Liverpool booked their place in the last eight of the League Cup thanks to a penalty shootout win over Arsenal in a bonkers night under the Anfield lights.
It was an utterly batshit mental game on Merseyside, and in typical Carabao Cup fashion, both sides made a number of changes, though it was Liverpool who fielded the more unfamiliar names.
Liverpool were gifted the lead from regular defensive comedian Shkodran Mustafi, who turned the ball past his own keeper in the sixth minute, though Arsenal quickly turned things round courtesy of goals from South American pair Lucas Torreira and a brace from teenager Gabriel Martinelli to make the scores 3-1.
The Premier League leaders pulled one back from the spot two minutes before half time through the evergreen James Milner, though Ainsley Maitland-Niles restored the Gunners two-goal cushion nine minutes after the break.
However, a thunderous strike from Arsenal old-boy Alex Oxlade Chamberlain pulled one back for the hosts, before Divock Origi levelled the scores with the game’s eighth.
The goalscoring madness wasn’t finished there though, Joe Willock scoring a screamer of his own with 20 minutes still to play before Origi made it 5-5 in the 94th minute of the game to take the game straight to penalties.
There may have been 10 goals in the game, but it would eventually be a goalkeeper who would be the hero, Irish youngster Caoimhin Kelleher making the only save of the shootout, keeping out Dani Ceballos’ strike in front of the Kop, with local lad Curtis Jones scoring the decisive penalty.
Speaking after the goal-fest, Jurgen Klopp admitted his side weren’t at their best, but he really didn’t seem to give a toss.
“We made some mistakes, we played some average passes. We were too open at times. We can talk about tactics but who cares on a night like this? I hoped for the boys they would have a game to remember. What they did tonight, I lost it really,” Klopp said on Sky Sports.
“It’s like a dream to play for the first time at Anfield, but things might not be going right and you have to stay on track. All our goals we cored were wonderful.
“Kelleher is an outstanding talent. The crossing from Williams, he might not have thought he would play tonight.
“Jones… it was not my decision in the end for him to take the last penalty. When I saw the list Origi was the taker of the last one and they changed it obviously.
“If you don’t win nobody remembers it in three years, if it works out the boys will remember it forever.”