Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is “proud” after his side beat Stoke City 1-0 in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at the Britannia Stadium.
Jordon Ibe came on for the injured Philippe Coutinho in the first half and put Klopp’s side ahead after drilling a low shot past Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.
The Reds now go into the second leg at Anfield knowing that if they avoid defeat they will progress to the final at Wembley.
The resilient performance was overshadowed by a string of hamstring injuries with Coutinho and Dejan Lovren being forced off early on in the match, and defender Kolo Toure pulling up late on.
Speaking after the match, Klopp said: “It’s a big shadow over the game for us, the injuries. I don’t know how serious and we have to wait for this.”
“At 1-0 nothing is decided in a tie like this. I was really angry a few days ago but now I’m proud.”
When asked whether he will consider bringing in new signings in the January transfer window, the German said: “In this situation with no centre-backs fit I would say [transfers] is something we could look at.”
Stoke manager Mark Hughes remains positive despite the home defeat, and feels his side can still progress to the final.
Speaking after the game, Hughes said: “Certainly in the first half we found it difficult to play our game, but in the second half we totally dominated, we just needed that break.
“Obviously they had problems with injuries, Lovren went off and they get Lucas in the back four and we make a change as we recognised that, get big men round them and see what happens.
“Were still very much in this tie. We needed to make more clear cut chances and hopefully take one, but it wasn’t to be unfortunately.”