Adam Bogdan was the penalty shootout hero on his full Liverpool debut as he saved three spot-kicks to see the Reds past Carlisle United and into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.
Extra time had failed to separate the teams, which netted their goals in the first half through Danny Ings and Derek Asamoah, respectively, leaving their cup fates in the hands of the lottery of penalties.
And it was Bogdan who proved the hosts’ savior as he marked his competitive bow by stopping efforts from Danny Grainger, Luke Joyce and Bastien Hery to secure a 3-2 shootout success for the home side.
The Reds now will face Bournemouth in the next round after being paired with Eddie Howe’s side during a thrilling conclusion to matters at Anfield on Wednesday night.
After notching his first competitive goal for the club in the weekend draw with Norwich City, Ings was included in Brendan Rodgers’ team from the off for the first cup tie of the new season.
Martin Skrtel, meanwhile, clocked up his 300th appearance for the Reds as part of the starting XI, while Joe Allen returned from injury to take his place in midfield.
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