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Three Liverpool players who proved a big point v Chelsea

Lucas Leiva

The Reds produced their best performance of the season against the Blues last night.

Steven Gerrard

The Liverpool skipper didn't quite manage to hit the back of the net against Chelsea - something he has only ever done once - but the 34-year-old came as close as anyone who didn't score last night, hitting the post with a left-footed second-half effort.

Crucially, Gerrard proved what most already knew but many doubted: that he can still cut it in a big game. And the Liverpool captain also looked to have put some of his Chelsea demons behind him. Should he feature in the second leg at Stamford Bridge, there could yet be more to come from the Reds legend.

Raheem Sterling

The 20-year-old's quality is doubted by very few, so he need not prove anything on that front. But what Sterling did show against Chelsea was a real striker's touch. In short, the Liverpool starlet proved he has what it takes to play up front against the best defenders.

For his goal, Sterling's touch, run and finish were all equally superb. Isn't it funny that Liverpool's three main strikers (excluding the as of yet unfit Daniel Sturridge) could all learn a lot from a youngster like Sterling?

Lucas Leiva

There has been plenty of talk about Lucas leaving Liverpool lately. Why?

Right now, nothing could be more outdated than suggestions the holding midfielder needs to leave Anfield. Yes, the Brazilian started the season very poorly - and his future with the Reds looked in doubt as a result.

But, since returning to Rodgers' side, Lucas has been one of Liverpool's best players. He provided real balance in the side against Chelsea and led from midfield when it came to pressing intensity and crunching tackles.

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