Cup final bound, Liverpool’s Klopp fired up to make Wembley return

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Jurgen Klopp is going back to Wembley Stadium, this time as Liverpool’s manager, and he’s quite excited about it.

Liverpool outlasted Stoke City in penalty kicks on Tuesday to book a spot in Feb. 28’s League Cup final, sending Klopp back to Wembley as a manager for the first time since his Borussia Dortmund side lost to Bayern Munich in the 2013 UEFA Champions League final.

[ MATCH RECAP: Liverpool 0-1 Stoke City (agg. 1-1; 6-5 PKs) ]

The bespectacled boss lamented that the game even got that far — Marko Arnautovic appeared offside before scoring — but reveled in ensuring the Reds’ first League Cup final appearance since 2012.

From the BBC:

“Their goal was double offside but, in the end, we had luck in the penalty shootout. Over the whole 120 minutes, the players, crowd and Liverpool deserved it.

“Wembley is a cool place to play football… but we go there to win. It’s not much fun to lose.”

Liverpool gets the winner of Everton-Man City, with the Toffees 90 minutes away from making the League Cup final a Merseyside Derby. City has a road goal, but trails 2-1 heading into the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.