Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was delighted with his side’s performance in their 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday, sending them into the semi-final against Chelsea, Mirror reports.
Rodgers has been under a considerable amount of pressure in regards to the Reds’ poor form, but after the victory is looking forward to ending the Blues’ pursuit of a possible Quadruple.
“Our main objective was to get through tonight and, whoever we drew in the semi-finals, it was always going to be a difficult game.
“It’s over two legs and we will relish the opportunity. But I thought it was a brilliant performance here – we controlled the game, we kept pressing and we created many chances.”
“I can certainly see signs that we are getting back to where we were. There is a long way to go but this was a tough game, coming to a side top of the Championship.
“They are going well and for us to come and dominate like we did and score the goals that we did was very pleasing.”
Raheem Sterling was the star man in Liverpool’s win over Bournemouth, bagging a brace with his first goal brilliantly executed after 52 passes.
“We work very hard on our passing and movement,” Rodgers added. “It has taken us a long time to find our rhythm this season, but what has never stopped is the players’ work-rate.
“It doesn’t matter to me whether our first goal came from one pass or 52 – the game required us to show patience, character and quality, and our first goal was a wonderful example of all three.
“The kid, for some reason, seems to be getting a lot of stick off a lot of people for something. His contract situation is absolutely nothing to do with him and his representatives are working with the club.
“He is, as you can see, happy and enjoying his football. At Old Trafford he was unfortunate not to score and in that role he plays you think of Alexis Sanchez when he plays for Arsenal.
“He is not an out-and-out striker but his speed in front of the back four and behind them causes problems and you’ve seen that with him here, he can get it, turn and go at defenders. He has been like that all season and been a real catalyst for us.”