Chelsea boss Mourinho hints at Hilario start against Liverpool

After No.1 goalkeeper Petr Cech dislocated his shoulder against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night, the Portuguese is tempted to protect backup Mark Schwarzer on Sunday
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is fearful of backup goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer picking up an injury against Liverpool on Sunday, hinting that Hilario may start.

The Blues are expected to field a heavily rotated side at Anfield, despite needing a win to keep their faint Premier League title hopes alive.

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Petr Cech will be unavailable to Mourinho after sustaining a dislocated shoulder in Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at Atletico Madrid and, mindful of the return match on Wednesday, the Portuguese is tempted to leave the Australian, Cech's replacement, out of the firing line for domestic action.

Such a decision would open the door for Hilario to make his first Chelsea appearance since August 2011 - when he kept goal in a 3-1 win over Norwich City at Stamford Bridge - and Mourinho has full faith in the 38-year-old's ability to step up.

"It's a big dilemma," he told the club's official website, "especially with players who are always looking for penalties and go for contact with the goalkeeper, it's even more dangerous.

"I remember when Hilario played against Barcelona in the Champions League [in October 2006], he went in goal and he had to answer so it's a good thing to have a second or third keeper with experience, who goes into the game ready."