Liverpool beat Arsenal on penalties after 10-goal classic

Liverpool beat Arsenal on penalties after 10-goal classic

Liverpool have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup courtesy of a penalty shootout victory over Arsenal following a remarkable 5-5 draw inside the 90 minutes at Anfield this evening.

Jurgen Klopp’s side had not lost on home soil for 27 games and 13 months ahead of the match, but that record looked in serious jeopardy despite Shkodran Mustafi’s comical own goal giving them a perfect start after only six minutes.

That would prove to be only the beginning of the drama in a topsy-turvy, madcap and frenetic EFL Cup classic, and Arsenal were 3-1 up half an hour later courtesy of Lucas Torreira’s controversial equaliser and a brace from Gabriel Martinelli.

James Milner’s penalty reduced the deficit back to one before half time, but it was an error from Liverpool’s captain for the night which allowed the Gunners to restore their two-goal cushion when Ainsley Maitland-Niles pounced to score.

Liverpool refused to lie down as stunning strikes from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Divock Origi lit up an otherwise error-strewn performance to restore parity, only for Joe Willock to then throw his name in the hat for goal of the game with a long-range screamer of his own.

The hosts were given five minutes of stoppage time to rescue a penalty shootout, and Origi once again stepped up with an acrobatic finish in the 94th minute to make it 5-5 – a 10-goal tally which did a relentlessly action-packed match justice.

Indeed, the 90 minutes were even higher scoring than the shootout itself, with Dani Ceballos seeing his spot kick saved and Curtis Jones then scoring the winning penalty in front of the Kop end on his senior home debut for his boyhood club.