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Sterling to the rescue for the Reds

Raheem Sterling's flash of brilliance earned Liverpool a deserved 1-1 draw in the opening leg of the League Cup semi-final meeting with Chelsea at Anfield last night.

Eden Hazard's 18th-minute penalty for the visitors was cancelled out by the England international on the hour with a superb run and finish.

The Reds restricted Chelsea, lining up with the Premier League's leading scorer Diego Costa, to just one shot on target all game.

The flipside was that Liverpool created 19 chances, six on target, but could still only come away with a draw.

"I'm delighed at the performance, disappointed with the result." said 'Pool manager Brendan Rodgers after the game.

"Some of our play was very impressive. It was a wonderful performance and I'm looking forward to the second leg."

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was less enthusiastic.

"It's a draw. I am not sad as a defeat, not as happy as a victory. My emotion is in the middle. I'm not saying we are favourites now.

"This semi-final was two legs and now it's only one match and that's at Stamford Bridge. We defended well and our goalkeeper was good."

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