Liverpool came from behind in a thrilling cup tie to send Leicester packing and Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds into the League Cup semi-final, and Reds thoroughly enjoyed the victory.
Liverpool 3-3 Leicester (5-4 on penalties)
League Cup Quarter-Final, Anfield
December 22, 2021
Goals: Oxlade-Chamberlain 19’, Jota 68’, Minamino 90+5’; Vardy 9’, 13’, Maddison 34’
While Leicester’s team was shrouded in mystery after two postponed games, it was clear that rotation was the order of the day for Liverpool.
The unfamiliarity and rustiness of the XI made for plenty of errors and Jamie Vardy cashed in and James Maddison added another.
Senior faces would make it more of a contest in the second half and Diogo Jota injected renewed belief to make it a real cup tie, with Takumi Minamino then taking it to penalties at the death.
Hearts were in mouths but two saves from Caoimhin Kelleher and five penalty conversions sealed a win that looked out of reach early in the first half and it left Reds overjoyed:
It’s fair to say Reds loved that result…
Up the penalty shoot-out Reds
— Jack Gill (@jacklfcgill) December 22, 2021
Hahahaha that was absolutely mental!
Never ended up caring so much about a game I had little interest in.
Off you go, you horrible, nasty Leicester fans.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) December 22, 2021
SUCK ON THAT LEICESTER YOU FAKE COVID PRICKS!!! GO ON ANOTHER HOLIDAY! #LIVLEI
— Couch Nish (@CouchNish) December 22, 2021
What the actual fuck?
— Steven Kelly (@SteKelly198586) December 22, 2021
Teams shamelessly time wasting only to go on and lose the game may be my favourite thing ever.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) December 22, 2021
Say no more. Well done boys!! Semi Final next ? https://t.co/G7miZF94Ph
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) December 22, 2021
Liverpool through on pens after trailing 3-1.
Hard to find words that sum that up. Heroes young and old.
This is Liverpool. https://t.co/357GEzXD4d
— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) December 22, 2021
Not the most important competition for #LFC. But against the odds this team delivers again. This was a HUGE game for a Leicester team who’d had weeks to prepare and get injuries sorted. Klopp puts out a team nobody thinks can win but… we win. Mentality monsters.
— Si Steers (@sisteers) December 22, 2021
The Anfield atmosphere was widely appreciated…
Tell you what, I know the competition doesn’t mean as much, but I’ve been to all of the big Klopp Anfield nights and this atmosphere is RIGHT up there.
— Ben Kelly (@bkelly776) December 22, 2021
Crowd has been absolutely immense tonight. Immense.
— Red (@TaintlessRed) December 22, 2021
No matter what happens in the penalties, can we take a moment to appreciate this Anfield crowd? It’s been absolutely electric! You’d swear this was a European tie. #CarabaoCup
— Amith Gosai (@AMG133) December 22, 2021
Don’t care if we go out. That was a brilliant second half. Anfield absolutely superb tonight ?? Never beaten ?
— Cathal OL ????? (@IrishRED05) December 22, 2021
Tonight was an advert for why supporters have to be in the ground. Football is soulless without it, almost hollow. That Anfield crowd was sensational and clearly made a difference.
— Rory Greenfield (@RoryGreenfield) December 22, 2021
— Seema Jaswal (@seemajaswal) December 22, 2021
Anfield atmosphere has been unreal tonight ???
— Liam ? (@LiamLFCButler) December 22, 2021
Unbelievable atmosphere that tonight. Never let this sport go behind closed doors again ?
— Dan Clubbe (@dan_clubbe) December 22, 2021
This team squad stadium never ceases to amaze me!!Their Character was immense,and that Anfield SPIRIT was there to be seen.Never give up?ynwa
— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) December 22, 2021
And there were plenty of positives to revel in…
that was all the more excellent with the equaliser coming over 5 mins into stoppage time which were pretty much all as a result of leicester’s constant, incessant time-wasting. visibly wilted as that half went on.
keita, konate, williams, oxlade-chamberlain were utterly immense.
— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) December 22, 2021
All the subs made a big difference. Konate made us far more secure in defence, Milner using his experience, Jota a constant threat and Keita was brilliant picking up the ball and probing and creating. Young Beck won’t ever forget his late cameo to rest Tsimikas’ legs.
— Red (@TaintlessRed) December 22, 2021
Keita was absolutely immense when he came on and changed the game. Konate, Milner and Jota boss but special mention for Naby. #LFC
— Graeme Kelly (@GraemeKelly1) December 22, 2021
“This teams mentality is ridiculous. Never give up.”
– Jon Gates on Facebook.
Konate coming on and boxing it so Leicester couldn’t be arsed attacking anymore
— Mike Kearney (@MikeKearney1) December 22, 2021
Major shades of the Arsenal 5-5 there. Game looked beyond us on a couple of occasions, but we battle back with a last-minute equaliser and win the shoot-out courtesy of some Kelleher heroics. And once again you’re left wondering how we’ve managed to get through ?
— David Comerford (@Dave_Comerford) December 22, 2021
That was way more enjoyable than I expected it to be, What an incredible prospect Kelleher is. And some great performances in second half, particularly Keita.
— Paul Grech (@paul_grech) December 22, 2021