Jamie Carragher criticises order of Liverpool penalty takers

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Jamie Carragher questions why Daniel Sturridge did not take a penalty in the League Cup final shootout against Manchester City.


Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said on Sky Sports' live broadcast of the League Cup final that Daniel Sturridge should have been included near the start of the penalty shootout against Manchester City.


After the match had finished 1-1 after extra time, penalties were decided in order to crown a winner at Wembley Stadium, and it was Liverpool who initially seized the initiative after Emre Can scored and Fernandinho struck the post for City.


However, three missed spot kicks in a row from Lucas Leiva, Coutinho and Adam Lallana allowed City to move ahead before Yaya Toure struck the decisive penalty to give City a 3-1 triumph.


Carragher was speaking before Jurgen Klopp had revealed that Sturridge was suffering from cramp and that James Milner would have taken the fifth kick, but given that Milner has taken over penalty duties this season, this opinion is likely to apply to the vice-captain too.


The 38-year-old said: "If he hasn't got an injury, I don't know why he hasn't taken a penalty. He was one of the few technical players Liverpool had available.

"I may be wrong about suggesting they should have gone top heavy but I don't know why someone like Lucas, who I thought was the best player on the pitch today, was taking the second penalty.

"Sometimes, you don't get to the fifth penalty so you want your best penalty takers. I don't know, but you want Sturridge taking a penalty over Lucas Leiva. He may be injured or on the fifth penalty but the fact that the shootout has gone on and Daniel Sturridge hasn't taken one is stupid."

The final was an opportunity for manager Klopp to win his first trophy at the Merseyside giants, as well as earn the club their first success since they won the League Cup in 2012.

Instead, City won the tournament for the second time in three years and ensured that boss Manuel Pellegrini will leave in the summer with at least one trophy to his name.

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