Sterling is Liverpool’s Sanchez, says Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has compared Raheem Sterling to Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez following the former’s two-goal display in the Carling Cup win over Bournemouth, ESPN has reported.

The Reds down the Championship leaders 3-1, with Lazar Markovic also on target, as Sterling claimed his first goals since he found the net in September’s 3-1 defeat against West Ham.

Speaking after the match Rodgers rejected the suggestion Sterling has been distracted by talks over his contract, which are understood to have dragged on, and said the 20-year-old’s new forward role has drawn similar performances to those of Chile international Sanchez, who moved to the Emirates Stadium from Barcelona over the summer.

“His contract situation is nothing to do with him. His representatives are the ones working with the club,” Rodgers said. “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,” the manager continued. “He has been like that all season and been a real catalyst for us.”

Liverpool will now play Premier League leaders Chelsea in the two-legged semi-final of the tournament, with the winners to play the winners of the meeting between Tottenham Hotspur and League One Sheffield United.

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