Liverpool media round-up: Relief after Reds toil to progress against Carlisle

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

Liverpool breathed a huge sigh of relief, but didn't avoid embarrassment as they needed penalties to get past League Two Carlisle United in the third round of the League Cup at Anfield.

Danny Ings opened the scoring for the Reds with his second goal in two games, while Derek Asamoah replied before half time.

The Reds toiled for the remainder of the game and had 47 shots on goal before requiring penalties to set up a fourth round tie with Bournemouth - with the Reds also losing Roberto Firmino in the first half to a back injury and Dejan Lovren towards the end of extra time after he was stretchered off with an ankle problem.

First team-coach Gary McAllister told reporters after the match, as covered by the Liverpool website: "We’ve been asking the players to step forward and take a wee bit more responsibility, putting themselves forward to take on a shot, and we had that tonight.

"We just didn’t worry the ‘keeper enough. The players have got to trust themselves.

"The fact is they kept trying and no-one shied away from it."

He also offered an update on Liverpool's injured duo, and is quoted by the BBC as saying: "Like Dejan, he landed badly.

"It was just a ball he went up for and he's landed on the base of his spine, just on his lower back."

It was an eventful debut for Adam Bogdan, who perhaps expected a quieter bow than the one he had, as he saved three penalties in the shootout to ensure the Reds' progress into the next round.

He explained his heroics to the Liverpool website, saying: “There’s method in the madness.

“Sometimes you guess right, sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you don’t. I guessed the right way and got lucky with three shots. Thankfully we went through."

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