From Manchester United's blundered penalty shoot-out versus Sunderland in the semifinal of the League Cup, to Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge's failure to capture a hat-trick against Everton in a one-sided Merseyside derby contested at Anfield on Tuesday, January 28, England internationals are certainly on a roll when it comes to spot-kick misses in the build-up to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer.
Fortunately, it mattered not in the context of Liverpool's thrashing of Everton as the home side trounced their local rivals by a 4-0 scoreline, with Sturridge returning a brace (and could have guaranteed the hat-trick had he converted from the penalty spot) and Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez both scoring one each.
Many of Liverpool's starters returned impeccable statistics, with Kolo Toure completing 90% of his passes and making eight successful clearances, Jordan Henderson hitting a 92% pass accuracy and Gerrard providing a strong presence in midfield - winning 100% of his aerial tussels, completing five clearances, attempting seven challenges for the ball and opening Liverpool's account after just 21 minutes.
Regardless of Sturridge rugbying the ball over the bar, the 24-year-old still won the praise of an England legend and former Everton striker Gary Lineker, who admired the attacker's self-confidence and desire to always add to his tally when in an opportune position.
Really like the fact that Sturridge won't be bullied into passing when he's in a good position himself. Top strikers don't pass the buck.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 28, 2014