Friday 13 December 2019

Rodgers insists epic shootout win will boost Reds for derby

Jordan Rossiter celebrates with his Liverpool teammates after scoring the opening goal in the Capital One Cup clash against Middlesbrough at Anfield. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Jordan Rossiter celebrates with his Liverpool teammates after scoring the opening goal in the Capital One Cup clash against Middlesbrough at Anfield. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Jamie Holland

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes last night's dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Middlesbrough can provide his team with a much-needed confidence boost ahead of Saturday's derby clash with Everton.

On a night when the blue half of Merseyside were crushed 3-0 by Swansea, Anfield endured an agonising wait for victory as 30 penalties were taken in a shoot-out at the Kop end before Albert Adomah finally blazed wide to give Liverpool a remarkable 14-13 victory following a 2-2 draw after extra-time.

"It was very important to get a result and the players are very happy in the changing-room," said a visibly relieved Rodgers. "We're in the hat for the next round and that's all we want. This won't affect us for the derby with Everton at the weekend.

"Last year we played Notts County after extra-time in the League Cup and then beat Manchester United the next weekend so it definitely won't have any effect on us. That's a big game, now we need to get our league season up and running. That adrenalin of winning the game will help the players recover for the weekend derby against Everton."

Both keepers found the net while, for Liverpool, Mario Balotelli, Lucas, Adam Lallana and Suso each scored twice.

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