"I would rather play in Moscow! So maybe it is worth it, though I love playing at Anfield.
"It's a very special place to play but I will just have to wait to play in the home leg."
Essien was part of the Blues side eliminated by Liverpool in a penalty shootout in last season's semi-final. And he reckons the pain he and his team-mates still feel will help them go one better this time.
He confessed: "It hurt a lot. To lose at the last match before what could be the biggest game of your career - a Champions League final - is very, very painful."