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'Dreadful': BBC commentator stunned by £180k-a-week Liverpool star v Derby
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'Dreadful': BBC commentator stunned by £180k-a-week Liverpool star v Derby

Liverpool needed penalties to see off Derby County in their Carabao Cup third-round clash at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp named a much-changed Reds side to face the League One outfit on Wednesday night.

And while Liverpool dominated on the pitch, Derby held firm to take the game to a penalty shootout.

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The Reds enjoyed 74 percent of possession, registered 19 shots and won seven corners.

However, Rams goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith delivered a masterclass in between the sticks.

In the 66th minute, Klopp decided to bring on the big guns.

Roberto Firmino, Darwin Nunez and Harvey Elliott replaced Bobby Clark, Layton Stewart and Melkamu Frauendorf.

All three made an impact on the pitch, while two of them converted their penalties.

Indeed, Elliott stepped up to secure victory for Liverpool with his effort into the bottom right.

However, the less said about Firmino’s penalty, the better.

The £180,000-a-week forward went with a stuttering run-up before blazing his effort over the bar.

And BBC Sport commentator Conor McNamara was not impressed with Firmino’s attempt.

“It’s a dreadful penalty by Firmino,” he said on BBC Radio 5 Live (9/11/22, 22:03).

“The silly run up, the scooped shot and it’s into the Derby fans behind the goal.”

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Luckily it didn’t cost Liverpool progress into the fourth round, but it was a pretty poor effort.

Firmino hasn’t had the best week – he has also missed out on a place in the Brazil squad for the 2022 World Cup.

Hopefully he can pick himself up and go on to spearhead Liverpool to silverware after the season resumes.

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