Klopp hails “special moment”

Jurgen Klopp has finally experienced a famous night at Anfield after Liverpool beat Stoke City on penalties in the League Cup semi-final.

Despite losing the second-leg 1-0 after Marko Arnautovic’s first half goal, the Reds – who had won the first-leg by the same scoreline – eventually triumphed 5-4 in a shootout.

And Klopp, who expressed his disappointment at the atmosphere at Liverpool’s ground during his early months on Merseyside, is savouring the experience.

“It was great, how everyone said it would be. Anfield Road, a semi-final, it was a special moment,” the German said.

“It was really difficult in our situation, we tried to play football, in the first half they got the goal, it was offside and unlucky for us but the team stuck with us and did really well.

“In a penalty shoot-out, you need luck. With all our games over the last month, we deserved it, our crowd deserved it, Liverpool deserved it.”

Klopp is set for yet another new experience when he takes charge of Liverpool for the first time in a final next month.

Liverpool will face either Everton or Manchester City, who clash at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, with the Toffees leading 2-1 on aggregate after the first leg.

“It will be special. We have to wait for the opponent, we can watch and see. It will be special for sure. Wembley is a cool place to play football but it’s only good when you win,” Klopp added.