12-2! The phenomenal Liverpool record that no other club can match

first_img1 Liverpool celebrate beating Middlesbrough on penalties Penalties require nerves of steel and that’s just what a bunch of Liverpool youngsters had when they successfully beat Middlesbrough 14-13 from the spot in the Capital One Cup third round on Tuesday evening. But such calmness under pressure from 12 yards is not unusual when it comes to the Redmen as the Merseyside outfit boast one of the finest penalty shoot-out records in history.Liverpool have faced 14 nerve-shredding shoot-out experiences in competitive football, but have buckled under the strain just twice. The first was back in 1993 when they were downed 4-3 on penalties by Wimbledon in a League Cup fourth round replay. No embarrassment there as back then the Dons were a bruising Premier League outfit, who had beaten Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final after saving a penalty from the Redmen.The club’s only other penalty shoot-out defeat was far more embarrassing, coming at the hands of fourth tier Northampton Town in a League Cup third round tie in 2010. The League Two outfit held a second string Liverpool side to a 2-2 draw, during Roy Hodgson’s brief but wretched spell as manager, then triumphed 4-2 on spot-kicks at a stunned Anfield.Those black marks pale into insignificance when you consider just how impressive the Reds have been on the vast majority of occasions they have lined up after extra-time.Going back to their first victory – a 6-5 triumph from the spot over champions Leeds in the 1974 Charity Shield – Liverpool have been calmness personified from the spot, especially on the biggest occasions. Two of the Merseyside club’s European Cup final successes have come via a penalty shoot-out.Joe Fagan managed Liverpool to continental glory in 1984 when, after being held to a 1-1 draw by Roma in the Italian club’s own stadium, his side cooly stuck away four penalties to the Serie A side’s two, in the first European Cup final to be decided by spot kicks.That shoot-out entered football folklore thanks to goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar’s ‘spaghetti legs’ antics, when the Liverpool number one attempted to unsettle Roma’s penalty takers by wobbling all over the place, as if to say, ‘This is how nervous you should be right now!’Then, of course, came the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’, when Rafa Benitez led the Reds to an incredible comeback victory over AC Milan in 2005. A Steven Gerrard-inspired outfit came from 3-0 down at half-time to force extra-time and penalties. With the Italians totally shellshocked, future Chelsea flop Andrey Shevchenko saw his penalty saved by Jerzy Dudek – repeating Grobbelaar’s tactics at the request of Jamie Carragher – as Liverpool won the shoot-out 3-2.There was also a third success on the European stage from the spot just two seasons later when the Reds beat Chelsea 4-1 in a Champions League semi-final shoot-out at Anfield, after the tie had finished 1-1 on aggregate.And it doesn’t end there when it comes to Liverpool’s shoot-out success. The Reds have also tasted glory twice from the spot in winning the League Cup final (2001 and 2012) and once in the FA Cup final (2006), not to mention the FA Cup semi final (1992).So while it may have been a tricky start to the new season for Brendan Rodgers’ side, it is fair to say his team lived up to the weight of history with their phenomenal 14-13 shoot-out win in the Capital One Cup.Liverpool’s penalty shoot-out record:1. WON Leeds – 1974 Charity Shield (1-1 AET) 6-5 on penalties2. WON Roma – 1984 European Cup final (1-1 AET) 4-2 on penalties3. WON Portsmouth – 1992 FA Cup semi-final replay (0-0 AET) 3-1 on penalties4. LOST Wimbledon – 1993 League Cup fourth round replay (2-2 AET) 3-4 on penalties5. WON Birmingham -1995 FA Cup third round replay (1-1 AET) 2-0 on penalties6. WON Birmingham – 2001 League Cup final (1-1 AET) 5-4 on penalties7. WON Ipswich – 2002 League Cup fourth round (1-1 AET) 5-4 on penalties8. WON Tottenham – 2004 League Cup fifth round (1-1 AET) 5-3 on penalties9. WON AC Milan – 2005 Champions League final (3-3 AET) 3-2 on penalties10. WON West Ham – 2006 FA Cup final (3-3 AET) 3-1 on penalties11. WON Chelsea – 2007 Champions League semi-final second leg (1-1 on agg) 4-1 on penalties12. LOST Northampton Town – 2010 League Cup third round (2-2 AET) 2-4 on penalties13. WON Cardiff – 2012 League Cup final (2-2 AET) 3-2 on penalties14. WON Middlesbrough – 2014 League Cup third round (2-2 AET) 14-13 on penaltieslast_img

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