Jordon Ibe came off a dais to expostulate home a leader as Liverpool took a large step towards reaching a League Cup final with a 1-0 feat during Stoke City in a initial leg of their last-four tie on Tuesday.
Ibe was summoned into a movement early and a winger dismissed home left-footed in a initial half as Juergen Klopp’s side grabbed a slight though potentially precious advantage brazen of a lapse leg on Jan. 26.
Liverpool’s hopes of a record-extending ninth League Cup pretension were given a unrelenting hearing in a second half as Stoke piled brazen in hunt of an equaliser. However, a temporary counterclaim featuring Lucas Leiva and Kolo Toure stood firm.
The esteem on offer is a place in a final opposite Manchester City or Everton who play a initial leg of their semi-final during Goodison Park on Wednesday.
Klopp’s pleasure during feat was gradual by nonetheless some-more damage anguish as Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren succumbed to hamstring problems in a high-paced initial half, while Toure was limping during a finish.
“It’s a bizarre feeling,” Liverpool’s German manager told Sky Sports. “I’m unapproachable as it was a ideal greeting from a final diversion (a 2-0 better to West Ham United).
“But of march we have dual bad injuries and that’s because I’m not propitious tonight.”
The eight-times winners were pointy and satirical as they pinned Stoke behind in a early stages nonetheless they again looked to be lacking a torpedo instinct in front of goal.
It was surrogate Ibe who pennyless a deadlock for a visitors, putting a finishing hold to a quick opposite conflict after 37 minutes.
Adam Lallana kick a offside trap down a right side and squared for Joe Allen, whose scuffed shot fell into a trail of Ibe who tranquil a round orderly before dispatching his left-footed shot low into a net.
Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino was denied by a last-ditch tackle from Ryan Shawcross, though Stoke did finish a half with their best dual chances as Marko Arnautovic headed far-reaching and former Liverpool fullback Glen Johnson drew a good save from Simon Mignolet.
Stoke brought on striker Jonathan Walters for a second half and piled group brazen though combined few chances from a postulated duration of pressure, until a surrogate pulled an bid far-reaching in blocking time.
At a other end, Liverpool had chastisement appeals incited down when Allen and Nathaniel Clyne were barged over in a box, while Ibe strike a side netting.