In a night when those who didn’t watch the footie action ended up regretting it, Liverpool outlasted Arsenal 5-4 on penalties after a thrilling 5-5 draw while a Marcus Rashford-inspired Manchester United beat Chelsea 2-1.
Liverpool 5-5 Arsenal (5-4 on pens)
Divock Origi scored an injury time equaliser as Liverpool beat Arsenal on penalties in a nail-biting tie that ensured Liverpool’s place in the Carabao Cup quarter final.
The Kop broke out in mass celebration after youngster Curtis Jones smashed home the winning penalty in front of the famous stand.
The Reds ran out winners despite fielding a relatively inexperienced side against the Gunners.
Klopp’s side went ahead after a Shkodran Mustafi own goal before Lucas Torreira gave the Gunners the lead and a Gabriel Martinelli double boosted their advantage.
Arsenal’s delight was short-lived, however, after Harvey Elliot went down after minimal contact in the box and James Milner duly obliged by putting away the penalty that followed.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles restored Arsenal’s two-goal lead before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a beautiful long range drive and Origi levelled to make it 4-4.
Midfielder Joe Willock looked to have won the game for the Gunners with a sensational strike before Origi scored a scissor kick to send it to penalties where Liverpool won 5-4.
Liverpool now face Aston Villa in the quarter finals, although Reds boss Klopp is threatening not to play the game due to fixture congestion.
Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea
Marcus Rashford scored an amazing free kick as Manchester United ran out 2-1 winners against Chelsea.
The Red Devils were looking for a second win of the season over Chelsea (they beat Frank Lampard’s men 4-0 on the opening day) and delivered, United’s number 10 scoring both goals from set pieces.
United led at half time through a Rashford penalty, but Michy Batshuayi levelled for the hosts, firing past Sergio Romero from distance on the hour mark.
Scott McTominay was the standout performer for the Red Devils, covering every blade of grass in midfield, but it was Rashford who was awarded man of the match.
United also progress to the quarter finals, where they have got – on paper – a kind draw, facing League Two Colchester United at Old Trafford. However, Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer’s men probably thought the same when they came up against lowly Rochdale in round two, but were lucky to struggle through on penalties.