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Jamie Carragher jokes about cup draw - Jose Mourinho won't be happy!

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Liverpool drew Chelsea in the Capital One Cup and it's not the first time the Reds have drawn the Blues in a semi-final...

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...

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?

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