Raheem Sterling of Liverpool celebrates scoring against Bournemouth during their English League Cup quarter-final soccer match at Goldsands Stadium in Bournemouth, southwest England, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Winning
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Raheem Sterling eased the pressure on under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool swept into the League Cup semifinals with a 3-1 win over Championship leaders Bournemouth Wednesday.A dismal 3-0 defeat at arch-rivals Manchester United Sunday prompted Rodgers to admit Liverpool's squad lacked the unity that almost carried them to the English title last season.In the circumstances, an embarrassing defeat to second tier Bournemouth would have been a major blow to the beleaguered Rodgers' hopes of holding on to his job, however, he was able to leave Dean Court with his head held high as Sterling double sandwiched a Lazar Markovic strike in a one-sided quarterfinal.England forward Sterling opened the scoring with a glancing header from close range after Jordan Henderson nodded Markovic's cross back across goal in the 20th minute.With the Reds cutting through the Bournemouth defense at will, Rodgers was on his feet again seven minutes later to salute Liverpool's second goal.
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