Former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam has weighed in on his former team-mate Jordan Henderson and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge following the League Cup Final penalty shoot-out defeat.
We fell to Manchester City, with Coutinho, Lucas and Adam Lallana messing up their spot-kicks, but many have questioned why more obvious penalty takers didn’t choose to take one.
James Milner is first-choice during matches, skipper Henderson has taken them before and Sturridge is a centre-forward. It hasn’t been mentioned, but Divock Origi used to take penalties for Lille and didn’t step up either.
“If I’m captain of the club I’m first up. If I’m supposedly England’s best striker I’m second up,” Adam told BBC 5Live.
“Jordan Henderson is a shy character, so maybe he doesn’t feel like he had to step up. But you’ve got to have the bottle to be able to stand up.”
Many would agree with Adam’s words, but it’s a little rich considering what he did with his own penalty in Liverpool’s League Cup Final in 2012…
The Scot hit arguably one of the worst spot-kicks ever seen at Wembley, but thankfully his team-mates made up for him and enabled us to clinch the trophy.
Still, we’d suggest that Adam’s Wembley effort takes away his right of opinion on the topic!
The midfielder was an Anfield flop, lasting just one season at Liverpool before he was shipped out to Stoke – the club he remains at today.