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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

Published 24/09/2015

In the wars: Brendan Rodgers suffers on the touchline as Liverpool struggle through last
night’s Capital One Cup tie against Carlisle
In the wars: Brendan Rodgers suffers on the touchline as Liverpool struggle through last night’s Capital One Cup tie against Carlisle

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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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

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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