There is a sense of history repeating itself with Liverpool this season. Granted, the circumstances are not at all identical - the Reds' miserable Champions League failure has shown that.
But, during a troubled campaign, Liverpool have been drawn against Chelsea in a cup semi-final - just as they were in 2005.
Will it provide the inspiration Brendan Rodgers' side need?
As Jamie Carragher pointed out on Twitter last night - a win is all that counts. Even a controversial one...
All that matters in a semi final is to win! Ghost goal will do!!— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) December 17, 2014
To this day, many claim Jose Mourinho is still incensed that he was denied a Champions League final berth during his first season at Chelsea thanks to Luis Garcia's 'ghost goal' at Anfield, when Liverpool hosted the Blues during the second leg of the semi-final.
Any mention of it will no doubt displease him!
In many ways, though, drawing Chelsea is Liverpool's best possible outcome. Why hope for the easiest draw on paper? Losing to that side - in this case Sheffield United - would cause embarrassment, while winning would not train you for a potential final against Premier League opposition.
Beating Chelsea, however, could very much transform Liverpool's season. And losing to them would be no disgrace, either. Win, win?