Blues out for revenge

LONDON - Liverpool's Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea will be desperate for revenge when battle commences in the Champions League semifinals at Anfield today.

LONDON - Liverpool's Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea will be desperate for revenge when battle commences in the Champions League semifinals at Anfield today.

The two English Premier League sides clash at the last four stage for the third time in four years, Liverpool having triumphed on both previous occasions in extremely close and controversial encounters.

Today's first leg on Merseyside looks set to be another classic, with Carragher predicting that the Blues will come out fighting from the first whistle.

"We have beaten them three times in semifinals when you include the FA Cup in 2006, so they will be desperate to turn us over.

"It will be as close as the last two Euro clashes. It's always been that way against them and I wouldn't expect it to be any different."

The 2005 semifinals saw a scoreless draw at Stamford Bridge followed by a highly disputed goal for Liverpool's Luis Garcia in the second leg, which many felt William Gallas had prevented from crossing the goal line.

And if that was not thrilling enough, in the 2007 semifinals, Liverpool went through 4-1 on penalties at Anfield, each side having won their home legs 1-0.

Victory for either Reds manager Rafael Benitez or Blues boss Avram Grant in this encounter could be enough to preserve their jobs, with both reportedly under pressure from their respective club owners.

Both sides could be missing key players. For Chelsea, striker Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack may miss out, while Frank Lampard has been absent recently because of family matters.

Reds skipper Steven Gerrard has a neck problem, though Sami Hyppia and Javier Mascherano should shake off injuries sustained on Saturday, in time for the Anfield clash. - Sapa-AFP

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