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Rodgers looking forward to 'fantastic tie' as Liverpool draw Chelsea in League Cup semi finals

Liverpool go up against Chelsea in the pick of the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

The Reds won 3-1 at Bournemouth to reach the last four, while Chelsea put out a strong side to win by the same margin at Derby on Tuesday.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho won his first trophy in England by beating Liverpool to the League Cup in 2005, and his side will be away in the first leg.

"It will be a fantastic tie," Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers told Sky Sports.

"If you want to win this competition you have to play against the good sides.

"The most important thing was getting through, but our performance was brilliant.

"We're into the semi-final, it's over two legs and it didn't matter who we got. We needed to get there, it's Chelsea and we look forward to it."

In the other semi final, Sheffield United take on Tottenham.

The ties are set to be played on January 20 and 21 and January 27 and 28.

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Pardew praises 'fabulous' Harry Kane

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Harry Kane: simply fabulous. Credit: PA

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has predicted a bright England future for Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

The 21-year-old frontman is busily making a name for himself at White Hart Lane after emerging from the Academy ranks, and Pardew, while wary of him as he prepares to take his Magpies team to north London for Wednesday night's Capital One Cup quarter-final clash with Spurs, is excited by him.

The 53-year-old, who watched Kane score in Sunday's 2-1 Premier League victory at Swansea, said: "I think he is fabulous.

"I watched him on Sunday and when you have got an English striker who can do 13km at pace and have the quality and technical ability in the box, [England manager] Roy Hodgson should count himself very lucky."

Taylor and Sissoko return for League Cup quarter-final

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will welcome Steven Taylor and Moussa Sissoko back from suspension for Wednesday night's Capital One Cup quarter-final trip to Tottenham.

Central defender Taylor missed Saturday evening's 4-1 Barclays Premier League defeat after being sent off for two bookable offences during the 2-1 victory over Chelsea, while midfielder Sissoko sat out following his fifth booking of the campaign in the same game.

Full-back Daryl Janmaat will not figure at White Hart Lane after collecting his own fifth caution of the season against the Gunners, while keepers Tim Krul (ankle) and Rob Elliot (thigh) and midfielders Mehdi Abeid (toe), Rolando Aarons (hamstring), Ryan Taylor (knee) and Siem de Jong and Gabriel Obertan (both thigh) remain on the sidelines.

Provisional Newcastle squad: Alnwick, Woodman, Dummett, S Taylor, Williamson, Coloccini, Streete, Haidara, Tiote, Anita, Sissoko, Cabella, Colback, Gouffran, Ameobi, Riviere, Cisse, Perez, Armstrong.

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