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Liverpool's shaky start to the season continued on Tuesday night, as they needed penalties to get past Championship side Middlesbrough at Anfield in the Capital One Cup. The game finished 2-2 after extra time, and the penalty shootout needed 30 attempts before Albert Adomah's miss handed Liverpool a 14-13 win, and playmaker Suso said he's never seen a shootout like it.
"When we were watching and taking the penalties, everyone was saying: 'When is someone going to miss?', said the Spaniard. "I have never seen so many penalties in my life. We took them really well, and Simon [Mignolet] was good as well. It's not that easy when you put the ball on the grass and see the crowd behind.
"Obviously they are supporting you because we are at home, but I was really nervous. It was the first time I have taken a penalty in a situation like that. I knew where I was going to put the penalty and if the goalkeeper saved it, then it's unlucky," Suso added.
Suso's compatriot Luis Alberto is currently away from Anfield, spending the season on loan at La Liga side Malaga. The 21-year-old made just 12 appearances for the Reds last season after arriving from Sevilla, and says he may not return to Merseyside after his loan deal ends.
"I am here [at Malaga] to give it my all because I don’t know what the future holds for me, or if I’ll stay beyond this season,” he said. "I was really looking forward to getting my first goal – it always acts as a nice platform for you to build upon, especially when you come to a new club. It gives me peace of mind to get up and running, I’m enjoying my football at the moment."
Another Spaniard could be set to return to La Liga as left back Jose Enrique is reportedly for sale in January, with Villarreal hoping to bring him back to the club, according to AS. The 28-year-old made 23 appearances for Villarreal before signing for Newcastle, and with manager Marcelino looking for a left back, a return to El Madrigal could be on the cards with Alberto Moreno now the first choice left back at Anfield.
In other news, Liverpool are reportedly facing investigation from UEFA over an alleged breach of Financial Fair Play regulations. Inter Milan, Monaco and Roma are also set to be under investigation, with an announcement allegedly scheduled for tomorrow.