CARABAO CUP

Liverpool edge Arsenal on penalties after 10-goal thriller

Liverpool beat Arsenal on penalties to reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals after an astonishing 5-5 draw at Anfield on Wednesday.

Liverpool edge Arsenal on penalties after 10-goal thriller
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Anfield debutant Curtis Jones scored the winning spot-kick as Liverpool beat Arsenal on penalties after an astonishing 5-5 draw to reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Jones nets decisive kick after Reds fight back to force penalties

The 18-year-old kept his cool in front of the Kop to send Liverpool through after the hosts had trailed 3-1, 4-2 and 5-4 before a stoppage-time equaliser by Divock Origi.

On a crazy evening it had appeared as though Joe Willock's screamer had earned Arsenal victory, but Liverpool proved irrepressible as their barnstorming season continued.

Both Jürgen Klopp and Unai Emery changed their entire line-ups from the weekend's Premier League action. Liverpool took the lead in the sixth minute as Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi scored a comical own goal.

Arsenal levelled after 19 minutes when Mesut Özil, given a rare start by Emery, picked out Bukayo Saka in space and after his shot was saved, Lucas Torreira tapped home.

Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli scored his first goal of the night seven minutes later to put Arsenal ahead, scooping in from close range after a save by keeper Caoimhin Kelleher.

Liverpool then self-destructed as Harvey Elliott's poor pass went to Özil who played in Saka to square for Martinelli to make it 3-1, but in the 43rd minute Elliott tumbled in the box at the other end and James Milner tucked away a penalty.

Milner's dreadful back pass allowed Ainsley Maitland-Niles to make it 4-2 but Arsenal old boy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain crashed home a beauty shortly after to close the gap, before Liverpool equalised in the 62nd minute when Jones played in Origi who turned superbly to fire into the roof of the net.

Willock restores Arsenal lead, only for Origi to grab last-gasp leveller

Willock's goal sent Arsenal's fans into raptures again but Origi scored with almost the last kick of the game.