League Cup final ratings – Firmino flat, Sterling fails to shine

Date published: Sunday 28th February 2016 8:03

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TEAMtalk rates and slates the individual displays in Man City’s Capital One Cup final win over Liverpool, with Raheem Sterling one of the poorest performers.

Liverpool

SIMON MIGNOLET: Great early stop from Aguero but allowed Fernandinho’s opener to squirm under him – recovered with some good late saves. 7 (Out of 10).

NATHANIEL CLYNE: Kept going for the full 120 minutes without really posing a threat in the City half. Booked. 6.

MAMADOU SAKHO: Never really in the game before an early clash of heads with Can saw him forced off. 5.

LUCAS LEIVA: Managed the threat of Aguero well for a player only recently converted into a centre-back. 7.

ALBERTO MORENO: Lucky not to concede a second-half penalty and not too much of an attacking threat. Booked. 6.

EMRE CAN: Showed great composure to dink home the opening penalty after an average afternoon. Booked. 6.

JORDAN HENDERSON: The Liverpool captain struggled to take the game by the scruff of the neck. 6

JAMES MILNER: Missed a good chance to level against his former club and ended the game as a make-shift left-back. 6.

ROBERTO FIRMINO: Was as subdued here as he was electric in the 4-1 win at the Etihad Stadium back in November. 5.

PHILIPPE COUTINHO: Quiet for so much of the game but came up with the goods when his side needed it most. Booked. 6.

DANIEL STURRIDGE: Never had a sniff of goal on a frustrating afternoon for the ex-Manchester City striker, though his cross led to equaliser. 6.

SUBSTITUTES –

KOLO TOURE (FOR SAKHO, 25): Cheered on by both sets of supporters as he replaced Sakho and was solid. 6.

ADAM LALLANA (FOR MORENO, 71): Should have a tucked away a chance but his rebound off the post was turned home by Coutinho. Booked. 6.

DIVOCK ORIGI (FOR FIRMINO, 80): Had a great chance to win it in extra time. 6.

Manchester City

WILLY CABALLERO: Untested for large periods of the game and helpless on Coutinho’s goal but saved well from Origi in injury time and was the star of the penalty shootout. 8.

BACARY SAGNA: Preferred to Zabaleta at right-back and had a solid game before coming off ahead of extra-time. 6.

VINCENT KOMPANY: Third game back after his long injury hiatus and the City skipper always steadies the ship. Booked. 7.

NICOLAS OTAMENDI: Growing partnership with Kompany continues and looks so much more assured. Booked. 7.

GAEL CLICHY: Got forward when he could but Liverpool leveller came from his side of the pitch. 6.

FERNANDO: Did his job as destroyer well but sacrificed for the more attacking Navas at the end of 90 minutes. Booked. 6.

YAYA TOURE: Not deployed in his favoured position to accommodate Silva through the middle. Quiet afternoon. Booked. 6.

FERNANDINHO: Pushed on early in the second half and was rewarded with the opening goal but missed opening penalty. Booked. 6.

DAVID SILVA: Grew into an influential force and came close with a free-kick but could not unlock Liverpool defence. 7.

RAHEEM STERLING: Jeered throughout by the Liverpool contingent and could not silence them on the pitch as he missed an easy chance on the hour-mark. 5.

SERGIO AGUERO: Saw one-on-one chance saved but laid on goal for Fernandinho. 7.

SUBSTITUTES –

JESUS NAVAS (for Fernando, 90): Could not utilise the pace in his fresh legs to create a winning chance during extra-time. 6.

PABLO ZABALETA (for Sagna, 90): Replaced Sagna and slipped in seamlessly to the defence. 6.

WILFRIED BONY (for Silva, 110): Chosen as the last substitute over Kelechi Inenacho but no chance to make an impact. 5.

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