A disappointed Jurgen Klopp has vowed to get Liverpool back up after stumbling against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final. Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini stands vindicated as Willy Cabarello’s heroics justified his decision to ‘throw out the FA Cup’.
The Argentine international saved three successive penalties in the shoot-out to justify Pellegrini’s decision to start him ahead of Joe Hart in the League Cup final. Earlier, Fernandinho’s opener just after half time was cancelled out by Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, who seems to enjoy scoring against Manchester City. The late equaliser took the game to extra-time, and eventually penalties, with City keeping their nerve to win yet another Capital One Cup.
Rather lose a title than lose my word
Speaking after the match, Pellegrini claimed that he would rather lose a title than lose his word. He was quoted by The Telegraph as saying:
“A lot of media were waiting for me to wait a mistake, so I am very happy to win a title most of all for Willy.
“I prefer to lose a title than to lose the word. It’s a bit of a see-saw for the team, to continue fighting.”
The manager also indicated that he did not regret throwing away the FA Cup tie against Chelsea.
“This club is very important to me, it was a difficult decision to throw out the FA Cup but I enjoy my decision,” he added.
We have to carry on, we will carry on
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp remained optimistic about Liverpool’s future despite suffering a disappointing loss in the Capital One Cup final.
“It is like this,” the German began. “You can fall down but you have to stand up and we have the next chance on Wednesday. We have to carry on, we will carry on of course.”
While Manuel Pellegrini is on his way out of Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp is only getting started at Anfield after taking over the reins from Brendan Rodgers earlier this season.
The Chilean will look to leave Manchester on a high note and will be aware that he needs to win more than the League Cup in order to do so. Trailing Leicester City by nine points, it will be interesting to see if the likes of Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany manage to stage a late comeback in the title race.