Advantage Liverpool in the League Cup Semi-final

by | Jan 5, 2016

If to prove that form guides have all the practical value of horoscopes this season, Liverpool won this evening’s League Cup semi-final by a goal to nil against Stoke City at The Britannia Stadium. A first half goal from Jordan Ibe and some stout defending from a makeshift back line of┬áKolo Toure and Lucas in the second half was enough to give Liverpool a healthy advantage ahead of the second leg at Anfield. We may presume that the three words proffered to his team by Jurgen Klopp after last Saturday’s anaemic performance in the Premier League at West Ham United had some effect on the players. Current bookmakers’ favourites as to what these words were are “Not”, “Good”, and “Enough.”

Ibe’s goal had a touch of good fortune about it, as he only received the ball after Joe Allen had swung somewhat wildly at it, so wildly that it worked out quite handily for Ibe to place the ball past the Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland. Stoke had the look of a team a little blindsided by nerves in the first half, but they recovered well in the second half, though most will now expect Liverpool to make it to Wembley for the final now, although such is the inconsistency of the current Liverpool team that nothing is to be likely to be taken for granted until after the final whistle blows in the return match.

The first leg of the other semi-final match between Everton and Manchester City takes place at Goodison Park tomorrow night.

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