Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling optimistic over Wembley chances

Raheem Sterling Liverpool v Chelsea Capital One Cup

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Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling believes that the Reds can still secure progression to the final of the Capital One Cup after picking up a draw in the first leg against Chelsea.

The two Premier League giants met on Tuesday night on Merseyside as Liverpool had to work hard to try and break down a very defensive set-up from Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea took the lead just before half-time at Anfield after Eden Hazard won and despatched a penalty, despite failing to have any other attempts at goal in the opening 45 minutes.

Liverpool, who are priced at 13.00 to win the Europa League, pressed even harder in the second period and finally their pressure told as Sterling was able to turn and skip past a couple of challenges before drilling past Thiabut Courtois.

The Reds could have come away with a lead to take back to Stamford Bridge as Steven Gerrard hit the post and Adam Lallana also had a good chance after coming off the bench.

Rodgers’ men will travel to west London next week and Sterling believes they have what it takes to do another job on the Premier League leaders.

Sterling said: “Obviously we were disappointed to be 1-0 down going into the break.

“But the lads stuck in there really well and played some great football at times. We kept the ball really well and exploited the space. We could have gone on and won the game.

“But it’s not the worst result – we’ll go into next week’s game fully focused, knowing we can win there. Hopefully we’ll play our best and try to get the result.”

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