The Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has made it clear that Liverpool’s stressful 14-13 penalty shootout triumph over Middlesbrough won’t affect their preparations for the Merseyside derby on Saturday.
liverpool were forced to the extreme before securing a win against the Championship side in the Capital One Cup at Anfield, making it into the fourth round after Albert Adomah missed his penalty.
Jordan Rossiter scored on his Liverpool debut just 10 minutes into the game but Middlesbrough Adam Reach levelled with 28 minutes to go, resulting in extra-time at Merseyside.
It looked like Suso had sent Liverpool into the fourth round before a last-minute penalty kick from Patrick Bamford sealed a thrilling penalty shootout, which Liverpool eventually won.
“There was great quality on the penalties. Both teams showed great composure. We’re pleased to go through after giving away poor goals – lately we've been making too many mistakes,” The Reds boss said to BBC Sport.
“I can’t fault the character of the players. Congratulations to Middlesbrough, they were excellent. I can see why they are near the top of the Championship. Jordan Rossiter was excellent – he showed great composure for the goal. The finish wasn't easy – he showed great technique.”
Brendan Rodgers refused to be persuaded that his side will not be fully re-energised to get their season back in action at Everton on Saturday.
“This won’t affect us for the derby with Everton at the weekend. That’s a big game for us, we need to get our league season up and running,” Rodgers added.