Liverpool to meet Chelsea in League Cup semis

Liverpool will take on Chelsea in the League Cup semi-finals, while Tottenham go head to head with third-tier Sheffield United.

Brendan Rodgers' side overcame Bournemouth 3-1 in the last eight on Wednesday, and will now face the current Premier League leaders over two legs in the new year.

Chelsea also prevailed 3-1 against Championship opposition, as they triumphed against Derby County on Tuesday.

The two sides contested the final of this competition in 2005, when Chelsea emerged 3-2 victors after extra-time having found a late equaliser through Steven Gerrard's own goal.

The other tie sees Spurs take on League One outfit United, who provided the shock of the quarter-final round by seeing off Premier League Southampton 1-0 at Bramall Lane.

Tottenham won this competition as recently as 2008, and booked their place in the last four this time with a 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle United at White Hart Lane.

United, have only once before reached this stage, in 2003 - but they have good cup pedigree having reached the final four of last season's FA Cup before falling to Hull City 5-3 at Wembley.

The first leg ties are due to be played during the week commencing January 19, with the return fixtures scheduled for the following week.