By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Joe Allen has revealed the confusion in the Liverpool camp before he slotted away the penalty that shot his team to Wembley.

The midfielder stepped up take the seventh spot-kick for the home side in the shoot-out needing to beat Jack Butland to overcome Stoke in a closely-fought League Cup semi-final on Tuesday night.

Second-half substitute Allen nervelessly dispatched his penalty into the corner to clinch a 12th final in the competition for the Merseysiders.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Allen said afterwards: “I was nervous, there was confusion about who would take the seventh penalty but I picked the right corner and it’s electric here now.”

The match went to penalties after a first-half Marko Arnautovic goal for Stoke levelled the scores on aggregate over the two legs of the semi-final.

Emre Can, who took the second of Liverpool’s seven spot-kicks, was the only man to miss for Jurgen Klopp’s team, with Adam Lallana, Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Lucas and Joe Allen confidently putting theirs away.