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Liverpool 1-1 Carlisle (3-2 pens): Reds scrape through to Capital One Cup fourth round

Published 23/09/2015

Liverpool's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (3rd R) decides the penalties order after the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015.
Liverpool's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (3rd R) decides the penalties order after the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers during the Capital One Cup, third round match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Liverpool's Dejan Lovren (left) and Carlisle United's Alex McQueen battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup, third round match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Carlisle United's English goalkeeper Mark Gillespie (L) claims the ball during the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015. The game finished 1-1, with extra time being played. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (2nd L) speaks to his players before extra-time is played during the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015. The game finished 1-1, extra-time is being played. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Carlisle United's English midfielder Luke Joyce (L) vies with Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho during the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015. The game finished 1-1. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers gestures during the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Keith Curle the manager of Carlisle United talks with his players before extra time is played in the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield on September 23, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Brendan Rodgers the manager of Liverpool looks on during the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield on September 23, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Derek Asamoah of Carlisle United celebrates after scoring his goal during the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield on September 23, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Derek Asamoah of Carlisle United celebrates with Bastien Hery after scoring his goal during the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield on September 23, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English striker Danny Ings (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Danny Ings celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with teammates during the Capital One Cup, third round match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Carlisle's Alex McQueen and Liverpool's Dejan Lovren (right) battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup, third round match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan during the Capital One Cup, third round match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Brendan Rodgers the manager of Liverpool looks on during the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield on September 23, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers acknowledges the fans during the Capital One Cup, third round match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Carlisle United's Irish midfielder Gary Dicker vies with Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can (L) during the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge poses for a photograph with fans ahead of the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits his side need to rebuild their confidence after more problems at Anfield. Photo: PA Wire

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' torturous season continued as they scraped through a Capital One Cup tie on penalties against League Two Carlisle.

After Danny Ings' second goal in as many games for the Reds was cancelled out by Derek Asamoah in the first half to see the scores level at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the match eventually went to spot-kicks where debutant Adam Bogdan was their saviour with three saves.

But the cheer around Anfield as the Hungarian goalkeeper denied Bastien Hery was more relief than anything else.

Liverpool: Bogdan, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Clyne, Milner, Allen, Moreno, Firmino, Ings, Lallana. Subs: Coutinho, Gomez, Origi, Brannagan, Ibe, Rossiter, Fulton.

Carlisle: Gillespie, Miller, Raynes, Grainger, McQueen, Dicker, Joyce, Kennedy, Sweeney, Hery, Asamoah. Subs: Atkinson, Hanford, Ibehre, Gilliead, Balanta, Archibald-Henville, Gillesphey.

Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire)

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Liverpool have vehemently dismissed claims they have approached Carlo Ancelotti about the possibility of succeeding manager Brendan Rodgers.

A report claimed the veteran Italian, a Champions League winner with AC Milan and Real Madrid, had been sounded out by owners Fenway Sports Group about taking over at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers during the Capital One Cup, third round match at Anfield, Liverpool
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers during the Capital One Cup, third round match at Anfield, Liverpool

However, that was immediately rubbished by the club with sources suggesting such a move would be completely out of character with the way the Americans have run things to date.

Rodgers survived a robust end of season review after a dismal finale to a campaign which reached its nadir with the 6-1 humbling at Stoke on the final day.

Having retained the backing of FSG - despite losing his assistant manager and close friend Colin Pascoe and coach Mike Marsh in an enforced backroom shake-up - he was then given the best part of £80million to spend on new signings, splashing £32.5million on his primary target Christian Benteke and a potential £29million on Roberto Firmino.

Neither have found their feet so far and Rodgers is still searching for his best XI and formation having switched from 4-3-3 to 3-4-1-2 in Sunday's home draw with Norwich.

But despite a stuttering start to this season - they have not won in five matches - leaving them 13th in the Premier League but only four points off fourth place, which remains the minimum target for Rodgers.

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