Sep 23, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Anfield
Liverpool
2-2
Middlesbrough
Rossiter (10'), Suso (109')
Sakho (61')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Reach (62'), Bamford (123' pen.)
Omeruo (57'), Reach (106')
Liverpool win 14-13 on penalties

Phil Thompson: 'Liverpool below par against Middlesbrough'

Phil Thompson during the Liverpool FC Legends Tour Pre-match press conference at Moses Mabhida Stadium on November 14, 2013 in Durban, South Africa
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Phil Thompson claims that Liverpool failed to inspire with their performance during Tuesday's dramatic win over Middlesbrough in the League Cup.

Former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson has admitted that the team performed below their usual standards during Tuesday's dramatic win over Middlesbrough in the League Cup.

The Reds were held to a 2-2 draw by the Championship side at Anfield before they earned a 14-13 triumph on penalties in the third round.

Despite sealing their progress in the competition, Thompson believes that the Merseysiders failed to inspire with their display.

"I would like to say that it was a marked improvement, but that would be far from the point," he told Sky Sports News. "There were a lot of good performances, but in the final third you needed the ball to be moved quicker. I don't think that happened."

Liverpool return to Premier League action on Saturday when they entertain local rivals Everton.

A dejected Luis Suarez of Liverpool reacts following his team's 3-3 draw during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on May 5, 2014
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