LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 22, 2021: Liverpool players react as Diogo Jota scores the decisive penalty in the shoot-out after the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rockin’ around Fortress Anfield! Christmas comes early for “unbelievable” Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp fell in love with his team all over again and the sentiment was shared within the squad after their persistence paid off to reach the League Cup semi-final.

For many, the first half panned out as many had expected after seeing the two lineups, with Liverpool turning to youngsters amid 10 changes and Leicester going strong.

The scoreboard read 3-1 at halftime in favour of the Foxes but a triple change turned the game on its head and the Reds simply needed to convert their pressure into chances and goals.

Thanks to Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino, they did just that and then it was Caoimhin Kelleher who seized his moment in the penalty shootout to twice deny Leicester.

Anfield was rocking for a cup tie that had everything and it was a lesson in never giving up.

“Like we always show, we never give up and always keep going until the end and like you saw, we got that goal at the end again because we never stopped believing and the crowd just kept pushing us on,” Kelleher told LFCTV post-match.

Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Leicester (Mike Egerton/PA)

The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Thiago, Andy Robertson and Adrian all lauded their teammates after watching on from home and the spirit in the squad was well and truly alive.

And it was a night to remember for Owen Beck, Conor Bradley and Billy Koumetio on what was a thrilling night of firsts for the trio:

The power of Anfield took centre stage and made for a memorable occasion for all involved and it was not lost on Minamino and James Milner just how special the group and the ground are:

And the fighting mentality to never give up was rightly celebrated by Jordan Henderson, Neco Williams and Ibrahima Konate as the Reds got their rewards:

There were two eye-catching performances from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita on the night and it’s safe to say they enjoyed the contest after both successfully converting in the shootout:

And what a lovely early Christmas present it was, with Kostas Tsimikas and Jota all too happy to spread festive joy for Reds everywhere:

The good times keep rolling for Liverpool and we can all agree with Klopp on this:

“These boys, I loved them before but I fell in love again. It’s just incredible.”