Chelsea seek to avenge the Barclays Premier League defeat to Liverpool when the two sides take on each other in a Carling Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is set to make changes to his team for the game – with Fernando Torres expected to be handed a start against his former side after sitting on the bench the last time the two sides met.
Villas-Boas could also be tempted to give his young striker Romelu Lukaku a rare start in the game as well.
Chelsea, although not giving up on winning the league title, believes the Carling Cup is definitely within reach.
“This year we’ve looked at it as a trophy for us to win,” Chelsea assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo said.
“It’s a chance to win a cup. It can give a very positive momentum if you win a trophy in that part of the season.
“It’s the first one we can win and we are still in all the competitions, so we have a chance to win them all.
“In terms of the manager, winning a trophy is always very important.”
Liverpool is coming off a energetic 1-1 draw against Manchester City in league on Sunday, while Chelsea cruised past Wolves 3-0 and manager Kenny Dalglish will for sure rest some players.
“48 hours is a bit irresponsible for the people who’ve organised the dates of the matches. It’s not just us, it’s Man City,” Dalglish said on Liverpool official website.
“To ask any team or any players to play two games of high intensity in 48 hours is a bit of a joke.
“I don’t know why the PFA don’t come in and say something about it – it’s their players. For me it’s difficult to understand why they don’t come out and say something. Or do they agree with it?
This means that Dalglish could start the likes of Jamie Carragher, Martin Kelly, Maxi Rodriguez and Andy Carroll.
Craig Bellamy is also expected to start after missing Sunday’s game following the death of his close pal Gary Speed.
Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 when the team’s met on Nov. 20.