John Terry is expecting a tough game at Anfield on Tuesday night.
Liverpool have started to find some form and consistency in the last few weeks after a poor start to the season, having gone eight games without defeat since losing 3-0 to Manchester United in mid-December.
However, they are hosting the side who sit five points clear at the top of the Premier League, and head into the game on the back of a 5-0 thrashing of Swansea City, where the West Londoners played some of the best football seen this season.
Despite the form reading strongly in the Blues favour, Liverpool will be out to upset Jose Mourinho’s men, and club captain John Terry has told the official Chelsea website that he is expecting a tough game, with form and past results discarded ahead of a one-off battle for the final.
“It’s going to be a tough place to go,” the 34-year-old said. “I think Studge [Daniel Sturridge] might be back, Sterling is back as well and they proved when we went up there in the league that it’s always a tough game.
“You kind of forget form and where they are, it goes out of the window, it’s Chelsea v Liverpool. It’s going to be tough and over the two legs I just hope we’re strong enough.”
Terry also added some thoughts on the quality of football being played by the Blues at this moment in time, highlighting the Swansea performance as one of the best he has ever seen.
He added: “In the first half at Swansea, the football and the goals were some of the best I’ve seen. Myself and Gaz [Gary Cahill] felt like we weren’t doing much apart from applauding what we were seeing in front of us, it was a delight to watch and I really hope we continue that.”
A 4-0 half-time score all but assured victory for Chelsea at the weekend, with Oscar’s goal inside the opening minute ending the game as a contest before it had even begun. The convincing performance allowed the Blues the chance to sit back and recover their fitness ahead of tonight’s League Cup tie, and their domination at the weekend may just give the added boost needed to overcome Brendan Rodgers’ side at Anfield.