Match ends, Liverpool 1(1), Manchester City 1(3).
Willy Caballero was Manchester City's hero as they beat Liverpool on penalties to win the Capital One Cup at Wembley.
The 34-year-old Argentine goalkeeper spectacularly rewarded the faith of manager Manuel Pellegrini with saves from Lucas, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana in the shoot-out after he was selected ahead of first-choice Joe Hart.
Fernandinho put City ahead just after the break after an error by Liverpool's otherwise heroic keeper Simon Mignolet. But two glaring misses from former Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling opened the door for Coutinho's late leveller.
In the shootout, Fernandinho hit a post with City's first kick, but Jesus Navas and Sergio Aguero were on target as Caballero made his decisive saves, allowing Yaya Toure to convert the winning penalty.
Pellegrini's loyalty rewarded
Pellegrini made a huge call in selecting the veteran Caballero ahead of Hart, particularly in the light of his dreadful display in the 5-1 FA Cup fifth-round defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge a week earlier.
City's manager has always trusted the keeper he coached at Malaga before bringing him to Manchester - and it was repaid with interest as Caballero made a magnificent stop from Divock Origi's header before defying Liverpool in the shootout.
The temptation would have been to reinstate Hart after Caballero's struggles last Sunday but Pellegrini kept to his tried and trusted policy in this competition - and came out a deserved winner.
It ensured at least one trophy for the Chilean coach in his final season before Pep Guardiola takes over, with success in the Premier League and Champions League still a possibility.
Mignolet's mixed bag
Liverpool keeper Mignolet showed the inconsistency that brings him as much criticism as praise.
The Belgian was badly at fault for letting Fernandinho's shot slip under his body but redeemed hlmself - and more besides - with some stunning stops from Aguero, and also dived bravely into a six-yard box scramble to clear as City threatened once more.
This, it seems, will always be life with Mignolet in goal but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp trusts the keeper the extent that he was recently awarded a five-year contract.
It still remains to be seen whether he is the long-term solution because he simply cannot eradicate important errors from his game.
If Raheem Sterling joined Manchester City's celebrations with even more gusto than his team-mates, it may have been through relief as much as joy.
This is because if City had lost, the forward who made an acrimonious £49m move from Liverpool in the summer would have carried a large portion of the blame.
Sterling was guilty of two dreadful misses when City were 1-0 up and seeking the second goal that would have eased their path to victory.
The England international steered wide of an open goal when it seemed so much easier to score, then was off target with another perfect opportunity after being set up by Aguero.
Sterling, whose every touch was jeered by Liverpool's fans after the manner of his departure from the club, got away with it but this was further proof that the weaknesses that have lingered in his game, namely finishing and decision-making, still exist. A work in progress.
Man of the match - Vincent Kompany
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "We feel down but now we have to stand up. Only silly idiots stay on the floor and wait for the next defeat.
"We will strike back. We have felt how it is to lose. It is not the best moment but on Monday morning maybe we can change everything.
"We will go on and we will get better. We have to work really hard, carry on and there is light at the end of the tunnel. This important."
Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini: "I was concerned about the amount of chances we missed. After that we played better in extra-time.
"It's a very important moment, and it's always very special to win a title at Wembley."
The key stats
- Manchester City have won four of their five League Cup finals (1970, 1976, 2014 and 2016)
- Liverpool lost a League Cup final for the fourth time (1978, 1987, 2005 and 2016)
- Fernandinho has scored in his last two League Cup appearances - having failed to score in his previous seven
- Philippe Coutinho has scored in five of his six appearances against Manchester City in all competitions
- This was only the fourth time that Liverpool have lost a penalty shootout - having faced 18 in total
- Liverpool had previously won all five cup finals that had gone to a penalty shootout
- Jurgen Klopp has reached a cup final in each of his last five seasons as a manager, but has lost the last four
There's little chance for Liverpool and Manchester City to catch a breather before they meet each other again - in the Premier League at Anfield on Wednesday.
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- 23CanBooked at 85mins
- 10CoutinhoBooked at 84mins
- 11FirminoSubstituted forOrigiat 80'minutes
- 4K Touré
- 3SagnaSubstituted forZabaletaat 90'minutes
- 4KompanyBooked at 87mins
- 30OtamendiBooked at 109mins
- 42Y TouréBooked at 118mins
- 6RegesBooked at 76minsSubstituted forNavasat 90'minutes
- 25FernandinhoBooked at 118mins
- 21SilvaSubstituted forBonyat 110'minutes
- Michael Oliver
- Shots on Target
Penalty Shootout ends, Liverpool 1(1), Manchester City 1(3).
Goal! Liverpool 1(1), Manchester City 1(3). Yaya Touré (Manchester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Penalty saved! Adam Lallana (Liverpool) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.
Goal! Liverpool 1(1), Manchester City 1(2). Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.
Penalty saved! Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.
Goal! Liverpool 1(1), Manchester City 1(1). Jesús Navas (Manchester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Penalty saved! Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the top right corner.
Penalty missed! Still Liverpool 1(1), Manchester City 1. Fernandinho (Manchester City) hits the left post with a right footed shot.
Goal! Liverpool 1(1), Manchester City 1. Emre Can (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.
Penalty Shootout begins Liverpool 1, Manchester City 1.
Second Half Extra Time ends, Liverpool 1, Manchester City 1.
Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.
Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).
Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Fernandinho (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.
Yaya Touré (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.
Adam Lallana (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card.