Brendan Rodgers: relationship with José Mourinho has become a rivalry

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Brendan Rodgers has accepted it is time to embellish his Liverpool reign with silverware but hinted that progress in the Capital One Cup would further strain his relationship with José Mourinho.

Liverpool host Chelsea in the semi-final first leg on Tuesday with Rodgers yet to win a trophy or record a win over the Stamford Bridge club since becoming manager at Anfield in 2012. That task would be easier “if you’re a manager that comes into a dressing room full of experienced players that have won consistently”, said Rodgers, in what could be interpreted as an unsubtle dig at Mourinho’s work with the commanding Premier League leaders.

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