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Five key talking points ahead of the second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (right) shakes the hand of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers (left) at the full time

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (right) shakes the hand of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers (left) at the full time

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (right) shakes the hand of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers (left) at the full time

Chelsea play Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final. Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the talking points.

1. HOW WILL THE SIDES COPE WITH THEIR FA CUP HANGOVERS?

Liverpool could only draw 0-0 with Bolton after Chelsea had conceded a two-goal lead to lose 4-2 to Bradford. Jose Mourinho said: "Does this affect the next match? I don't know. Because many of the players were not directly involved in the game, I don't think these players can be affected." Wholesale Blues changes are expected, while the Reds will call in reinforcements, too.

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Mark Yeates celebrates his goal for Bradford against Chelsea in the FA Cup.

Mark Yeates celebrates his goal for Bradford against Chelsea in the FA Cup.

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Mark Yeates celebrates his goal for Bradford against Chelsea in the FA Cup.

 

2. SPECIAL ONE CONTINUING TO DISH OUT LESSONS?

Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers celebrated their birthdays on Monday - turning 52 and 42, respectively. Rodgers worked under the Portuguese during his first spell at Stamford Bridge, but as a rival is yet to get one over his master. The 1-1 first-leg draw was the first time in four meetings that Rodgers' Liverpool have avoided defeat against Mourinho's Chelsea.

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Main man: Jose Mourinho's office at Chelsea is full of books about himself

Main man: Jose Mourinho's office at Chelsea is full of books about himself

Main man: Jose Mourinho's office at Chelsea is full of books about himself

 

3. ATMOSPHERE MATTERS, ACCORDING TO MOURINHO

Mourinho has bemoaned playing in an "empty stadium" in critiquing the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge this season and again spoke of the support following the first leg. "If Stamford Bridge can give us 25 per cent of the emotion Anfield gives Liverpool, I think we can do it," he said. Are the fans irked by his repeated criticisms, though, and can Liverpool quieten their hosts?

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Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea applaud the fans

Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea applaud the fans

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Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea applaud the fans

 

4. STRIKING DISTRACTIONS

Daniel Sturridge could return to his former club and play for Liverpool for the first time since August, but Mario Balotelli remains a distraction for the Reds. Chelsea, too, have striking issues. Without Diego Costa - like against Bradford - they look blunt, with Didier Drogba and Loic Remy firing only intermittently. If Costa suffers an injury, Chelsea could struggle to replace his goals.

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Liverpool will be patient with Daniel Sturridge as he makes his comeback from injury

Liverpool will be patient with Daniel Sturridge as he makes his comeback from injury

Liverpool will be patient with Daniel Sturridge as he makes his comeback from injury

 

5. DEFENSIVE JITTERS

Liverpool's defensive struggles have been well documented, but are Chelsea, and particularly Gary Cahill, also in trouble? Cahill was part of the defensive unit which conceded four to Bradford and five to Tottenham, where Harry Kane gave him a tortuous time. He back-pedalled frantically for Raheem Sterling's strike at Anfield and Liverpool will aim to get at him again.

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Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno gets his shot away despite pressure from Chelsea's Gary Cahill during their Capital One Cup semi-final clash at Anfield. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno gets his shot away despite pressure from Chelsea's Gary Cahill during their Capital One Cup semi-final clash at Anfield. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

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Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno gets his shot away despite pressure from Chelsea's Gary Cahill during their Capital One Cup semi-final clash at Anfield. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

 

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