Arsenal beat Liverpool on penalties; Villa, Fulham out of League Cup

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England Carabao Cup - Liverpool vs Arsenal - Liverpool's Rhys Williams (L) slides in to challenge Arsenal's Bukayo Saka during the English Carabao Cup fourth round soccer match between Liverpool and Arsenal at the Anfield. - Peter Byrne/PA Wire/dpa

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno was the hero for Arsenal as they beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the League Cup on Thursday.

Joe Willock scored the decisive penalty to give Arsenal the win and book their place in the last eight after the match had ended 0-0 at full-time.

Fellow Premier League sides Aston Villa and Fulham were also dumped out of the competition, beaten by Championship sides Stoke and Brentford respectively.

Arsenal's reward is a quarter-final against holders Manchester City while Thursday's draw paired Everton with Manchester United, Stoke with Tottenham and Brentford with Newcastle.

Liverpool made nine changes but still dominated the match and it was only the performance of Arsenal goalkeeper Leno that stopped them from scoring.

Takumi Minamino hit the woodwork while the German produced a number of outstanding saves, including one from Virgil van Dijk.

Three days after they beat Arsenal in the Premier League, champions Liverpool were on top when Adrian saved from Mohamed Elneny but Leno then saved penalties from Divock Origi and Harry Wilson before Willock clinched the win.

"The club has always given me the feeling I was the number one (goalkeeper)," Leno said.

"I am the number one and will be the number one. My job is to prove it every week and I feel I have done that tonight."

Leno said the competition could be crucial for Arsenal as they build under manager Mikel Arteta.

"This is a chance to win another trophy, that is our target," he said.

"It is not easy to come to the same place with a big disappointment from Monday. We analysed the game and the manager found the right words to lift us."

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said paid the price for not taking their chances.

"If there would have been a winner in 90 minutes it should have been us but we are not in dreamland, you have to score," he said.

"I liked a lot of parts of the game, we mixed it up a lot and I saw a proper performance, a lot of things we like on the pitch when you wear this wonderful shirt.

"A penalty shoot-out is tricky, everyone knows. That is it."

Sam Vokes' 26th-minute goal gave Stoke a 1-0 win at last year's runners-up Villa.

And Brentford gained revenge over Fulham - who beat them in the Championship play-off final last season - with a 3-0 home win.

Vokes headed the winner against a much-changed Villa side, with Stoke reaching the last eight without conceding a goal.

Brentford were denied a place in this season’s Premier League when Fulham claimed a 2-1 win at Wembley in the play-off final to earn promotion from the second tier.

On Thursday, Marcus Forss scored the opener in the 37th minute before Said Benrahma added a second half double to put the result beyond doubt and earn a first-ever League Cup last eight tie for the club.

"It feels amazing," Brentford's Mathias Jensen said.

"We fight together as a team. We did really well. Maybe we don't play fantastic football all the time but we work really hard and that's what matters."