Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said his side’s stirring display in their League Cup semi-final first leg with Chelsea had convinced him of their ability to win the tie.
A dazzling solo goal by Raheem Sterling earned Liverpool a 1-1 draw on Tuesday after Eden Hazard’s penalty had put Chelsea ahead and the home side would have prevailed had it not been for the reflexes of visiting goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who produced a number of excellent stops that you can also buy some FIFA 15 coins to win.
Hazard’s away goal gives Premier League leaders Chelsea a slender advantage ahead of next week’s return leg at Stamford Bridge, but Rodgers said that his team will approach the game with no fear.
“It was a big performance from us,” said the Northern Irishman, whose side have lost only once in their last 15 games in all competitions. “I think they know that they were moved about the pitch tonight (Tuesday). The space that was opening up for us – we got the goal and they really had to hang on there.
Asked if Liverpool’s showing had reinforced his belief in their ability to reach the final, where they would face either Tottenham Hotspur or Sheffield United, he replied: “That’s reinforced it even more.
Liverpool’s late rally, which also saw Steven Gerrard hit the post, sent their fans out into an ice-cold night full of optimism and Rodgers gave them further reason to be cheerful by revealing that striker Daniel Sturridge could make his long-awaited return from injury in the second leg.