Former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor has admitted that he has sympathy for Lucas Leiva after the Brazilian missed a penalty in the League Cup final shootout defeat to Manchester City.
Lucas was a surprise inclusion in the centre of defence, but he was arguably the man of the match at Wembley Stadium as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw after extra time.
However, his performance was tainted after he saw his spot kick brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Willy Caballero when Liverpool were 1-0 up in the shootout, and City would capitalise to emerge victorious by a 3-1 scoreline.
Didn't deserve that Lucas after his display— Neil Mellor (@NeilMellor33) February 28, 2016
In the aftermath of the defeat, question marks remained over why Daniel Sturridge did not feature in the shootout, with the England international potentially being named as the fifth taker.
However, Jurgen Klopp has since revealed that Sturridge wasn't scheduled to be involved due to cramp, with James Milner in line to take the final kick, but Mellor was indicated that he would have personally requested to take the opening penalty.
As a former forward I wanted to take the first pen in a shoutout! In a shootout its all about who fancies it. In truth plenty go hiding!!— Neil Mellor (@NeilMellor33) February 28, 2016
During his time at Liverpool between 2002 and 2006, Mellor scored six goals in 22 matches in all competitions.