By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Jurgen Klopp has revealed he did not watch any of Liverpool’s dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Stoke on Tuesday night.
The Merseysiders defeated the visitors on spot-kicks after the score was locked at 1-1 over the two legs following extra time of the League Cup semi-final.
Joe Allen tucked away the 14th spot-kick to send Anfield wild and propel Liverpool into a record 12th League Cup final and the first of Klopp’s reign.
Klopp had looked relatively relaxed when he addressed the players before the shoot-out but sat in the dugout when the kicks were taking place.
“I was really not in the best shape when the penalty shoot-out started,” the German laughed in a post-match interview with Sky Sports. “I was not able to watch it, to be honest.
“It was very important the players kept their nerves and were strong in their minds, and that’s what they did.”
Klopp had to even check with interviewer Simon Thomas who had scored the winning penalty for Liverpool, and revealed he did not even know that goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had made two outstanding saves during the shoot-out.
The manager said: “I think Joe made the last, is that right? I don’t even know if Simon [Mignolet] saved one or two, or they shot into the stands. I will watch the game again, no problem.”
Liverpool will face the winners of Wednesday night’s semi-final between Everton and Manchester City at Wembley on 28 February.