City had been taken to extra time after Philippe Coutinho cancelled out Fernandinho’s opener.
But it was City who held their nerve in the shootout after missing their opening kick, with midfielder Yaya Toure scoring the victor.
For Pellegrini, his much-criticised decision in fielding a second-string team in last week’s FA Cup hammering at Chelsea looks fully justified after a 3-1 win at Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League in midweek and now victory over Liverpool.
“We deserved to win the game, we missed chances”. City edged past Liverpool in the penalty shoot-out to clinch the Capital One Cup at Wembley after regulation time dished out 1-1 draw.
“I prefer to lose a title than to lose my word, so Willy Caballero played tonight”.
Klopp, who was forced into an early defensive reshuffle as Mamadou Sakho suffered a head injury, also defended his penalty takers and explained that Daniel Sturridge could not be amongst the five players selected.
Pellegrini said he hoped that the League Cup win would spur success in the Premiership and Champions League in his final season at the club. Only silly idiots stay on the floor and wait for the next defeat to come along and we will strike back, 100 per cent.
But he will not spend time dwelling on either the good or the bad as Liverpool must soon face Manuel Pellegrini’s side again, at Anfield on Wednesday, giving them an instant chance to respond. It is important for the trust of team in the way we we are working.
“We have to play for another 36 points yet so we are not going to give up”. Coutinho equalised inside the final 10 minutes as he drilled home the rebound after substitute Lallana’s shot from a Daniel Sturridge cross struck the post. My word is more important than football…
“We feel down but now we have to stand up”, he declared. Happy to win a title in February. We shouldn’t have conceded the goal we did. With these changes, we changed something in the game – we were really in the game, controlled the game, had good direction and stayed patient.