Liverpool claimed a place in the League Cup semi-finals as second half goals from Maxi Rodriguez and Martin Kelly ensured Kenny Dalglish’s side won 2-0 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The win moved Dalglish one step closer towards claiming the first trophy of his second spell in charge of the Anfield club.
But the problems continue to mount for Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas after a defeat that will do nothing to ease the pressure on the Portuguese coach, who has been forced to deny his future at the club is under threat.
Rodriguez’s 58th minute goal — which followed his strike against Chelsea nine days ago and is his 10th goal in his last nine starts — put Liverpool ahead before Kelly made it two in the 63rd minute, deflecting attention from Andy Carroll’s first half penalty miss.
Both goals were created by Craig Bellamy who returned to the Liverpool line-up after withdrawing from the weekend draw with Manchester City following the death of his close friend Gary Speed, the Wales manager.
Both managers made wholesale changes from their weekend line-ups with Villa-Boas bringing in nine new faces while Dalglish made seven switches.
Blackburn manager Steve Kean faces a fight to avoid the sack after Championship club Cardiff strolled to 2-0 win over Rovers at the Cardiff City Stadium 2-0 in the League Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday. Goals from Kenny Miller and Anthony Gerrard put the Welsh club into the semis of the League Cup for the first time since 1966.
Aguero sinks Arsenal
Manchester City edged past Arsenal to book their ticket to the semifinals on Tuesday.
Premier League leaders City won at Arsenal for the first in 36 years with a late goal by Sergio Aguero earning a 1-0 victory against a much-changed home side in front of a 60,000 crowd.
Arsenal were the more lively side but struggled to create many clear chances with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Park chu-Young having their best attempts in the first half.
City had not managed an effort on target until the 83rd minute when Edin Dzeko set Adam Johnson away and the ball was threaded through to Aguero to score his 12th goal of the season.