Rodgers on Liverpool's objectives, goal celebrations and facing Chelsea

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of the side's League Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said winning the Capital One Cup could be a springboard to success for the Reds as they prepare for tomorrow's semi-final first leg against Chelsea at Anfield.

The Reds' was speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the game from the club's Melwood training base, and drew comparisons with tomorrow evening's opponents about the effect it could have on Liverpool going forward.

He told reporters that the aim is to win a trophy and to qualify for the Champions League.

Rodgers said: "Over the last 10 years they have shown once you win the first one, you can go on and sustain it. They will tell you that first trophy was the most important. We know if you want to win the competition you have to beat the best teams."

The challenge of progressing is perhaps a little more difficult for Liverpool over two legs, with the first one at Anfield, and Rodgers says there has been talk about how it could be a different type of game from when the side's met back at Anfield in November, where Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1.

"When we last played them, we weren't in a good moment but we're developing, improving and confidence is very high.

"We have spoken about the fact it is a different type of game. You don't need to open up too much. We want to win, but the tie won't be won or lost in the first game. We know we'll have to deal with pressure at moments in the game but the most important thing is to make sure we are in a good position in the second leg."

The Reds go into the game on the back of two league wins including two clean sheets. The weekend's 2-0 win over Aston Villa saw Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert on the scoresheet. Despite the latter of the two receiving a booking for their celebration, Rodgers said it was worth it.

He added: "I thought it was brilliant. I know he got booked for it but it was a yellow card worth taking. To score a goal like that s a local boy the chance to celebrate with your own supporters ... it captured the spirit we have and it was a great moment.

"I was very pleased for Fabio. He's never given up in his time here. He's shown great personality to persevere. If they're working hard in training they will get a chance. We've shown that a number of times here. He understands tactically the game very well, what we're trying to do."

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