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Willy Caballero saved three spot-kicks as Manchester City secured their fourth League Cup with a 3-1 penalty shoot-out victory over Liverpool at Wembley.
The Argentine saved kicks from Lucas Leiva, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho to hand Manuel Pellegrini his third trophy in his third and final year at the club.
Caballero's performance was in marked contrast to his opposite number Simon Mignolet, who at fault for Fernandinho's opening goal in the 1-1 draw, then failed to stop any of City's penalties in the shoot-out after Lallana had equalised to take the game to first extra-time, then penalties.
Liverpool were forced into an early change when Mamadou Sakho was taken off, much to the French defender's frustration and annoyance, following a clash of heads with team-mate Emre Can midway through the first half.
Klopp fielded an impressive attacking trident of Coutinho,
Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge, but Liverpool struggled to
break down a City defence superbly marshalled by captain Vincent
Kompany, and failed to get a first-half shot on target for the first
time in 87 matches.
match since the turn of the year, were also off the pace, and it took Mignolet's howler to break the deadlock at
Belgian goalkeeper, who signed a new five-year deal at Anfield in
January, let a speculative Fernandinho shot squirm under his body and
into the net.
really should have doubled their advantage on the hour mark, but
former Liverpool forward Sterling failed to beat Mignolet from close
range after being set up by Yaya Toure's rolled pass.
Pellegrini's side were
then denied a penalty two minutes later, when Liverpool full-back
Alberto Moreno seemed to trip Sergio Aguero in the area, but referee
Michael Oliver ruled in favour of the Spanish defender.
who joined City from Liverpool in a £49m
last summer, wasted another golden opportunity to sink his former
team 10 minutes from the end, shooting wide from Aguero's pass from
15 yards out.
City were made to pay, as Liverpool levelled three minutes later with
their first shot on target, as Coutinho drilled home after substitute
Lallana's shot from Sturridge's cross had hit the post.