English League Cup: Liverpool takes a step ahead of Stoke
Liverpool, domineering, was resumed by winning (1-0) Tuesday in Stoke semi-final of the League Cup,which places it in an advantageous position before the return in 15 days.
Defeated by West Ham on January 1 (2-0), the Reds, who occupy an unworthy 8th in championship, so can always hope clinch their ninth coronation in trial and their first title since the one obtained in 2012 in the same competition .
The mixed team of JŁrgen Klopp has yet been no need to engage fully to bring a valuable victory Britannia Stadium. By the 37th minute, Ibe, who had a very active input concretized domination Reds.
This is however not a perfect evening for their coach since Coutinho (19) and Lovren (34) before that were quickly out through injury. The German, whose clinic is always full now, has even held the lead when Toure is in turn held the groin when he had already made three changes …
Just like involuntary deviation of decisive passer Allen, the domination of the team has also long been messy. Firmino with faux N.9 to the entrance of Benteke (79), the Reds, unfortunately too often as of late, however, have not been able to take shelter.
The Potters, authors of several good sequence in the second period, however, were able to enjoy and it is finally the right side Johnson, a former Anfield, who proved the more enterprising with its centers to Arnautovic or Shaqiri , or a sharp forcing a fine save Mignolet (45).
Shots team who has had skin Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs this season in the league, the formation of Mark Hughes, 10th in the Premier League, so will have to make a new exploit Jan. 26 if it is to play his first final since its unique coronation in 1972.
For this, it will therefore finally beat Liverpool for the first time in 116 years of opposition in national cups.
Having already released two residents of the elite, Bournemouth and Southampton, the Reds, despite their current difficulties, they can quietly watch Wednesday the other semi-final between Manchester City and Everton, why not dreaming of a new derby against the Toffees in the final, 28 February.