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Carragher: Different at the bridge

Expect a different ball game when Liverpool visit Stamford Bridge for their League Cup semi-final return-leg clash on Wednesday morning (Singapore time).

Their former defender Jamie Carragher warned Liverpool might struggle without the home-crowd factor, which galvanised the Reds in the 1-1 draw at Anfield yesterday morning.

Liverpool could not finish off Chelsea after Raheem Sterling cancelled out Eden Hazard's successful first-half penalty in a dominant second half.

Carragher said on Sky Sports: "It will be totally different. What I saw from Liverpool was them at their best.

"When you have that pace and penetration in your play, bring the crowd together and use the energy from the players and crowd together, they caused Chelsea massive problems.

"They won't have that at Stamford Bridge. I'm sure they'll take six of seven thousand Liverpool fans, but they won't be able to use the crowd."

Television pundit Carragher feels Reds manager Brendan Rodgers will need to employ the correct tactics in the return leg.

"Chelsea were very lucky tonight, but it will be about how Liverpool set up.

"(Liverpool) will be buzzing that they came back against the top team in the country, but it's going to be a big ask at Stamford Bridge."

Chelsea were content to contain Liverpool at Anfield, according to former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet, now Sunderland manager.

"It was a totally different Chelsea. Not the Chelsea that were aggressive at the weekend, they were holding, waiting.

"It was like the Chelsea of a few years ago when they won the league, making it difficult for the opposition."

But Rodgers is in buoyant mood, especially with Daniel Sturridge possibly available after a long injury absence.

The Reds boss said: "You would expect Chelsea to open up more playing at home and that will suit us even more.

"There is absolutely no doubt we can go to the second leg and get the performance we need and we will have confidence in that."

After hammering Swansea 5-0 last Saturday, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had expected more from his side, especially after they took the lead.

"Obviously Liverpool didn't deserve to lose, but I go (away) frustrated," he said.

"To score only one goal frustrates me." 
- Wire Services.