LFC 0-0 Derby (3-2 pens): Kelleher the penalty hero once more

League Cup 4th Round
Wednesday 09 November 2022 - 8:00 pm
LFC Won - Won 3-2 on penalties
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60'↔️ Collins off, McGoldrick on
60'↔️ Osula off, Dobbin on
Clark off, Elliott on ↔️64'
Stewart off, Firmino on ↔️64'
Frauendorf off, Núñez on ↔️64'
Carvalho off, Doak on ↔️76'
89'↔️ Bird off, Knight on
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Caiomhin Kelleher became the greatest penalty shootout keeper in LFC history last night when he helped Liverpool advance to the fourth round of the League Cup.

In just his 18th LFC appearance, he took part in his 4th penalty shootout and made his 4th, 5th and 6th penalty shootout saves - again another LFC record.

The reds made 11 changes for this League Cup game at Anfield against a Derby side who are pushing for Premier League promotion.

Nat Phillips and captain Joe Gomez were joined by a first full start for Calvin Ramsay and Kostas Tsimikas.  Melkamu Frauendorf started up front alongside Layton Stewart and Fabio Carvalho.

Liverpool were bright throughout the game, winning the ball high up the field and showing a bit of energy that has been somewhat missing from the senior team at times this season.

But there was a lack of end quality, and Layton Stewart probably should have put the reds in the lead after a well worked 1-2 with Carvalho.

Kelleher, Ramsay, Phillips, Gomez, Tsimikas, Bajcetic, Clark, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carvalho, Frauendorf, Stewart

Subs: Adrián, Davies, Cain, Quansah, Chambers, Firmino, Elliott, Núñez, Doak

On the hour, Klopp sent on some additional firepower in the form of Nunez, Firmino and Elliott - and Elliott too had a glorious chance to win the game for the reds inside the 90 minutes.

Ben Doak, came on for his Liverpool debut too and looked lively.  He has been somewhat of a star in the youth setup after his arrival from Celtic.

But the final whistle went whilst it remained 0-0 and, as is the rule for these early stages, the game headed straight to penalties; at the Anfield Road end of the stadium.

Derby instantly scored, and Liverpool saw their penalty saved.  But Kelleher had three saves up his sleeve - each one getting better and better - and this even allowed Firmino the luxury of his penalty ballooning over the crossbar.

With the penalty score at 2-2 it was Harvey Elliott who could step up for the chance to fire in the winner.  He did and went over immediately to celebrate with Kelleher who had made it another memorable, and record-breaking, penalty shootout.

Liverpool advance into the next round of the League Cup which means the reds now do play before Christmas, with the games pencilled in for the midweek before the 25th December.

MOTM: Can it be anybody else? Kelleher.

Match Highlights: Liverpool 0-0 Derby (3-2 pens)

One comment on
LFC 0-0 Derby (3-2 pens): Kelleher the penalty hero once more

  1. Technically all the Liverpool penalties, and some of the Derby penalties should have been retaken given the goalkeepers committed offenses in accordance with the recent rule changes.
    The keeper must have at least 1 foot touching, in line with, or behind the line until the ball is kicked – the Derby keeper was in front of his line for all of them.
    The keeper much not touch the goalposts, crossbar or goal net, until the ball has been kicked – the Derby keeper was touching the net, and the Liverpool keeper touched the crossbar for several kicks.

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