After a tight match, particularly a cup final, the losing side is always left with many "what ifs?" What if a decision went the other way? What if the keeper made one more save? So on. One of the biggest questions asked on Tuesday night was the one posed by Divock Origi in the form of a header in extra time. The header was what you would hope for: low and fired back across the keeper's body, but the shot was a little too close to Caballero, and the game stayed on level terms until the fateful penalty shootout.
From his introduction in the 80th minute, with the Reds trailing 1-0, Origi was one of the liveliest players for Liverpool. Still, his good work was not enough to avoid eventually falling to Manchester City, and the striker reflected on the pain after the match.
"It's very painful to lose in this way," Origi said, "For me it was my first final. This is a scenario I didn't want to think of before the game.
"Seeing Manchester City lift the trophy was very painful. I'm still young and I still have to learn a lot but I'll come back stronger. This experience makes me hungrier for success."
It was painful for us too! Hopefully that hunger translates into improved league form, or better yet, another final in the Europa League.
"To lose is very disappointing but you have to move on. We have to be positively aggressive for the next games. It's painful but we have to learn from this and move forward.
"We still have the Europa League and we have still have the league. We have to try to stay positive and take the maximum we can from the rest of the season."
Inflicting some revenge on the city of Manchester in the next few weeks would be a good start.