Liverpool needed penalties to defeat Derby County in their Carabao Cup third-round clash at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp has named a much-changed Reds squad to face the League One side on Wednesday night.
And while Liverpool dominated on the pitch, Derby held their ground to take the game to penalties.
The Reds enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession, recorded 19 shots and earned seven corners.
However, Rams goaltender Joe Wildsmith gave a masterclass between the sticks.
In the 66th minute, Klopp decided to bring the heavy weapons.
Roberto Firmino, Darwin Núñez and Harvey Elliott replaced Bobby Clark, Layton Stewart and Melkamu Frauendorf.
All three hit the pitch, while two of them converted their penalties.
Indeed, Elliott stepped up to secure Liverpool’s victory with his effort to the bottom right.
However, the less said about Firmino’s penalty, the better.
The £180,000-a-week forward walked away with a stutter before launching his effort over the bar.
And BBC Sport commentator Conor McNamara was not impressed with Firmino’s attempt.
“It’s an awful penalty from Firmino,” he said on BBC Radio 5 Live (09/11/22, 10:03 p.m.).
“The Foolish Run, the Scooped Shot, and the Derby Fans Behind the Goal.”
Fortunately, it didn’t cost Liverpool to advance to the fourth round, but it was a pretty poor effort.
Firmino has not had the best week, he has also missed out on a place in the Brazil squad for the 2022 World Cup.
Hopefully he can bounce back and go on to lead Liverpool to the silver medal after the season resumes.
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