Jamie Carragher did not try to sugar-coat Liverpool's draw in Bulgaria, but suggested there were some reasons to be positive.
The Reds conceded a late equaliser to draw 2-2 with Razgrad Ludogorets, yet their fate is in their own hands, needing a win at Anfield against Basel to qualify.
Champions League winning defender Carragher suggested that Raheem Sterling was the individual standout:
Disappointed with the late equaliser but a step forward tonight after Sunday. Great night to look forward to at Anfield against Basle.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) November 26, 2014
Basel. It's been a long night! Sterling looking like himself biggest plus point & scoring from a counter attack & pressing early.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) November 26, 2014
Sterling had no goals and only one assist in eight games for club and country coming into the match, and while he is still waiting to add to his tally of three strikes this season, he registered another assist - his first ever in the Champions League.
|Match||Assist||Key Passes||Passing Accuracy||Dribbles||Mins Played|
|Raheem Sterling||Ludogorets vs Liverpool||1||1||81%||6||82|
|Raheem Sterling||Real vs Liverpool||0||0||60%||1||21|
|Raheem Sterling||Liverpool vs Real||0||2||88%||4||90|
|Raheem Sterling||Basel vs Liverpool||0||0||78%||3||90|
|Raheem Sterling||Liverpool vs Ludogorets||0||0||84%||4||90|
The match was one only two Champions League games where Sterling has even created a chance, being surprisingly quiet so far in Europe's elite competition.
The other standout was the fact he made more dribbles against the Bulgarians with six than in any other game in Europe this season so far, a sign of his returning confidence perhaps.
Last night's performance will give him confidence, and perhaps indicate to him he has a real opportunity to kick on now, and help Liverpool make the knockout rounds and begin feeling like they really belong in the competition.