Liverpool go into the second leg of the League Cup semi-final with hope, as they drew 1-1 with Chelsea.
Much like in their 2-1 defeat to the Blues in November, Brendan Rodgers' side started brightly and put plenty of pressure on John Terry and co.
However, that pressing caught up to the Reds as their back-four was left exposed and Emre Can brought down Edin Hazard in the box and the Belgian converted his penalty in the 18th minute to give his side the lead.
The goal did not dishearten Liverpool, who continued their surge on Thibaut Courtois' goal, however it took until the 59th minute to equalise, as Raheem Sterling burst through Chelsea's back-four and slotted his left-footed effort past the former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper.
The Merseyside outfit now go into next's game at Stamford Bridge with plenty to play for as Rodgers looks to capture his first piece of silverware at Anfield.
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Simon Mignolet 6
Nobody thought they would be saying that the Belgian would be having a quiet afternoon, however that was the case. He had just one shot on target at him all night, which was Hazard's penalty and saw one more effort miss the goal. Off his line better than in the past.
Emre Can 7
A silly mistake that led to the Chelsea penalty, but he was left exposed. After the incident, the German looked to redeem himself but getting forward and looking to make things happen for his side. Rarely was beaten when defending.
Martin Skrtel 8
A complete performance from the Slovakian. He looked confident when Chelsea thrust their attack his way, making a large number of challenges and clearances. Got involved in a battle with Diego Costa and it was the Reds' defender who came out on top by a country mile.
Mamadou Sakho 7
Looked confident in all aspects, whether it was defending or with the ball at his feet. Bullied Oscar off the ball throughout the game and was the winner in physical battles with Branislav Ivanovic.
Lazar Markovic 7
Pressured by Hazard in the first-period and couldn't get forward as much as he'd have liked. Improved after the break and really began tested Filipe Luis
A wonderful performance from Lucas, who has become an invaluable member of the Liverpool team. Gave Cesc Fabregas zero chance of playing by keeping the pressure on the Spaniard and cutting off Chelsea's attack route and rarely gave the ball away.
Jordan Henderson 7
Played a little deeper than usual, but he adapted to the role with ease. Energy forced mistakes from the Chelsea midfield three and won the ball back a countless number of times.
Alberto Moreno 7
Bundles of energy on the left-wing and constantly looked to use his pace to cause problems for Ivanovic. Performed defensively and did well to hold up a Chelsea attack when left alone at the back before other troops arrived.
Steven Gerrard 7.5
A performance fuelled by passion and the desire to end his career at Anfield with a trophy. Distributed the ball with venom, looking to expose gaps in Mourinho's back line. Tested Courtois with an effort that was tipped over the bar and then struck the post. Replaced on 70 minutes to keep him fresh for the return leg.
Philippe Coutinho 8
The brains behind Liverpool attacks, always making himself available. Drifted past pursuing defenders with ease and played several key passes that created chances for his side.
Raheem Sterling 7.5
His mid-season break seems to have done the trick. Looked fresh and sharper, despite Terry and Gary Cahill taking a close watch on the 20-year-old. Took his goal superbly, using his pace to leave the Blues' defence helpless and the finish on his wrong foot was top class.
Adam Lallana 7
Looked sharp on his return from injury, slotting well into Gerrard's previous role. Almost grabbed a winner for the Reds, when his effort was superbly stopped by Courtois.
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