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Liverpool's Jordan Rossiter hails dream debut

Teenager Jordan Rossiter admitted scoring on his Liverpool debut at Anfield was a "dream come true" as the Reds edged a Capital One Cup victory over Middlesbrough following a remarkable 14-13 penalty-shoot-out win.

At 17 years old, Rossiter marked his first appearance by scoring from outside the area, pouncing on a loose ball following a collision between Boro goalkeeper Jamal Blackman and defender Kenneth Omeruo after just 10 minutes to put the Premier League side ahead in the clash that was tied at 2-2 after extra-time.

Just after the hour mark Boro top-scorer Grant Leadbitter delivered a brilliant free-kick into the six-yard box and Adam Reach headed the ball into the back of the net to equalise.

Blackman did well to keep out Mario Balotelli's effort after 109 minutes before extra-time substitute Suso collected the rebound and slotted it home.

Kolo Toure conceded a penalty three minutes into time added on by bringing down Patrick Bamford and the substitute picked himself to convert and force a shootout.

It lasted 30 kicks before Albert Adomah's miss handed the hosts victory.

Rossiter told Sky Sports 1: "To be honest with you I couldn't have dreamed of that, scoring the first 20 minutes of the game in my first start here really was a dream come true."

"I found out (he would be starting) yesterday in training, I was a bit shocked but I just couldn't wait to get out there. I can't remember what I did (to celebrate), but I just went mad with it.

"I'm still young , I'm just looking to build on that performance and hopefully I'll get more chances in the future."

Liverpool goalkeeper Mignolet, who slotted home his side's 11th penalty, was delighted they had made it through.

"We've done a few penalty shoot-outs in pre-season and I think the lads practised their penalties very well," he said.

"You always want to progress in the cup and we've done it today, that's the main thing, we're in the next round. We can look forward to a competition where we want to do well.

"Obviously we wanted to finish it earlier, but if you're in that situation with a team that fought till the end, that was really hard, but we're through to the next round."

Liverpool 2-2 Middlesbrough: Liverpool win 14-13 in epic penalty shoot-out 

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