Photo: This is how far Liverpool have sunk under Rodgers

Anfield Night

Delirious celebrations at beating a League Two side on penalties is not a good look for Liverpool.

Liverpool are no strangers to winning penalty shootouts - with a couple of famous instances over the past decade.

Nobody will ever forget their 2005 Champions League triumph, while their FA Cup win in 2006 was one of the best cup finals in recent memory.

Both games were decided on spot kicks, just like last night's game with Carlisle.

The difference - there was no trophy on offer last night, just the reward of being saved from humiliation.

Liverpool were only able to manage a draw at home against the mid-table League Two side, and won only on penalties.

Goalkeeper Adam Bogdan may well have felt justified in celebrating being the hero on his debut, but Alberto Moreno looked as though he was celebrating a trophy win, not just progression to the next round.

The image shows how low Liverpool's fortunes have sunk in recent months, to be so excited about narrow success in a game in which they should have wiped the floor with the opposition.

Southampton showed last night that it can be done. They demolished MK Dons 6-0 in a professional manner, and took it all in their stride.

Liverpool needed the same, yet managed to make a meal of a match which should have been straightforward.

Manager Brendan Rodgers should have expected better, and needs to ask himself questions why his side still are not clicking, and whether his system is the problem, rather than the players.

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