian was also an introduction from the bench, showing the extent to which Mourinho was concerned about the potential slip that Watford presented to his team.
He said: “I was worried at half-time. The game was always under control but we were not strong enough in our attacking dynamic to score.
“And in these matches when you don’t score you have that risk.”