Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Anfield’s “special atmosphere” as his side sealed a place in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.
On a tense night at Anfield, the Reds were defeated 1-0 on the night as Stoke levelled the game 1-1 on aggregate.
But as the tie went to penalties, midfielder Joe Allen stepped up in sudden death to convert his spot kick into the top corner after Potters defender Marc Muniesa missed the vital spot-kick.
Liverpool have now reached a record 12 League Cup finals and manager Jurgen Klopp is within one game of gaining silverware in his first season as manager.
Speaking after the game, Klopp said: “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.”
Match-winner Joe Allen added after the game: “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.”