Raheem Sterling has backed Liverpool to go to Stamford Bridge and win next week to earn themselves a place in the final of the Capital One Cup, after a pulsating first leg at Anfield.
The 20-year-old was the hero of the first leg, pulling the Reds level with a superb solo goal in front of the Kop.
But Liverpool can feel hard done by not to have picked up a victory, with the Reds managing 20 attempts to Chelsea’s two – of which one was their goal from the penalty spot.
However, Sterling believes Liverpool’s dominant display is proof they can travel to west London next week and get a result.
“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,” said Sterling.
“We have to play our normal game, try to keep the ball, be patient and don’t try to rush things. We know we’ll get chances there.
“We just need to play our normal game and everything else will follow.
“Obviously we were disappointed to be 1-0 down going into the break,” added Sterling.
“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.”
Sterling also modestly described his seventh goal of the season as a ‘lucky finish,’ in what was his first game at Anfield following his mid-season break to Jamaica.
“Jordan [Henderson] passed me the ball, I got to the edge of the box and thought I would shoot.
“It scuffed into the back of the net so it was a lucky finish, but it was good to get on the scoresheet and help the team get the draw in the end.
“The manager planned it [the mid-season break] from the beginning for me to get a little break, because I have played quite a lot of minutes,” he explained.
“I come back now fully focused and ready to go again. Hopefully I can help the team as much as possible, if it’s scoring or assisting or doing something to try to get the best result for the team.”