Liverpool midfielder couldn’t believe Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois’ save

Adam Lallana was left astounded by Thibaut Courtois' performance

Adam Lallana has admitted that he was left staggered by Thibaut Courtouis’s heroics after the Chelsea goalkeeper prevented Liverpool from taking a slender lead to Stamford Bridge next week.

The Belgium international made five saves to deny Philippe Courtinho, Steven Gerrard, Lallana and Raheem Sterling in the second half of the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final.

And Reds midfielder Lallana, who was a second-half substitute for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, was left astounded by Courtois’ world-class save to deny the former Saints man’s volley.

“I can’t believe the keeper saved it, I was halfway on my celebration,” Lallana told Liverpool’s website.

“It was a fantastic save and probably one of the reasons why he got man of the match. He is world class and Chelsea are a world class team.

“We come off the pitch disappointed but still in the game. We’ll go to Stamford Bridge and we’re fully confident we can go through to the final.”

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard edged the Blues ahead after Liverpool’s makeshift centre-half Emre Can brought down the Belgium international in the home side’s penalty area.

However, Liverpool managed to maintain their momentum after an exhilarating opening period, and Sterling scored a superb solo goal to level the tie ahead of the return leg.

Chelsea are top of the Premier League by five points, whilst Brendan Rodgers’s men remain in eighth place despite a eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

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