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Summary

  1. Ibe smashes in from close range
  2. Coutinho and Lovren taken off injured
  3. Klopp seeking first trophy as Liverpool boss
  4. Second leg at Anfield on 26 January
  5. Away goals count double after extra time in second leg

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By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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It rained water and hamstring injuries...

Mark Hughes.
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But Liverpool got the result they came for to put the League Cup final in sight.

The fall out from this will rumble on tomorrow for sure. Finger pointing, what will they do next? January signings? There is many a tangent on which this story will evolve.

not the result we wanted, but still a long way to go in the tie! still in a good position to get through! 👊🏼

For now though, let's not forget about Jordon Ibe - the youngster got a crucial winner.

Who will take the box seat in the other semi-final? Join us tomorrow to find out when we bring you live-text coverage again.

Thanks for your contributions tonight, sleep well.

Ibe and Moreno
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Klopp under scrutiny...

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Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"I’ve seen it at some clubs before. Perhaps it's down to the change in training methods on the training ground. Under Jurgen Klopp they’ll train much harder day in, day out. 

"The amount of medical attention footballers get at football clubs now, and also the physical work which is put in, this shouldn't be happening to footballers. I put the various hamstring injuries down to Klopp’s change in style."

A night of hamstring peril...

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If you are just joining us, Liverpool have sneaked past Stoke in this first leg of the League Cup semi-final but at a price.

Philippe Coutinho seemed to damage his hamstring in the first half and Dejan Lovren hobbled off with what looked like the same problem shortly after. 

That left the Reds with Lucas and Kolo Toure in central defence. They got the job done and both excelled, but Toure too looked hurt in the closing stages.

It appears he just had cramp. Stoke on the other hand will be frustrated. They never got going and have some real work to do in the second leg.

Klopp's responsibility...

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Some more news from Jurgen Klopp's post-match news conference as the German says he takes responsibility for the training and injuries.

We will be writing these up in a quotes piece shortly.

Klopp could go to the market...

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JK: "In this situation with no centre-backs fit I would say [transfers] is something we could look at." #LFC

Liverpool could go to the market then? They may be wishing they moved a day earlier, Charlton signed Roger Johnson yesterday. A chance missed.

An all-Premier League final four...

Stoke v Liverpool; Everton v Man City

The winners of this two-legged final will of course play at Wembley on 28 February against either Manchester City or Everton.

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley took to social media earlier to express his excitement ahead of the first leg at Goodison Park.

His manager - Roberto Martinez - told reporters on Tuesday: "I know for a fact Goodison will be rocking. We have seen our support home and away help the team throughout this competition."

We will be live-texting when Everton take on City on Wednesday night.

Looking forward to the game tomorrow.

Looking forward to the game tomorrow.

Too many fixtures?

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Henry Winter of The Times on BBC Radio 5 live: "There's the physical deterioration but also the managers don't get enough time to spend on the training ground. Either players are recovering or there's a game coming up, so they can't do the tactical works. We are still in the dark ages in preparing."

Is football fitness lagging behind rugby?

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Kevin Kilbane reacts to the two hamstring injuries Liverpool appear to have suffered: "Players are writing down the amount of sleep they get, the quality of it. The way they feel - is it heavy legged?

"Fitness coaches have tried to implement this in football. The problem is that you kind of have a rigid week because of the time frame between games. It's all about recovery, getting your body ready. Maybe in rugby you get a week between games.

"I think particularly at this stage of the season, you will get muscle tissue injuries."

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Manager reaction

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "The only thing we can criticise is our finishing again. We had a good structure, played football good, everything was good but we don't make enough goals.

"The biggest problem for us is we have two and maybe three injured players again.

"Very frustrating. The problem is we had too much injury, when the players come back others are injured. It is a cycle that needs to come out.

"We have no break, no recovery, Players who never had a problem had no problems in pre-season are fine, for all other players it is up and down."

Nine up for Liverpool?

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Liverpool certainly love this competition...

League Cup wins
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Just 90 minutes stands between them and the chance to make it nine League Cup wins.

FA Cup shock on Friday?

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Great result for Liverpool tonight but, with no fit centre-backs, surely Exeter will fancy their chances on Friday? #bbcfootball

Manager reaction

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Jurgen Klopp applauds
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his squad have suffered two "bad injuries" and Kolo Toure's issue is a "cramp".

"It's a strange feeling," Klopp tells Sky Sports. "I'm proud as it was a perfect reaction from the last game.

"You saw it was a special game. A good game, liveky, aggressive. Only 1-0 but of course we have two bad injuries and that's why I'm not only lucky tonight.

"We now have three injured centre-halves and the only fit one got a cramp in the last minute."

Player reaction

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva on Sky Sports: "It was clear we had to change something from West Ham. When we start well we always play well.

"We had some bad luck with injury but kept a clean sheet and scoed ab away goal."

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A look at the stats show Stoke saw a lot more of the ball but in truth, their threat was pretty blunt.

Liverpool must face Arsenal, Manchester United and a trip to Norwich ahead of the second leg. Their run of fixtures starts at Exeter on Friday, a game which will at least afford them an eight-game break when it's complete. Boy do they need it.

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'A different Liverpool'

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Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on BBC Radio 5 live

They were on the back foot when Stoke had the pressure but it was the pressure they put on when they won the ball. I saw a different Liverpool tonight.

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Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at the Britannia

Stoke built up a head of steam but there was an air of desperation about their play all night and Liverpool were the better team.  

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One goal, three injuries. Is this a good or a bad night for #LFC? Reaction: bbc.co.uk/5live #bbcfootball

One goal, three injuries. Is this a good or a bad night for #LFC? Reaction: bbc.co.uk/5live #bbcfootball

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Interestingly, Kevin Kilbane tells BBC Radio 5 live that the three hamstring injuries Liverpool seem to have suffered come down to the change in training practice Jurgen Klopp's appointment will have brought.

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Joey Barton has it covered off for us. Hamstrings, player analysis, Liverpool better without a striker, the full package on offer from the Burnley midfielder.

Wow. Three hammys. Any fitness coaches get your cv's in the post. Liverpool FC, Melwood...

Never got going tonight Stoke. Had to win I felt to get through to Wembley. All to play for but think they lost slight advantage tonight

Thought Lucas was superb at CB for LFC. They look a far better side without a CF.

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Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Juergen Klopp celebrates
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We expected a better game. Liverpool deserved to win the match. In the second half Stoke improved but didn't put Liverpool under any real pressure.

FULL-TIME

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Juergen Klopp celebrates at full-time
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A decent night of entertainment and Liverpool get over the line in what is a very big result for them.

A clean sheet, the resilience Jurgen Klopp called for after defeat at West Ham. The second leg on 26 January will be a tall ask for Stoke now.

CLOSE!

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What a chance... Jonathan Walters races onto Peter Crouch's flick, he's in and can shoot left footed... wide. He dragged it badly. Mark Hughes puts his head in his hands. That was their best opening and it was the last kick... the whistle comes... Liverpool will take a lead to Anfield.

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A wayward header from Marko Arnautovic dribbles wide. Liverpool have 50 seconds to hold on. Kolo Toure has been sent away from his defence, that's how badly he's moving.

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Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"You can clearly see Kolo Toure is struggling."

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Emre Can taps Kolo Toure on the head. He can see his team-mate is struggling.

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Kolo Toure reacts
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Kolo Toure is holding the back of his leg. Not another hamstring gone? That would be a hat-trick of them in one game.

Jurgen Klopp puts his hand to his head, he cannot believe this.

Three minutes of added time.

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Around 90 seconds of normal time remain. This would be a real disappointment for Stoke. An away goal, unable to pounce on Liverpool's array of injuries.

Glen Johnson down the right, Jordon Ibe blocks him, Stoke throw. Marko Arnautovic... reverse ball... goal kick.

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Kolo Toure is often given a sizeable amount of grief but he has offered a great deal tonight. His diving header clears a cross. Stoke go direct, in the ball comes again, palmed for a corner by Simon Mignolet.

Stoke's fans beyond the goal almost beg their team for something but a deflected shot sees an offside flag raised.

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Best I've seen Allen play for Liverpool. Mignolet, beyond stupid timewasting. Typical dirt from Shawcross, sneaky elbow #bbcfootball

#Liverpool high octane approach coupled with the hectic fixtures list in England can only bring more injuries #BBCFootball

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A goal kick is thumped up field by Simon Mignolet and Christian Benteke draws a foul. Philipp Wollscheid used him as a ladder.

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That last moment of bluster from Xherdan Shaqiri is his work finished tonight. Peter Crouch is on against his former employers.

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Xherdan Shaqiri races down the right flank. He leaves Jordon Ibe and Nathaniel Clyne in his wake... brilliant... across comes Kolo Toure and he slides to smother the ball like a corner.

Toure dived for that like a kid spotting money under the sofa.

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Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Maybe bringing on Benteke will free up Firmino and give him a bit more space. Firmino has played well tonight.

Not to be for Stoke?

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Liverpool have had some testing days against Stoke, but this current scoreline falls in line with past meetings. Remember, Liverpool have never lost to Stoke in cup competition.

They also better the league record since 2008...

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#Stoke WILL score. (I've been right before). So #Liverpool need at least a 2nd. #BBCfootball

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Joe Allen of Liverpool is replaced by Christian Benteke
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Christian Benteke is getting ready to appear. As Roberto Firmino smashes a shot over from a long way out the big Belgian is on and it's Joe Allen to make way.

Is that an attacking move? My guess is no, Firmino will drop into midfield leaving Benteke up top.

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Liverpool are that little bit deeper now. The pressing is not as apparent, when it does happen the leg stride of the man in black is tired. 

Joselu has his back to goal and tries to wriggle space.. he shoots... blocked, corner.

In it comes, Joselu again at the back post, he can't stretch and guide the ball back at goal.

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My oh my. On the day Jack Butland was voted under-21 player of the year for the England team he nearly suffers in a moment of slapstick football.

His clearance pings off Roberto Firmino and like an arrow flies back at goal and into his grateful arms.