Liverpool media round-up, reaction to Chelsea draw, Sturridge fitness update

Anfield Night

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning.

The first leg of Liverpool's League Cup semi-final with Chelsea finished 1-1 at Anfield with Raheem Sterling's second half strike cancelling out Eden Hazard's early penalty.

Liverpool had the Lion's share of the play and were it not for a string of fine saves from Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea goal, they would be heading to Stamford Bridge next week with a lead. 

That didn't stop Rodgers praising his side for their performance at Anfield, telling reporters after the game: "It was a big performance from us. It is always difficult against Chelsea because they sit in a low block, the spaces are closed and, especially if you go behind, they know how to defend. They will be happier in terms of the scoreline but I am happy our performance levels are improving all of the time.

“I was confident we could win at Stamford Bridge and that has reinforced it even more. You see how good we were defensively, we were aggressive and compact and they have got top-class players."

Daniel Sturridge has been sidelined for much of the season having not played for the Reds since August following thigh and calf injuries, but Rodgers revealed the forward has kicked on with his rehabilitation, and suggested he could be available for the return leg at Stamford Bridge.

Rodgers is quoted by the Daily Mirror, saying: "Daniel has really kicked on in his rehab, done really well today, so we will see how he does between now and the second leg."

A lot of eyebrows were raised a couple of weeks ago when Rodgers decided to give Raheem Sterling a rest, but last night appeared vindicated because of his goal.

The Liverpool boss is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “I thought he was outstanding in his movement in behind, and also exploiting the space in front of the defence.

“His speed was frightening to get in, and then the finish off his left foot was excellent. It was a very good goal and he deserved it for his performance.”

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