'Liverpool Took The Better Penalties' In Shootout Defeat To Manchester City
Liverpool lost Sunday's Community Shield on penalties to Manchester City at Wembley but there's a weird take from the Reds' faithful that their spot-kicks were better.
Following Joel Matip's late header cancelling out Raheem Sterling's opener, the game between the domestic-treble winners and European Cup winners went straight to penalties.
And it was City who prevailed, retaining the piece of silverware after scoring all five of their penalties and seeing Claudio Bravo smartly deny Georginio Wijnaldum, Liverpool's only player to miss from 12 yards.
But a bizarre section of an article on the Liverpool Echo is being widely ridiculed online for suggesting that Liverpool took better penalties "based purely on the placement".
OMG STOP IT NOW :joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy: award for the best placed spot kicks, regardless if they scored or not goes too......:trophy::joy: https://t.co/qYaQ4SBpZa- Natalie Paweleck (@NataliePaweleck) August 6, 2019
It's a very odd take to have but at least Liverpool can be satisfied knowing they have won the Expected Penalty Goal as well as the Champions League this year.
It was the second time at Wembley that Liverpool were beaten on penalties by City after a 1-1 draw - the first being in the League Cup in 2016.
The Reds were also denied by yet another stunning goal-line clearance for the second consecutive meeting, with Kyle Walker's heroics saving City after John Stones produced a defensive miracle back in January's fixture at the Etihad.