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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers still on the spot at Anfield

Shootout win over minnows Carlisle won't relieve the pressure on Rodgers

By Jim Gracey

On the day Liverpool were forced to deny an approach to former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, the last thing under-pressure Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers needed was to be taken to a nervous penalty shootout win by lowly Carlisle in the Capital One League Cup.

Carnlough man Rodgers' tenuous grip on his job was in no way strengthened by a hollow victory over the League Two battlers who held the Premership side to 1-1 after extra time and only succumbed 3-2 on penalties.

Lowly Carlisle arrived at Anfield having conceded more goals this season than any other team in English football yet Liverpool's multi-million pound side could not dispatch them in 120 minutes.

Dejan Lovren's departure on a stretcher with his right leg in a splint added to Liverpool's woes as they finished the game with 10 men having used all their substitutes.

Second choice Reds keeper Adam Bogdan was their debut hero, saving three times as penalties ended the agony with Milner, Emre Can and Danny Ings all scoring against the two Carlisle successes from Gary Dicker and Alex McQueen - but victory posed more questions than answers and there is more scrutiny to come for Rodgers from club owners and fans alike.

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Angry fans have been bombarding owner John W Henry with tweets calls for the Co Antrim man to go.

With a reported £7million contract, Rodgers is hardly likely to walk away.

Yesterday the club was forced to deny it had approached the former Real Madrid boss Ancelotti and on Thursday reports emerged that fans' favourite for the post, Jurgen klopp has said he would be interested in the job and would cut short his planned year-long break from the game if Liverpool came calling.

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