Lampard: Not Liverpool this year please

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says he is sick and tired of meeting Liverpool in the Champions League knockout stages, and hopes the Blues can avoid Rafa Benitez's men this year.

The Stamford Bridge side have met their Anfield counterparts in three of the last four European Cup semi-finals, with the Reds triumphing in 2005 and 2006, before Chelsea progressed to their first ever Champions League final last season at Liverpool's expense.

However, the England midfielder believes the Merseysiders will be just as keen to avoid the resurgent Blues in the quarter-finals, with Guus Hiddink unbeaten in his first six matches in charge, winning the first five before Tuesday's 2-2 draw in Turin against Juventus.

“Maybe Liverpool don’t want to play us either. I think everyone’s a bit fed up of that one," he told The Sun.

“But fate says it could happen and we’ll see. If it happens, you have to deal with it.

“I think the spirit we’ve had for the last five years, at times this season we maybe didn’t quite have it, and it showed.

“But I think on Tuesday night, and in the last five or six games, we showed that when we’re together, when we’ve got the spirit, when we’ve got the quality in the team, we can go wherever we want.

“The new coach has given a boost to everyone. He commands respect but also has a certain aura. All the great coaches with whom I’ve worked give you fear and Hiddink is one of them. He is a great coach and has got great results in every job he has had.”

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