LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 20, 2015: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the first goal against Chelsea during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Team looked class tonight”: Liverpool fans and players react to Chelsea draw

Liverpool drew 1-1 with Chelsea in their League Cup semi-final first-leg clash on Tuesday night, and we round-up the reaction from fans, players and journalists.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 20, 2015: Referee Martin Atkinson awards Chelsea a penalty during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg match against Liverpool at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds may not have picked up a victory against Jose Mourinho’s side at Anfield, but this was undeniably their finest performance of the season.

The intensity, quality and pace had echoes of last season’s brilliance, and there was not a single Liverpool player who didn’t impress greatly.

Lucas Leiva was phenomenal in the middle of the park, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling were electrifying at times and Lazar Markovic continued his excellent run of form at wing-back. The defence also did themselves proud on the whole.

Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty was Chelsea‘s only effort on target throughout the game, while the terrific Thibaut Courtois was tested time and time again by well-hit Liverpool strikes.

Sterling’s superb individual effort gives Liverpool genuine hope of still qualifying for the final, despite the fact Mourinho’s men are the clear favourites to progress still.

Here is how the Liverpool fans and media reacted to an entertaining game on Merseyside.

“theres always tommorrow” in the forums:

First game this year that has had me on the edge of my seat. I said before the match that Sterling would be out-muscled…how wrong I was. The lad had a great game. No one played badly and so many should be candidates for Man of the Match. Could be the turning point of the season….confidence is everything.

“fivetimesredmen” in the forums:

Outstanding performance from the Red Men against an excellent Chelsea team – dont want to see any negatives in here tonight because that deserves nothing but praise. You can see this team progressing again as a group which was a worry early in the season cos we weren’t. Coutinho was MOTM for me.

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