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  1. Liverpool reach League Cup final
  2. Reds beat Stoke 6-5 on penalties
  3. Joe Allen scores winning penalty
  4. Stoke had won second leg 1-0 to force pens

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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Right then, that's it from me. Well done to Liverpool and well played to Stoke.

We'll be back tomorrow for the second semi-final.

Until then, here's Phil McNulty's match report from Anfield.


We were the better team - Hughes

Stoke manager Mark Hughes, speaking to Sky Sports: "I thought we were by far the better team. We were behind in the tie and I'm proud of what the players produced. Nobody gave us a chance - why they would do that I don't know. We've proved for a couple of years that we're a good team. I think Liverpool were delighted to go to penalties and then it's a lottery.

"In terms of a performance, I thought we merited a win. We got a win on paper - goodness knows how long it's been since we won here - but the objective was to get to a Wembley final which we didn't."

In other news... does anyone want to make a January transfer window bid?

Andrew Bulford has tonight been placed on the transfer list. All enquiries please to 07795 024333

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Joel Ike Ikech: Liverpool have won 82.4% of their penalty shootout in history... and that's better than Germany.

Jurgen Klopp's sense of humour is great. He is thanked by the Sky Sports presenter following an interview.

Jurgen's reply?

"You're welcome. But I had to. I got told I had to."

Good honesty.

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Ryan Lloyd: Joe Allen, never shave.

Jurgen Klopp is brilliant. He's incredibly excited in his post-match television interview.

He's been to the Champions League final at Wembley, but you can tell this is special for him.

He's as excitable as a puppy before a walk.

Excellent James Milner spoof tweet...

During the celebrations in the changing room Kolo lost his keys, but after a brief search we found them. It was so funny.

Masters of the spot-kick

Jurgen Klopp reveals he didn't watch the shootout because he was so nervous.

He should not have worried... Liverpool have won 14 of their last 17 penalty shootouts.

'We deserved it'

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was great, the atmosphere was special. It was a good game for my side against a difficult side to play.

"They changed their style today. It was Butland to Crouch so it was difficult to defend. We had a few problems, but they didn't have too many opportunities. 

"Their goal was double offside but, in the end, we had luck in the penalty shootout. Over the whole 120 minutes, the players, crowd and Liverpool deserved it.

"Wembley is a cool place to play football... but we go there to win. It's not much fun to lose."

Party time

Great scenes in the Liverpool dressing room...

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If you want to win a penalty shootout, get a German manager. Congratulations to Liverpool.

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Greg: It kinda helps when Butland aimlessly threw himself the wrong way for 6 of the penalties. Why do keepers do that?

Andrew Craig, in response: Because if they wait, and the pens are good, the keeper can't save them. Shilton discovered that in 1990.

How the penalty shootout unfolded

  • Walters scores (Stoke lead 0-1)
  • Lallana scores (1-1)
  • Crouch saved (1-1)
  • Can hits post (1-1)
  • Whelan scores (1-2)
  • Benteke scores (2-2)
  • Affelay scores (2-3)
  • Firmino scores (3-3)
  • Shaqiri scores (3-4)
  • Milner scores (4-4)
  • Van Ginkel scores (4-5)
  • Lucas scores (5-5)
  • Muniesa saved dived to left (5-5)
  • Allen scores (6-5)

For those wondering, the final is on 28 February at 16:30 GMT. Liverpool will find out tomorrow whether they will be meeting local rivals Everton or Manchester City.

Either way, it's going to be a north west battle.

Anfield is hosting the best party in the UK at this current moment in time. Kenny Dalglish is pictured celebrating in the stands and Jurgen Klopp turns the camera in the direction of Jon Flanagan.

Lots of joyous scenes.

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Ash: Anyone up for a Merseyside derby in the final?


Liverpool reach Capital One Cup final

Joe Allen, speaking to Sky Sports: "I was nervous, there was confusion about who would take the seventh penalty but I picked the right corner and it's electric here now."

Simon Mignolet: "I think we deserved it, we were the better side over the two legs."


Liverpool reach Capital One Cup final

Start booking the trains and hotels, ladies and gentlemen.

One half of Merseyside is on its way to Wembley.

Liverpool celebrate

GOAL - Joe Allen

Liverpool 6-5 Stoke

The Welsh Pirlo steps up and buries his penalty into the top, left-hand corner.

Anfield erupts like a bubbling volcano.

Joe Allen


Liverpool 5-5 Stoke

Simon Mignolet goes to his left, it's at the perfect height and turned round the post.

Marco Muniesa

GOAL - Lucas

Liverpool 5-5 Stoke

Easy. Easy. Easy.

Another one in the corner. High standard this.

Lucas levia

GOAL - Marco van Ginkel

Liverpool 4-5 Stoke

Tekkers. Another one in the corner and out of reach.

Marco van Ginkel

GOAL - James Milner

Liverpool 4-4 Stoke

Into the corner. Boring? Nah... proper penalty that.

James Milner

GOAL - Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool 3-4 Stoke

Guided into the bottom corner, almost laser-like. Composure.

GOAL - Roberto Firmino

Liverpool 3-3 Stoke

Low, in the corner. Next.

Roberto Firmino

GOAL - Ibrahim Afellay

Liverpool 2-3 Stoke

Hammered into the corner. Simon Mignolet got close, and exhales sharply. Pressure.

Ibrahim Afellay

GOAL - Christian Benteke

Liverpool 2-2 Stoke

A cheeky check in his run, the keeper commits, and the big Belgian rolls it into the opposite corner.

Christian Benteke

GOAL - Glenn Whelan

Liverpool 1-2 Stoke

Easy as you like from Glenn Whelan. Like a man nipping out for his morning paper. What pressure?

Glenn Whelan


Liverpool 1-1 Stoke

Emre Can goes for the corner, the keeper guesses right, post!

Back on level terms.

Emre Can


Liverpool 1-1 Stoke

Simon Mignolet guesses right and a low effort is saved.

Peter. Peter. Peter.

Peter Crouch

GOAL - Adam Lallana

Liverpool 1-1 Stoke

High and down the middle. Brave... but it works. 1-1.

Adam Lallana

GOAL - Jon Walters

Liverpool 0-1 Stoke

Perfect. Jon Walters puts it in the corner and out of reach.

Jon Walters

Liverpool 0-1 Stoke (agg 1-1)

The two keepers meet in the middle of the pitch with the referee. It's like a boxing match as they are given instructions. Good luck. Seconds out.

Stoke prepare for penalties

Liverpool 0-1 Stoke (agg 1-1)

Jack Butland wipes the sweat from his forehead with a red towel, while swigging fluids. Simon Mignolet prefers to hit himself in the face.

Each to their own.

Liverpool 0-1 Stoke (agg 1-1)

Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live at Anfield

"Stoke were good in the first half and Liverpool got a little better. It's up to the goalkeepers now."

Liverpool 0-1 Stoke (agg 1-1)

Everyone looks remarkably calm. A few smiles etc as Jurgen Klopp (maybe!) turns on his 4G and emails his list of penalty takers to the ref.

Mark Hughes (maybe!) pulls out an old packet of Woodbine. Ah yes: 1. Bojan, 2. Arnautovic - what do you mean he's gone off?


Liverpool 0-1 Stoke (agg 1-1)

That'll do, lads.

See you at the penalty spot.

Liverpool 0-1 Stoke (agg 1-1)

A Liverpool corner. Sixty seconds left... hammered in by James Milner but Peter Crouch heads clear.

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Pete Nicholson: Oh Stevie G, how much better would I feel about our chances with him on the pitch!