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Summary

  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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  1. Night

    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.

    Night.

  2. 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."

  3. Post update

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

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

  5. Post update

    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.

  7. Post update

    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.

  8. Post update

    Excellent James Milner spoof tweet...

  9. 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.

  10. '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."

  11. Post update

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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.

  13. 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)
  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Post update

    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?

  17. Reaction

    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."

  18. CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

    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
  19. 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