Brendan Rodgers avoided the press after Liverpool beat Carlisle on penalties in the Capital One Cup, with replacement Gary McAllister hailing the Reds’ “character”.
Liverpool needed a penalty shoot-out to overcome League Two Carlisle in the Capital One Cup third round after Derek Asamoah cancelled out Danny Ings’ first-half opener.
The Reds were booed numerous times at Anfield as they rained in 47 shots against the Cumbrians, with only 16 on target.
Keeper Adam Bogdan was the ‘hero’ on Wednesday night, saving three penalties as James Milner, Emre Can and Danny Ings booked a fourth-round tie with Bournemouth.
With pressure increasing on Rodgers – ‘death by football’, anyone? – and the club forced to rubbish reports of having approached Carlo Ancelotti, the Northern Irishman sent assistant manager Gary McAllister in to face the baying press.
“Like everybody, we’re delighted to be through to the next round,” he said.
“It’s a good night in the fact we are through to the next round. We want to perform better. It will get better. We are working away hard at it in training and we will persevere.
“We’ve shown a bit of character,”
Rodgers McAllister added. “Delighted for Adam Bogdan to make the saves to get us through. Maybe this is just one of these things which can pull us together as we look forward to the weekend.”
Liverpool’s bad night was compounded – or improved for some – after injuries to Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren, and McAllister had mixed news on the pair.
“Dejan landed awkwardly,” said McAllister. “It didn’t look too good as he was stretchered off, but fingers crossed I don’t think it’s as bad as it looked.
“Like Dejan, Roberto landed badly. It was just a ball he went up for, Landed on the base of his spine. He seemed fine.”