Middlesbrough coach Aitor Karanka has said he was impressed with his team’s display against Liverpool in the third round of the Capital One Cup. Middlesbrough lost out to Liverpool on penalties after it had ended 2-2 at regulation and extra time. Karanka’s men came from behind twice to draw level with the Premier League and forced the encounter to be decided on penalties.
Karanka described the team’s performance in the League Cup defeat as in the class of ‘Champions League’. “We fought like a Champions League team. I am very proud of my players and the club. Our performance was perfect, we were twice losing and had a very good reaction,” Karanka told BBC. The Championship side saw Adam Reach’s and Patrick Bamford goals cancel out Jordan Rossiter and Suso efforts. They finally lost out in the epic penalty shoot-out when Albert Adomah missed to see the game end 14-13 at the Anfield.
“We were fighting for 120 minutes but the players tired, not just because they ran a lot, because it was at Anfield and there is pressure. We showed a lot of personality, I’m very pleased,” Karanka added.