Liverpool in fi­nal af­ter shootout

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Liverpool won a penalty shootout against Stoke City at An­field to reach the Cap­i­tal One Cup fi­nal as man­ager Jur­gen Klopp en­sured his first sea­son in charge will bring a trip to Wem­b­ley. Marko Ar­nau­tovic scored for Stoke to claw back Liverpool's one-goal ad­van­tage from the first leg - but it was agony for Mark Hughes' side when it came to spot-kicks.

Much-crit­i­cised Liverpool goal­keeper Si­mon Mig­no­let was Liverpool's hero with saves from Peter Crouch and Marc Mu­niesa, al­low­ing sub­sti­tute Joe Allen to step for­ward to se­cure a meet­ing with ei­ther Manch­ester City or neigh­bours Ever­ton at Wem­b­ley on 28 Fe­bru­ary.

A tight en­counter was sent to penal­ties by Ar­nau­tovic's goal, seem­ingly scored from an off­side po­si­tion, in first-half stop­page time.

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