Manchester City and Willy Caballero broke millions of Liverpool’s hearts as the League Cup final ended in a 3-1 victory for the Citizens on penalties after the game ended 1-1 in extra times. It was not a good day for the Merseysiders who were not able to take their chances and faltered at the right time.
This leaves Liverpool trophy-less for more than 3 seasons now and it will surely play in the mind of the manager who lost his second final at Wembley. Here are 5 talking points from this League Cup final on Sunday:
1. Willy Caballero the hero:
Before the game, Caballero was under a lot of pressure to perform after his antics against Chelsea in the FA Cup defeat. However, he was superb on the night making a number of key saves in normal time to take the game to penalties and also produced a hat-trick of saves in the shoot-out to give his team the trophy. Surely when nothing was separating the two teams, Caballero emerged an unlikely hero at the right time.
2. Klopp’s Wembley woes:
The League Cup final was the second time Jurgen Klopp came to Wembley but the German has had to face defeat on both those occasions, the first one coming against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. The stage at Wembley is set only for the champions and Klopp n his two tries has not been able to lift any silverware as yet. However, he will get plenty of chances in years to come and surely sooner than later, his Wembley woes will be lifted.
3. Pellegrini deserves more:
The announcement of Pep Guardiola as the Manchester City manager for the next season has seen the club and the present manager lose a bit of mettle recently. However, Pellegrini stuck to his task and brought out a victorious City side that has now given him what could possibly be his last trophy at the Etihad. For all his time at Manchester City, Pellegrini surely deserves a bigger send off than just the League Cup victory.
4. Sterling justifying his move:
The young Jamaican-born England international moved to Manchester City from Liverpool this summer in search of trophies. He has with this victory ironically over Liverpool, justified his move to the club. He now has more silverware in his time at City in less than a year, than he did at Liverpool in his stint at Anfield. Surely the young winger will have better days to come if Pep Guardiola sees him as a potential star in his squad.
5. Sturridge played 120 minutes:
Yes, 120 minutes without being injured. Arguably the only positive for Liverpool from this game, Daniel Sturridge who has now started the last 4 games stayed on the field till the end of extra time. Though he was down due to cramps before the shoot-out, Sturridge now seems strong and fit and will surely give Liverpool plenty of options going into the business end of the season. Though he was not able to score, he will surely be an important figure in Klopp’s plans in the long term.