Liverpool star Raheem Sterling reckons that the club could have beaten Chelsea on any other day with the number of chances that they created in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final at Anfield. Chelsea had earlier taken a 2-1 victory against Liverpool in front of their own supporters in the league, but they were unable to repeat their success on Tuesday. Liverpool were the dominant force throughout the 90 minutes and they created numerous opportunities.
Sterling came up with the equaliser after Chelsea had taken the lead through Eden Hazard’s penalty. The penalty also produced the only shot on target from the visitors, while Liverpool tested Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on several occasions.
Unsurprisingly, the Belgian goalkeeper was given the man of the match award. He made stunning saves during the course of 90 minutes and it included the stoppage of a breath-taking effort from Adam Lallana.
The second leg will be at Stamford Bridge next week and Chelsea are expected to pose much of a threat in front of their own supporters. After going through a period of poor form in the last few weeks,Sterling appears to be the main man once again. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said thatSterling is now refreshed and ready to take on the mantle of leading Liverpool.
“Obviously we were disappointed to be 1-0 down going into the break.But the lads stuck in there really well and played some great football at times.
We kept the ball really well and exploited the space. We could have gone on and won the game.But it’s not the worst result – we’ll go into next week’s game fully focused, knowing we can win there. Hopefully we’ll play our best and try to get the result. We have to play our normal game,” said Sterling.