Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho believes Bradford defeat will not trouble Chelsea this evening

Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian was speaking ahead of the Capital One Cup tie between the two teams this evening.

Chelsea and Liverpool go head-to-head in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final tie this evening with the score level at 1-1 from the first game at Anfield. Now Philippe Coutinho has been speaking about the game to the official Liverpool website.

That was a game Liverpool would have felt disappointed not to have won. They dominated for large parts of the fixture, but came up against an inspired Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea goal.

However, a lot has happened since then, especially at the weekend. While Liverpool would not have been pleased with their 0-0 draw against Bolton Wanderers at Anfield in the FA Cup, it could have been worse.

Chelsea lost their FA Cup tie on Saturday against League One Bradford City, despite taking a 2-0 lead. They conceded four goals without reply as they were dumped out in one of the greatest FA Cup shocks of all time.

But Liverpool playmaker Coutinho does not believe this will be an issue for them when the two teams face off this evening. He has been speaking to the official Liverpool website about the game. while he admits the players are likely to be disheartened, he does not think it will affect their performance:

"They must be feeling a bit down as they went out of the competition at home; however, every game is a different story and I'm sure they'll try to do their best against Liverpool.

"It's a massive game, a big clash between two great clubs. It's going to be a battle and a beautiful game to watch."

Coutinho, who has found some of his best form in recent weeks, is likely to be pivotal in this evening's tie. As yet he has not won a trophy at Liverpool. The wait for a Liverpool cup or league triumph is now three years, when they beat Cardiff City for the League Cup in 2011-12.

The Brazilian wants to end that wait this year:

"We always dream of moments like these. Reaching the final and winning the trophy would be very important to me as it would be my first title at Liverpool.

Everyone is prepared and looking forward to doing their best to win this tie."

Beat Chelsea tonight and not many would doubt Liverpool's credentials.

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