Liverpool FC manager hails character after beating Middlesbrough on penalties
Brendan Rodgers saw Liverpool beat Boro 14-13 on penalties to reach the next round of the Capital One Cup
September 24th, 2014
Liverpool have had a difficult start to the season, with the Reds dropping several points in the Premier League although they are still alive in all cup competitions following Tuesday’s dramatic penalty shoot-out success at Anfield.
Middlesbrough took their Premier League opponents right to the wire with the scoreline at 1-1 after the final whistle and then 2-2 after extra-time which led to an epic penalty shoot-out that saw Liverpool triumph 14-13 on penalties.
Brendan Rodgers was delighted with the character of his team after avoiding a potential banana skin, with Jose Enrique singled out for his performance.
Rodgers told Sky Sports: “It was very important. You can see how happy the players are. They are competitive players, they want to win in every competition.
“Tonight, a lot of the players haven’t played a great deal. Jose Enrique, I thought, was outstanding, he got through the whole game and extra-time and showed good composure on his penalty.
“We’re all very happy. We’re in the hat for the next round, that’s all we want.”
Rodgers added on an enthralling encounter: “It was a great quality of penalty, I thought both teams showed great composure.
“We’re obviously very pleased to get through after being in the lead and giving away poor goals, to be honest. At the moment we’re making too many mistakes, but I can’t fault the character and the mentality of the players because they kept going.
“In the extra period of time, in the 30 minutes, we were very good. We had to step up to get into the next round, we won it on penalties, and congratulations to Middlesbrough, they were excellent and I can see why they are towards the top of the Championship.
“But great for us to get through and a great night for our young players.”