Alan Shearer criticises Liverpool in wake of cup final defeat to Manchester City

Premier League legend Alan Shearer has hit out at Liverpool over the club's penalty taker decisions in their League Cup final defeat to Manchester City.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher joined masses of fans on social media in questioning Jurgen Klopp’s decision not to go ‘top-heavy’ in the penalty shoot-out which decided the Capital One Cup final in City's favour - as reported by the Independent.

Emre Can, Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Leiva and Adam Lallana stepped up to take Liverpool’s spot-kicks and all but Can saw their efforts saved by opposition goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

As the record goalscorer in Premier League history, Shearer's views carry a lot of weight.

'I don't understand'

And the pundit, who scored 313 goals in 622 career games for club and country, used his latest column on Coral to criticise the Reds' approach to the spot kicks.

"There were some good penalties at Wembley," Shearer told Coral.

"Yaya Toure’s to win the shootout was great. Emre Can’s dink down the middle was incredible for the first man up. That took some balls!

"But I didn’t understand Liverpool’s order of penalty takers. Their best striker, Daniel Sturridge was not even one of the first five and I’d have thought Milner, who I saw take penalties at Newcastle and is experienced would have been higher up the order.

"You have to start the shootout with your best players as it might not get down to the fifth penalty, as proved to be the case.

"I was always first up when I was involved in a shootout. It is crucial to get off to a good start as it puts pressure on the opposition."

Klopp needs to get big decisions right and fast

Whether a different approach would have necessarily meant a different result we will never know.

But it does raise question marks over Klopp's supposed tactical nous.

The German will naturally be given time to turn the Anfield club around, but he will need to get the big calls right sooner rather than later if he is to become the cult figure he seems destined to be.

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