Raheem Sterling produced a moment of brilliance to pull Liverpool level in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semifinal with Chelsea at Anfield. Picking up a forward pass from Jordan Henderson, Sterling turned and accelerated between both of Chelsea’s defensive midfielders -- Nemanja Matic and John Mikel Obi -- before finishing low into the corner on his left foot just as a defender looked like getting close to the lightning-quick England international.
The goal, Sterling’s seventh of the season, came in the 59th minute and cancelled out Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty, which came after a foul on the Belgian by Liverpool defender Emre Can. Liverpool, who lost the final of the League Cup to Chelsea a decade ago, found themselves underdogs going into the tie against the Premier League leaders after a poor start to the campaign.
But, despite going behind, Brendan Rodgers’s men put in an impressive performance to give themselves a chance of progressing when the second leg takes place at Stamford Bridge next week.