Following Liverpool’s 3-1 League Cup quarterfinal win at Bournemouth, Coach Brendan Rodgers defended two-goal hero Raheem Sterling, saying that recent criticism leveled at the England international is misplaced. With both Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli missing due to injury, Sterling, 20, played a central striking role against the Cherries.
"The kid, for some reason, seems to be getting a lot of stick off a lot of people for something," Rodgers said. "He is not an out-and-out striker, but his speed in front of the back four and behind them causes problems. He can get it, turn and go at defenders. He was outstanding. In that role, you think of Alexis Sanchez when he plays for Arsenal."
Meanwhile, separate reports claim that Sterling has turned down an offer to extend his contract at Anfield. The youngster in recent weeks has been linked with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Liverpool will next face Premier League leader Chelsea in the League Cup semifinal in January, with the winner facing either Sheffield United or Tottenham in the final at Wembley in March.