Video - Klopp guides Liverpool to Wembley after shoot-out win

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Joe Allen is mobbed after his spot kick winner for Liverpool
Joe Allen is mobbed after his spot kick winner for Liverpool

It may not have been pretty, but it was certainly dramatic as Liverpool sealed their place in next month's Capital One Cup final after a penalty shoot-out win against Stoke at Anfield.

On a night when Liverpool's lacklustre side struggled to test Stoke keeper Jack Butland and managed just two shots on target over the course of 120 minutes, Stoke won the game on the night with a Marko Arnautovic goal on the stroke of half-time.

That levelled the scores on aggregate after Liverpool's first leg win at the Britannia Stadium and while Stoke came closest to scoring again, it cam down to the drama of spot kicks to decide who would claim a trip to Wembley.

With the shoot-out tied at 5-5, Stoke defender Marc Muniesa missed the crucial spot-kick for his side and it fell to Joe Allen to keep his cool to fire Liverpool into the final.

"It was great, the atmosphere was special. It was a good game for my side against a difficult side to play," said Liverpool boss Klopp.

"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."

Klopp's glasses were broken amid the excitement of last Saturday's 5-4 win at Norwich and former Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher suggested on Sky Sports that the German would need a new pair for Wembley.

Klopp maintained his unbeaten record in semi-finals in his career, as he added a fifth triumph to his record following four straight wins during his time as Borussia Dortmund boss.

Now Klopp and his Liverpool side can sit back and wait to discover who they will face in the Capital One Cup final, with an all-Merseyside derby possible as Everton take a 2-1 lead into the second leg of their semi-final against Manchester City on Wednesday.