Liverpool star Adam Lallana hails 'world class' Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois

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The England international was denied by the returning keeper at Anfield with an exquisite save.

Liverpool and Chelsea played out an exciting draw last night in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final at Anfield. But one Liverpool player thought he had won his team the game with a late half-volley only to be denied by Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois.

The player in question was Adam Lallana. He struck a sweet strike goalwards which looked set to beat the Belgian stopper all ends up. But Courtois got his fingertips to the ball, and Lallana was disbelieving after the game. Speaking to Liverpool's official website he said:

"I can't believe the 'keeper saved it, I was halfway on my celebration.

"It was a fantastic save and probably one of the reasons why he got Man of the Match. He is world-class and Chelsea are a world-class team.

"We come off the pitch disappointed but still in the game. We'll go to Stamford Bridge and we're fully confident we can go through to the final."

For Courtois it was a needed performance. He broke his thumb in the 5-3 thrashing against Tottenham and since then Petr Cech has kept goal. The Czech international kept three clean sheets during his time between the sticks, so Courtois might have been worrying for his first-team place.

He was however excellent as a Liverpool side, who dominated large swathes of the action, could not find their way past him more than the one time Raheem Sterling slotted a cool left foot finish into the far corner.

He was sharp off his line, commanding in the air and with the added ability of shot-stopping for one so big, Courtois looks to have immediately reclaimed his number one spot from Cech.

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