Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes his side can reach the final of the Capital One Cup after an impressive performance against Chelsea in the semi final first leg.
Eden Hazard opened the scoring for Chelsea at Anfield from the penalty spot, before Raheem Sterling evened up proceedings in the second period with a fine individual goal.
The two sides meet again at Stamford Bridge next week to determine who will make it to Wembley, with the victor likely to be the favourites to lift the season's first piece of silverware.
“I felt the performance here was a good benchmark of how we are working right now,” Rodgers said.
“I thought we were outstanding. Our performance was at a really top level, and we definitely deserved to win.”
Rodgers lavished praise on Sterling saying: “I thought he was outstanding in his movement. He’s got great ability to run in behind defenders but also run at them.”
The Liverpool manager added: “His speed was frightening to get in and finish off on his left foot for the goal and he certainly deserved that for his performance.”
The tie showcased an improved performance from Liverpool after tepid displays earlier in the season. Recently Rodgers said that the side had “regained their identity,” and warned Jose Mourinho before the match that they would be facing a “different” Liverpool.
In no doubt that Liverpool can reach the Capital One cup final, Rodgers said: “You’d expect Chelsea to open up a little more in the second leg.
“That will help us because of the pace and invention we have in the team… this has reinforced my feeling that we can go to Stamford Bridge to give the performance to get the results we need."