Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs Chelsea: Steven Gerrard replaces Borini

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Steven Gerrard returns to the Liverpool side for tonight’s League Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea at Anfield.

KINGSTON-UPON-THAMES, ENGLAND - Monday, January 5, 2015: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard in action against AFC Wimbledon during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at the Kingsmeadow Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The skipper replaces Fabio Borini in the only change from the side that won 2-0 at Aston Villa on Saturday – that means Raheem Sterling moving into the forward’s role.

Gerrard – who missed the Villa match due to a hamstring injury – is expected to start as one of the two attacking midfielders, alongside Philippe Coutinho.

Rodgers makes the bold decision to keep with Lazar Markovic on the right of midfield, rather than bringing in the more defensively minded Javier Manquillo to help stop the threat of Eden Hazard.

Mario Balotelli isn’t in the squad.

Kick off at Anfield tonight is 7.45pm (UK).

Liverpool: Mignolet – Can, Skrtel, Sakho – Markovic, Henderson, Lucas, Moreno – Gerrard, Coutinho – Sterling.

Subs: Ward, Enrique, Lambert, Manquillo, Lallana, Borini, Rossiter

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Mikel; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Cech, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Oscar, Remy, Drogba.

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