Three unlikely Liverpool heroes who proved a point to fans in defeat

Lucas Leiva

Liverpool lost the Capital One Cup final to Manchester City in heartbreaking circumstances - but showed so much heart at Wembley.

Simon Mignolet

Considering Simon Mignolet's poor form throughout his Liverpool career, it would almost be inconceivable to consider him an Anfield hero. The Belgian was pivotal in the Reds reaching the Capital One Cup final, however, helping Jurgen Klopp's men win their penalty shootout against Stoke City.

Then came the Mignolet all Liverpool fans are used to seeing, of course. His howler gifted Manchester City the lead at Wembley.

But, thereafter, Mignolet showed real heart. Brendan Rodgers was infamous for overusing and misusing the word 'character' to comic effect yet, here, Liverpool's goalkeeper showed plenty of it. He was heroic, almost emulating Jerzy Dudek with three world-class saves. Even if he is to leave Anfield after an unsuccessful career, Sunday showed he will at least put up a fight first. Every Liverpool fan needs to see that.

Lucas Leiva

What a performance. The 29-year-old was sensational for Liverpool against Manchester City and so unfortunate to have his penalty saved. His spot-kick wasn't even a bad one.

During the game, the Brazilian embodied the 'You'll Never Walk Alone' spirit, fighting, working and defending relentlessly. Who would have guessed this was a midfielder playing out of position? Maybe Lucas should become Liverpool's first-choice centre-back...

Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana's career with the Reds has been hit and miss to say the least. All too often, the England man has shown a lack of heart and desire, looked weak in the tackle and lightweight on the ball.

At Wembley, though, Lallana showed what every Liverpool fan would expect of a multi-million pound player. Yes, Liverpool wouldn't have equalised without goalscorer Philippe Coutinho - but Lallana's shot that hit the post first made it happen.

He, too, was unlucky to have his penalty saved and the playmaker even showed the bravery to take on Yaya Toure after he felt he was fouled by the Ivorian. If Lallana tries this hard every week, he could become a true Liverpool player yet.

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