Simon Mignolet practiced taking a penalty, says Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Simon Mignolet had prepared to take a penalty in Liverpool training before their match against Middlesbrough.

Brendan Rodgers clearly had prepared for the worst case scenario when Liverpool took on Middlesbrough in the League Cup last night.

The Reds may have gone into the game as heavy favourites, but Rodgers was taking nothing for granted and he revealed to the BBC's Conor McNamara that Simon Mignolet had prepared to take a penalty during training ahead of the match. 

It turned out to be useful practice, as Liverpool came through in one of the most dramatic penalty shoot-outs in English footballing history.

Mignolet scored his penalty during the clash and the ultimate outcome of the game was not decided until the 30th spot-kick, which 'Boro's Albert Adomah missed. 

It was a thrilling end to an encounter which has threatened to go drastically wrong for the Reds. 

Rodgers' side may have taken the lead twice, but they let it slip and if they had been knocked out at such an early stage in the competition further alarm bells would have been raised after what has been a poor start. 

Liverpool have already lost three of their first five Premier League matches and there are serious worries that they will struggle to repeat their top four finish again this time around.

Although the League Cup is not particularly high on Rodgers' side's list of priorities this season, an early exit would have been another blow that Liverpool can ill-afford and they will have been relieved to progress.

It seems that their advancement in the competition owes much for the Northern Irish boss's foresight, too. 

Many managers would have not even considered the rare prospect of having to see their goalkeeper take a penalty, but Rodgers' preparations were thorough and he will be very glad to have made such plans, given the way the fixture panned out.

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