A spluttering Liverpool required a remarkable penalty shootout to overcome Championship side Middlesbrough in the League Cup third round.
Brendan Rodgers’ men, who have lost three of their opening five Premier League fixtures, were far from their best again as they drew 2-2 after extra time in a pulsating encounter at Anfield.
And the incredible action continued into the spot kicks, with some players required to take second penalties after 20 of the first 22 were converted.
A further seven would follow suit until Middlesbrough’s Albert Adomah missed the target to secure the hosts’ progress via a scarcely believable 14-13 scoreline.
It appeared a comfortable night was in the offing for Liverpool when teenage debutant Jordan Rossiter struck in the ninth minute.
But Middlesbrough were undeterred and enjoyed the better of proceedings thereafter, their reward coming midway through the second period when Adam Reach headed home to stun the home crowd.
Liverpool again took control during extra time, substitute Suso hitting his first goal of the club to seemingly seal their progression.
Capital One Cup Results:
Arsenal 1 – 2 Southampton
Cardiff City 0 – 3 AFC Bournemouth
Derby County 2 – 0 Reading
Leyton Orient 0 – 1 Sheffield United
Liverpool * 2 – 2 Middlesbrough
Milton Keynes Dons 2 – 0 Bradford City
Shrewsbury Town 1 – 0 Norwich City
Sunderland 1 – 2 Stoke City
Swansea City 3 – 0 Everton
Fulham 2 – 1 Doncaster Rovers