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Coutinho missed his penalty.

Philippe Coutinho slips down stairs at Wembley after collecting his medal

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Scoring in a cup final at Wembley is probably the dream for millions of people around the world.

Philippe Coutinho achieved that dream when he equalised for Liverpool in the 83rd minute against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday.

He had hauled his side back into a match just as it looked as if it was slipping away from them.

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The Brazilian whipped off his shirt and jumped into the delirious travelling Kop to celebrate his strike. He was a hero.

He was a hero.

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Liverpool v Manchester City - Capital One Cup Final

But this brilliant dream was about to turn into a horrible nightmare for the 23-year-old.

The match went into penalties and the hero became the villain.

Coutinho’s spot-kick was embarrassing. Instead of simply attempting to score past City goalkeeper Willy Caballero he opted for a stuttered run-up, waiting for the Argentinian goalkeeper to dive before placing it in the opposite corner.

But Caballero didn’t dive. He just stared Coutinho out, causing the Liverpool midfielder to tamely strike the penalty for him to make a comfortable save.

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Three spot-kicks later and City were celebrating and Coutinho and his teammates were devastated.

If Coutinho wasn’t feeling bad enough, he had to endure the long walk up Wembley steps to collect his runners-up medal.

If you ask any footballer that has lost in a League Cup final, very few will know, or care, where their runners-up medal is. The losing changing room's bin is probably full of them.

When Coutinho was collecting his unwanted medal, he embarrassed himself for the second time in the space of ten minutes when he went flying on his backside after slipping.

It certainly wasn’t his finest hour.

Of course, people on Twitter were far from sympathetic towards the former Inter Milan man and compared his slip to that of his former captain, Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard slipped in a crucial title clash against Chelsea in April 2014 which saw Demba Ba race through on goal to score in a 2-0 defeat, a loss which ultimately saw them lose out on the title to City.

Liverpool v Chelsea

It really was a roller-coaster day for Coutinho and one that sums up his Liverpool career.

He signed from Inter in January 2013 and impressed in the remaining five months of that Premier League season. He was magnificent in his first full campaign, where his side came inches away from winning their first league title since 1990.

But the highs of that incredible season are long gone and the playmaker has been involved in two disappointing campaigns with the Anfield club since.

Liverpool fans will be hoping their star man can recover from his nightmare day as they try to salvage something from their unsuccessful season. They’re out of the FA Cup and sit ninth in the Premier League, with very little chance of achieving a top four finish.

However, they can still qualify for next year’s elite European competition by winning the Europa League, where they face rival Manchester United in the last-16.

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Philippe Coutinho
Manchester City
Liverpool
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