COC: Klopp Fails to Watch Liverpool Penalties

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he did not see any of the penalty shootout against Stoke City that took his side to Wembley for the Capital One Cup final – but has set his sights on lifting his first trophy since arriving at Anfield.

The Reds triumphed 6-5 on penalties after Stoke won 1-0 over 120 minutes – courtesy of Marko Arnautovic’s goal from an apparently offside position just before half-time – to claw back a semi-final first-leg deficit.

However, Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet made decisive saves from Peter Crouch and Marc Muniesa in the spot-kicks.

Klopp said: “I didn’t see one shot. I was behind the wall of my players so I had to watch it from there. I will watch it on television at home but it was good watching the crowd instead.”

Liverpool will face Manchester City or Merseyside neighbours Everton in the final on 28 February, and Klopp said: “It is very important. I saw that in the faces of my players.

“Being in the final is good but the important thing is to win. Their goal was double offside but we got some luck in the penalties.

“Now we will watch the game between Everton and Manchester City. It will be a north of England final. Wembley is a cool place to play football but we go there to win – it’s not much fun to lose.”

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