Liverpool v Stoke: Klopp praises shootout star Joe Allen

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Liverpool v Stoke Klopp praises shootout star Joe Allen

English Premier League (EPL) club Liverpool made their way into the final of the Capital One Cup after winning the penalty shootout against Stoke City. Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen was the hero as he scored the winning spot kick. Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on the Welsh star.

Liverpool lost the second leg of the match 1-0 to finish the tie 1-1 on aggregate. Allen did not start for the Reds. However, the Welshman made his mark as he took Liverpool to the final after scoring the decider, coming on as a substitute.

Klopp will be able to win his first trophy in England if his side manages to garner a victory at Wembley on Feb. 28, 2016. However, the Merseyside club needs to play a much better brand of football. Liverpool garnered a poor display during their 120 minutes showing at Anfield.

“It’s less important that I’m in a first cup final, that’s not important. I’m really happy for my players – they deserved it because so many things happened in these last weeks.” Klopp said, according to ESPN.

Allen has not been a regular started for Liverpool under Klopp. The Welshman scored a late equalizer against Arsenal on Jan. 13, 2016 and also scored against Exeter in the FA Cup replay last week. On a tiring night at Anfield, Allen again stood up by scoring the winning penalty when all the other penalty takers of Liverpool had been exhausted.

“He’s a good character and he did well. He decided in the end the game for us.” Klopp added.

Klopp also stated that he was surprised by the tactics which Stoke delivered. They resembled the old, more direct version of the club than what had been seen of late. Stoke played some attractive football at Anfield and caused the Liverpool defense some major problems.

Liverpool will now host West Ham in the FA Cup match at home on Saturday. Meanwhile, Stoke will travel to face Crystal Palace in the same tournament.

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