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Jose Mourinho often boasts about his formidable record against the big teams, but it's a different story when he comes up against Liverpool in the cup.
The Portuguese manager won just two of his nine cup competitions against Liverpool during his first stint at Chelsea, with one of those victories coming in a Champions League semi-final first leg encounter.
Mourinho's men went on the lose the second leg in 2007 by the same 1-0 scoreline and were dumped out on penalties.
The Special One's high-flying Blues travel to Liverpool on Tuesday with Mourinho hoping to eradicate his unfavourable record.
Mourinho's record against Liverpool in cup competitions:
- Played: 9
- Won: 2 (League Cup final in Febraury 2005, Champions League semi-final first leg in April 2007)
- Drawn: 3 (Champions League semi-final first leg in April 2007, Champions League group stage in September 2007, and December 2007)
- Lost: 4 (Champions League semi-final second leg in May 2007, FA Cup semi-final in April 2006, Charity Shield in August 2007, Champions League semi-final second leg in April 2007)
Jose Mourinho has urged Chelsea fans to stop giving Steven Gerrard a hard time over his costly slip at Anfield last season.
Liverpool's captain fell over with the ball at his feet when Chelsea visited Anfield in a crucial Premier League clash in April 2014.
The Blues broke away and took the lead, eventually winning the fixture 2-0 and effectively ending Liverpool and Gerrard's hopes of collecting his first ever league title.
Chelsea fans will travel to Liverpool in their thousands for Tuesday's meeting, but Mourinho wants them to scrap any chants directed at Gerrard.
Gerrard is an historical player for Liverpool, an historical player for the Premier League, an opponent I always admired and respect. Our fans have a song (about him) that I don’t like, I don’t like it at all.
Maybe a couple of times it’s good fun, but to go on and go on, especially when a player like him deserves respect, I don’t think we need that. We have so many other songs that we don’t need that one.
I love those quotes when Gerrard was saying that, in this life, he would never score against Liverpool. I understand why he was almost, almost, almost coming to Chelsea, and he didn’t. I respect that a lot.
The decision (to stay at Liverpool) for me was proven right because he will always be a Red for ever.
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