Wilfred Ndidi is saddened by his club Leicester City’s ouster from Carabao Cup following a 5-4 penalty defeat to Liverpool in a quarter-final match at Anfield on Wednesday..
The Nigeria midfielder who played in an unfamiliar centre-back position throughout the encounter that ended 3-3 in regulation times, shared his thoughts on his Instagram page on Thursday, hinting at inherent positives in the defeat that will help them in subsequent matches.
“Sad we couldn’t get through, but lots of positives to take through to the next game,” stated the former Genk player.
The Foxes went 2-0 up with Jammie Vardy finding back of the net on nine and 13 minutes,
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled a goal back for Liverpool on 19 minute, James Madison made it 3-1 for the visitors on 33 minutes, while Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino struck on 68 and five minutes into added time, to make it 3-3 at full time.
In the ensuing penalty shootout, Youri Tielemans, James Maddison and Marc Albrighton found the net, a feat matched by James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain for the home side. Luke Thomas, though, was denied by Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher and Naby Keïta gave Liverpool the advantage. Whilst Kelechi Iheanacho, who came on as 56th replacement for Zambia striker, Patson Daka scored his kick, Minamino blazed over, taking it to sudden death. Ryan Bertrand’s spot-kick, however, was saved again by Kelleher, before Jota sent Liverpool into the last four of the competition.
Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers made three changes to the XI which emphatically defeated Newcastle United 10 days earlier, with Ricardo Pereira, Boubakary Soumaré and Jamie Vardy coming in. Captain Kasper Schmeichel, meanwhile, was making his 450th appearance for the club.