Adam Bogdan saved Liverpool’s blushes as they beat Carlisle on penalties in the League Cup third round clash at Anfield.
The Reds had 47 shots on goal but scored just once as the match progressed through extra time. Under-pressure manager Brendan Rodgers, heavily tipped for the sack in recent days, narrowly avoided watching one of the worst defeats of his career as both sides missed twice in the first four penalties – though not Emre Can, who scored with a nerveless Panenka effort that almost went over the bar.
Liverpool’s goalscorer Danny Ings then scored his side’s fifth penalty, and when Bogdan dived the right way once more to meet Bastien Hery’s spot kick, the Reds earned a spot in the fourth round. Once again they will play at Anfield, this time against Bournemouth during the week beginning October 26th. On this evidence, however, Liverpool may well host the Cherries with a new manager at the helm.