By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Charlie Adam has delivered scathing criticism of Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge for not taking penalties in the League Cup final shoot-out defeat to Manchester City.
Skipper Henderson was number six on Jurgen Klopp’s list if it went to sudden death while Sturridge was deemed unfit to take a penalty after suffering with cramp in the latter stages of extra time.
Stoke player Adam, 30, who spent a single season at Liverpool in 2011-12, was asked what he thought about the choice of Wembley penalty takers on Radio 5 Live on Monday and said: “Strange. If I’m captain of the club then I’m first up. If I’m supposedly England’s best striker then I’m second up and that’s it.
“You know with characters, different people it’s difficult to say but I know if it was Steven Gerrard he’d have been first up or a Luis Suarez would have been second up, that’s just the way it is. It’s their nature.”
Adam can speak from experience as he took a penalty for Liverpool – and missed – during their shoot-out triumph over Cardiff in the 2012 League Cup final.
The Stoke midfielder has no sympathy for the predicament at Wembley on Sunday of Henderson or Sturridge.
He explained: “Jordan Henderson is a shy character so he maybe feels like he didn’t have to step up but it’s the way it goes.
“For me, I think Sturridge has got to show a little bit more by stepping up. You’ve got to be able to have the bottle to stand up and if you miss then you miss and it’s your own thing.
“That’s the way that it is and you have to deal with the pressure of missing.”