Klopp: Liverpool will win final after beating ‘old Stoke’

Date published: Wednesday 27th January 2016 10:02

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Jurgen Klopp has promised that Liverpool will win the Capital One Cup after beating Stoke on penalties to reach the final.

The Reds triumphed 6-5 in a penalty shootout after Stoke had recovered a first-leg deficit by winning 1-0 at Anfield.

Klopp’s side will meet either Manchester City or Everton, who clash in their second leg on Wednesday night, with the Toffees taking a 2-1 lead to the Etihad.

But the Liverpool boss is so confident of victory, he doesn’t care who his side will face at Wembley on February 28.

“Manchester City or Everton, I don’t care, we will win the cup,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“[Liverpool] is a wonderful city and they deserve it.

“We have been here for four months now and I can only say the best about Liverpool. It’s great to live here and live in the surroundings to meet people – even when you meet Everton fans!

“Maybe I shouldn’t say this, but everyone up until now has been very friendly – they like that I’m here as we don’t have much success.

“If we meet each other then for Liverpool it is a great final and for us very important.”

Liverpool struggled against the Potters on Tuesday night, with Marco Arnautovic’s strike just before half-time taking the tie to extra-time and penalties.

Klopp admits it was a tough night, with Mark Hughes’ side reverting to “old Stoke football”.

The German said: “That was a special game.

“It was a real good game from my side against a very difficult opponent, who changed their style to play old Stoke football – Butland to Crouch and then the game starts. They made it very difficult to defend, so we had a few problems, although they didn’t have too many opportunities.

“IN the first-half we should have played football much more. They got the goal and I think everybody knows it was offside – it was unlucky for us. But you need luck in a penalty shootout and we got it.

“Over the two legs, with all the games the players have had in the last two months, they deserved it. The fans deserved it. Liverpool deserved it. It’s a great moment for us. It was hard work but it was never easy to get to a final – I take this game as difficult but deserved.”

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