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Liverpool's Gary McAllister on Carlisle win: We've shown a bit of character

By Carl Markham

Published 24/09/2015

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.
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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
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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.
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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
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits his side need to rebuild their confidence after more problems at Anfield. Photo: PA Wire

Liverpool first-team coach Gary McAllister hopes the penalty shoot-out win over League Two Carlisle will be a turning point in a difficult start to the season.

Debutant goalkeeper Adam Bogdan was the hero with three saves in the shoot-out after Derek Asamoah had cancelled out Danny Ings' goal to earn the visitors a 1-1 draw in the Capital One Cup third-round tie at Anfield, with extra time unable to provide a winner.

Liverpool first-team coach Gary McAllister on Capital One Cup: There were big sighs of relief in the dressing room
Liverpool first-team coach Gary McAllister on Capital One Cup: There were big sighs of relief in the dressing room

The result or performance will have done little to ease the growing scrutiny on manager Brendan Rodgers - with the club earlier in the day having to deny reports which claimed they had approached Carlo Ancelotti - but McAllister believes there will be a positive effect from within.

"When it comes to a penalty shoot-out, there is that coming together of players in the middle of the pitch and we've stepped forward and got through," the Scot said after the Reds scraped through 3-2 on spot-kicks to book a fourth-round date at home to Bournemouth.

"We've shown that bit of character and we're delighted for Adam Bogdan, making the saves to get us through.

"Maybe this is one of those little things that can just pull us together as we look forward to the weekend."

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Asked how Rodgers was after the scrappy win, McAllister added: "Like everyone. We are delighted to be through to the next round.

"There were big sighs of relief in the dressing room. Of course, we would have liked to have won the game in 90 minutes.

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

"We started well, passed it well and losing Roberto Firmino (to a back injury in the first half) just set us back a touch. Again there were flashes, but we were not up to the speed we are looking at.

"The positives were we are through to the next round and we've had over 50 shots at goal.

"We've been asking the players to step forward and take more responsibility and we had that tonight - we just didn't worry the keeper enough.

"The players have to trust themselves and they kept trying - no-one shied away from it."

Carlisle manager Keith Curle was proud of his players.

"You are looking at a team which made a lot of friends tonight," he said.

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