Raheem Sterling is willing to let other talk up his most famous goal.
Sterling scored a superb solo goal Tuesday in the second half of Liverpool’s draw with Chelsea in the first leg of the Capital One Cup (Football League Cup) semifinal. When discussing the goal with reporters after the game, Sterling downplayed his epic sprint and highlighted the fact that he didn’t strike the ball cleanly.
“Jordan (Henderson) passed me the ball, I got to the edge of the box and thought I would shoot,” Sterling said, according to LiverpoolFC.com. “It scuffed into the back of the net so it was a lucky finish, but it was good to get on the scoresheet and help the team get the draw in the end.
Sterling’s strike electrified the crowd and highlighted a fantastic individual performance. Some call the goal the best of Sterling’s professional career, but the Liverpool forward instead focused on his team’s display, which was its finest in 2014-15.
“There are quite a few young lads in the group,” Sterling said. “I thought everyone stepped up to the plate and played some good football at times, really comfortable on the ball. We didn’t show the senior players in the Chelsea team too much respect and that’s great to see. Hopefully we can carry that on into the next game.”
Sterling confirmed himself as one of English soccer’s top players Tuesday, and his goal reminds us that the best often make their own luck.
Thumbnail photo via LiverpoolFC.com