EFL Cup - Final
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Manchester City win 3-1 on penalties

Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City (pens 1-3)

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Wembley
Caballero saves Lallana's penalty
Willy Caballero saved three penalties in the shootout

Willy Caballero was Manchester City's hero as they beat Liverpool on penalties to win the Capital One Cup at Wembley.

The 34-year-old Argentine goalkeeper spectacularly rewarded the faith of manager Manuel Pellegrini with saves from Lucas, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana in the shoot-out after he was selected ahead of first-choice Joe Hart.

Fernandinho put City ahead just after the break after an error by Liverpool's otherwise heroic keeper Simon Mignolet. But two glaring misses from former Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling opened the door for Coutinho's late leveller.

In the shootout, Fernandinho hit a post with City's first kick, but Jesus Navas and Sergio Aguero were on target as Caballero made his decisive saves, allowing Yaya Toure to convert the winning penalty.

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Pellegrini's loyalty rewarded

Manuel Pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini has won three trophies since arriving at Manchester City in June 2013

Pellegrini made a huge call in selecting the veteran Caballero ahead of Hart, particularly in the light of his dreadful display in the 5-1 FA Cup fifth-round defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge a week earlier.

City's manager has always trusted the keeper he coached at Malaga before bringing him to Manchester - and it was repaid with interest as Caballero made a magnificent stop from Divock Origi's header before defying Liverpool in the shootout.

The temptation would have been to reinstate Hart after Caballero's struggles last Sunday but Pellegrini kept to his tried and trusted policy in this competition - and came out a deserved winner.

It ensured at least one trophy for the Chilean coach in his final season before Pep Guardiola takes over, with success in the Premier League and Champions League still a possibility.

Mignolet's mixed bag

Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet was at fault for Manchester City's goal, but later made some terrific saves

Liverpool keeper Mignolet showed the inconsistency that brings him as much criticism as praise.

The Belgian was badly at fault for letting Fernandinho's shot slip under his body but redeemed hlmself - and more besides - with some stunning stops from Aguero, and also dived bravely into a six-yard box scramble to clear as City threatened once more.

This, it seems, will always be life with Mignolet in goal but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp trusts the keeper the extent that he was recently awarded a five-year contract.

It still remains to be seen whether he is the long-term solution because he simply cannot eradicate important errors from his game.

Relieved Raheem

Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling has scored 10 goals for Manchester City, but only one in 2016

If Raheem Sterling joined Manchester City's celebrations with even more gusto than his team-mates, it may have been through relief as much as joy.

This is because if City had lost, the forward who made an acrimonious £49m move from Liverpool in the summer would have carried a large portion of the blame.

Sterling was guilty of two dreadful misses when City were 1-0 up and seeking the second goal that would have eased their path to victory.

The England international steered wide of an open goal when it seemed so much easier to score, then was off target with another perfect opportunity after being set up by Aguero.

Sterling, whose every touch was jeered by Liverpool's fans after the manner of his departure from the club, got away with it but this was further proof that the weaknesses that have lingered in his game, namely finishing and decision-making, still exist. A work in progress.

Man of the match - Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany
Kompany was making his third start since recovering from a calf problem that had kept him out of the side since November

Manager reaction

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "We feel down but now we have to stand up. Only silly idiots stay on the floor and wait for the next defeat.

"We will strike back. We have felt how it is to lose. It is not the best moment but on Monday morning maybe we can change everything.

"We will go on and we will get better. We have to work really hard, carry on and there is light at the end of the tunnel. This important."

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini: "I was concerned about the amount of chances we missed. After that we played better in extra-time.

"It's a very important moment, and it's always very special to win a title at Wembley."

The key stats

  • Manchester City have won four of their five League Cup finals (1970, 1976, 2014 and 2016)
  • Liverpool lost a League Cup final for the fourth time (1978, 1987, 2005 and 2016)
  • Fernandinho has scored in his last two League Cup appearances - having failed to score in his previous seven
  • Philippe Coutinho has scored in five of his six appearances against Manchester City in all competitions
  • This was only the fourth time that Liverpool have lost a penalty shootout - having faced 18 in total
  • Liverpool had previously won all five cup finals that had gone to a penalty shootout
  • Jurgen Klopp has reached a cup final in each of his last five seasons as a manager, but has lost the last four

What next?

There's little chance for Liverpool and Manchester City to catch a breather before they meet each other again - in the Premier League at Anfield on Wednesday.

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2ClyneBooked at 53mins
  • 21Leiva
  • 17SakhoSubstituted forK Touréat 25'minutes
  • 18MorenoBooked at 65minsSubstituted forLallanaat 72'minutesBooked at 118mins
  • 7Milner
  • 14Henderson
  • 23CanBooked at 85mins
  • 10CoutinhoBooked at 84mins
  • 11FirminoSubstituted forOrigiat 80'minutes
  • 15Sturridge

Substitutes

  • 4K Touré
  • 9Benteke
  • 20Lallana
  • 24Allen
  • 27Origi
  • 34Bogdan
  • 38Flanagan

Man City

  • 13Caballero
  • 3SagnaSubstituted forZabaletaat 90'minutes
  • 4KompanyBooked at 87mins
  • 30OtamendiBooked at 109mins
  • 22Clichy
  • 42Y TouréBooked at 118mins
  • 6RegesBooked at 76minsSubstituted forNavasat 90'minutes
  • 25FernandinhoBooked at 118mins
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forBonyat 110'minutes
  • 7Sterling
  • 10Agüero

Substitutes

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 11Kolarov
  • 14Bony
  • 15Navas
  • 26Demichelis
  • 72Iheanacho
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
86,206

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home16
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home18
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Liverpool 1(1), Manchester City 1(3).

  2. Penalties over

    Penalty Shootout ends, Liverpool 1(1), Manchester City 1(3).

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Liverpool 1(1), Manchester City 1(3). Yaya Touré (Manchester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Penalty saved! Adam Lallana (Liverpool) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Liverpool 1(1), Manchester City 1(2). Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  6. Post update

    Penalty saved! Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Liverpool 1(1), Manchester City 1(1). Jesús Navas (Manchester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  8. Post update

    Penalty saved! Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the top right corner.

  9. Post update

    Penalty missed! Still Liverpool 1(1), Manchester City 1. Fernandinho (Manchester City) hits the left post with a right footed shot.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Liverpool 1(1), Manchester City 1. Emre Can (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

  11. Penalties in progress

    Penalty Shootout begins Liverpool 1, Manchester City 1.

  12. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Liverpool 1, Manchester City 1.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

  17. Post update

    Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Booking

    Fernandinho (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Booking

    Yaya Touré (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Booking

    Adam Lallana (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card.

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