Gallery: The best images from Liverpool's struggles against Carlisle United

It was a long night as the Reds toiled against League Two Carlisle in the League Cup, but ultimately the home side progressed on penalties at Anfield.

When it comes to remembering nights under the lights at Anfield, this one will not be up there with the most iconic - and that's probably the understatement of the century. 

Liverpool needed a win on Wednesday night, ideally in normal time, but they were embarrassed be League Two Carlisle United - who took them to extra time and penalties as the Reds struggled to break them down after Derek Asamoah cancelled out Danny Ings' opener. 

The Reds had 47 shots on goal in total and it was a bad night on the injury front as Roberto Firmino was withdrawn shortly before half time after falling awkwardly on his back, while Dejan Lovren was stretchered off towards the end of extra time with an ankle problem.

Debutant Adam Bogdan ultimately ended up being the hero by saving three penalties to book a fourth round tie with Bournemouth at Anfield, and spared the blushes of the side a little - as even the introduction of Philippe Coutinho couldn't get Liverpool through in normal time, and he didn't take the best penalty either.

Here are images of some of the key moments on a long night at Anfield: 

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