League Cup draw: Chelsea to play Liverpool in semi-finals

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Chelsea are three points clear at the top of the Premier League

Premier League leaders Chelsea will play Liverpool in the semi-finals of the League Cup, with Tottenham meeting Sheffield United in the other tie.

Jose Mourinho's Blues won 2-1 at Anfield when the teams last met, in a top-flight match on 8 November.

League One side Sheffield United have already knocked out Premier League teams Southampton and West Ham en route to facing 2008 winners Spurs.

The two-legged ties will be played next month, with the final on 1 March.

League Cup semi-final draw
Liverpool v ChelseaTottenham v Sheffield United
First legs: w/c 19 January; Second legs: w/c 26 January

Liverpool and Chelsea both overcame Championship opposition with 3-1 away victories in the quarter-finals.

Brendan Rodgers's Reds won at Bournemouth on Wednesday, 24 hours after Chelsea beat Derby County.

Rodgers told Sky Sports: "It didn't matter who we got in the draw, it was just important to get there.

"To win this competition you have to win games against big sides."

Tottenham beat Newcastle 4-0 to book their place in the semi-finals, while Sheffield United were 1-0 victors against Southampton.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said: "We have respect for Sheffield United - it is never easy. They deserve to be in the semi-final. We expect a tough game."

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