Rodgers delivers latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Chelsea leg
Brendan Rodgers hints Daniel Sturridge could return for the second leg at Stamford Bridge
Brendan Rodgers has hinted that Daniel Sturridge could feature against Chelsea in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final next week.
The Reds striker missed Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Anfield on Tuesday night as he continues his rehabilitation from a thigh problem.
However, Liverpool manager Rodgers is optimistic that Sturridge could make his first Reds appearance at Stamford Bridge since a 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur in August.
We can now go into the second leg knowing that the movement and speed could cause them a problem
“He’s really kicked on in his rehab. He did very, very well today, so we’ll see how that looks between now and then,” Rodgers told his post-match media conference on Tuesday.
Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling scored a brilliant second-half strike to cancel out Eden Hazard’s 18th-minute penalty on Merseyside in the first leg of the last-four clash.
The Reds came close to nicking a 2-1 victory but Steven Gerrard was denied by the woodwork, whilst Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana were denied by Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
“It was a big performance from us. We’re starting to return to the level that we’ve been at,” Rodgers added.
“It’s always difficult against them; they sit in a low block, the spaces are closed, and especially if you go 1-0 behind. They are an outstanding team and they know how to defend well.
“They know that they were moved about the pitch tonight. The spaces were opening up for us, we got the goal and they really had to hang on. They’ll be happier in terms of the scoreline.
“But I’m obviously extremely happy with the way our performance level is improving all the time. We can now go into the second leg knowing that the movement and speed could cause them a problem.
Liverpool are winless in three trips to the Premier League leaders, losing 2-1 on their last trip to Stamford Bridge in December 2013.