Liverpool morning news, Lovren to be assessed as Rodgers sees improvement

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday evening.

Liverpool are through to the semi-finals of the League Cup after overcoming Bournemouth 3-1 at Dean Court last night, making it a much-needed win for Brendan Rodgers' side. They will face Chelsea in the semi-finals in the New Year, with the first leg taking place at Anfield.

The win did come at a cost, however, with defender Dejan Lovren suffering a groin injury meaning he was replaced by Mamadou Sakho at half time, but two goals from Raheem Sterling, and Lazar Markovic's first goal for the club gave cause for optimism after a difficult run for the Reds.

Rodgers said after the game: "I think slowly we're getting there. I've said that my teams have shown here at Liverpool that as the season goes on they get better and better. There are a lot of players adapting.

"Tactically, the players were very good. They had to be patient. Bournemouth are a very good side. They are well drilled and well organised, closing the gaps."

The Liverpool boss also took time to defend Sterling after his brace, suggesting he has been getting some unwarranted criticism.

He added: “He’s a kid, that for some reason, has been getting a lot of stick.

“His contract situation is absolutely nothing to do with him. His representatives are the ones that are working with the club. As you can see he is happy and enjoying his football."

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