The best photos from Liverpool’s League Cup thriller against Arsenal

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Liverpool ultimately triumphed against Arsenal, in one of the craziest games of football Anfield has seen in some years.

This was the 15th League Cup match between Liverpool and Arsenal, making it the most played fixture in the competition’s history – and what a game it turned out to be.

Jurgen Klopp and Unai Emery both made changes to their traditional starting lineups, giving youth the nod in England’s second domestic cup competition.

Liverpool’s boss handed a debut to Neco Williams, while Caoimhin Kelleher, Sepp van den Berg, Harvey Elliott and Rhian Brewster all made their first appearance at Anfield – Elliott becoming the youngest ever to do so.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Liverpool's Neco Williams during the pre-match warm-up before the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Once the action got underway it took just six minutes for the Reds to take the lead – some great work from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the wing forced Shkodran Mustafi to slide the ball into his own net.

The Reds then had a mini-capitulation and within half an hour Arsenal were 3-1 up. James Milner made up for his error by grabbing a late first-half penalty, Klopp’s men left the pitch 3-2 down but still in touching distance.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Liverpool's James Milner scores a second goal, from a penalty kick, past Arsenal's goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool then went further behind just at a time when they looked to be in the ascendancy.

With the scoreboard showing 4-2 to the visitors it looked like it could be the end of the road for the young Reds, but – Klopp’s DNA runs through the whole club and his youth players wouldn’t give it up, helped along by the seniors in the side.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores the third goal during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Oxlade-Chamberlain rifled in the Reds’ third to make it 4-3, before Divock Origi turned smartly on the edge of the area and pulled Liverpool level. The Belgian then had to repeat his heroics after Arsenal grabbed a fifth.

Origi’s second and Liverpool’s fifth came deep into added time, 90+4 – the Liverpool striker loves a late dramatic goal.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the fourth goal, to level the score at 4-4, during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the fourth goal, to level the score at 4-4, during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The final whistle brought penalties, but the Reds celebrated the draw like a win – they could smell victory from the spot after a tremendous turnaround.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Liverpool's Harvey Elliott celebrates with team-mate Neco Williams after the fifth goal during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Liverpool scoreboard records the 5-5 draw after 90 minutes during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

So, to penalties, it went. Liverpool, obviously buoyed by their two remarkable comebacks, looked confident and the strikes from the spot were of sublime quality – Arsenal blinked first.

Dani Ceballos left his penalty at just the right height for Kelleher, the Liverpool goalkeeper made himself a hero.

It then came down to the last kick, Curtis Jones arrogantly stroked his spot-kick home and Anfield went wild.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Liverpool's Curtis Jones (#48) celebrates with team-mates after scoring the winning fifth penalty of the shoot out during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties after a 5-5 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Liverpool's Curtis Jones (C) celebrates with team-mates after scoring the winning fifth penalty of the shoot out during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties after a 5-5 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Liverpool players Joe Gomez, Neco Williams, Harvey Elliott, Divock Origi, James Milner, Curtis Jones and Rhian Brewster celebrate during the penalty shoot out after the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties after a 5-5 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The manager’s choice of playing youth options totally vindicated after a thrilling fixture, and the boys of the moment received thanks from Klopp in the best possible way.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates with goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher after the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties after a 5-5 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates with winning penalty taker Curtis Jones, who scored the final penalty of the shoot out after the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties after a 5-5 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool now turn their attentions back to the Premier League, Saturday sees the Reds travel to Villa Park for an afternoon kick-off at 3pm.

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