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Klopp pleased with Liverpool’s performance in League Cup final loss

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Liverpool came out on the wrong end of a highly entertaining League Cup final on Sunday, as the Reds fell to Manchester City on penalties.

Despite staying level for 120 minutes, Liverpool couldn’t beat goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who stopped three kicks in the shootout to lead City to the trophy.

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While players and supporters will be bitterly disappointed with the result, it was a very solid the performance as the club came within inches of winning silverware for the first time since 2012.

Speaking after the defeat, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he was pleased with his side’s play and that he thought it was enough to win the match. While they couldn’t pull it out, Klopp believes it is important for his team to “feel” the defeat and to move forward from that feeling.

I am disappointed of course with the end. Pleased with a lot of things I saw in the game.

We tried everything, we scored the goal. We had a big chance with another few situations. It is unlucky but it is one way to lose a cup final.

Manchester City should not have scored their goal, we had to strike back and we did. We played well in a lot of moments. It doesn’t matter what I say now, it won’t change the result.

We all have to feel it now. It is what it is. You can fall but it is how you stand up. We cannot change this game now, we have to carry on and we will carry on.

Wembley has not been kind to Jurgen Klopp, as he is now 0-2 in cup finals at England’s home stadium. His Borussia Dortmund side lost to Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final at Wembley in 2013.

Klopp has no time to dwell on the League Cup loss, with Liverpool taking on Manchester City once again in the Premier League on Wednesday.

League Cup Final preview: Liverpool vs. Man City

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The first trophy of the 2015-16 English football season is on the line this Sunday as Liverpool and Manchester City face off in the League Cup Final.

Liverpool has won a record eight League Cup titles, with their last triumph coming in 2012, while Manchester City has won the trophy three times, most recently in 2014 .

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Many of the players from Man City’s 2014 cup-winning team are still with the club, and they will look at Sunday’s match as an opportunity to win the first of a possible three trophies this season.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini looked past the FA Cup to focus on the Champions League and League Cup, and so far his plan has worked out. City earned a 3-1 away win over Dynamo Kiev in the UCL and will now look to get past Liverpool at Wembley. The Citizens have gotten some good injury news as well, with Wilfried Bony, Jesus Navas, and Eliaquim Mangala all fit to play this weekend.

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Liverpool last won a trophy in 2012 and it was in this competition, defeating Cardiff City in penalties. While the Reds are still alive in the Europa League, Sunday’s final is clearly their best chance to win something in Jurgen Klopp‘s first season at the club.

Klopp will feel confident heading into the final, as Liverpool smashed Manchester City 4-1 in their first Premier League meeting this season. In that match, the duo of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino tore apart the City defense, and their attacking play will be key to Liverpool’s chances on Sunday.

LIVE – Wembley awaits: Liverpool vs. Stoke in League Cup semifinal second leg

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Liverpool host Stoke City on Tuesday (2:45 p.m. ET kick off) at Anfield in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semifinal.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side hold a slender advantage from the first leg as they ran out 1-0 winners at the Britannia Stadium three weeks ago thanks to Jordon Ibe’s goal.

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Both teams have been struggling with injuries defensively as Liverpool’s makeshift defense shipped four goals at Norwich City on Saturday… but somehow found a way to win with Adam Lallana‘s last-gasp goal sealing one of the most memorable games in Premier League history.

As for Stoke, they will be missing both Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron in central defense and have only won two of their last six games in all competitions, plus took a 3-0 battering at Leicester City on Saturday.

Click on the link above to get live score updates as Klopp and Mark Hughes aim to take their team to Wembley and fight for the League Cup trophy in February against either Manchester City or Everton who square off on Wednesday.

League Cup semi preview: Liverpool, Everton look to finish the job

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The second-leg of the League Cup semifinal is upon us, as teams are just one match away from the final at Wembley.

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Both Liverpool and Everton hold aggregate leads after the first leg, but each contest is far from decided as Premier League foes Stoke City and Manchester City will look to turn the tides midweek.

Liverpool vs. Stoke City (Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. ET)
Liverpool leads 1-0 on aggregate

Jordon Ibe’s away goal in the first leg gives Liverpool the advantage heading into Tuesday’s match at Anfield. The Reds dominated a poor Stoke City side in the first meeting but were able to score just once, leaving the door wide open for the Potters. However, Stoke is coming off of a big loss in the Premier League to Leicester and will be forced to play without captain and center-back Ryan Shawcross, who is sidelined with a back injury.

The Reds will look to ride the wave of emotion from this weekend’s thrilling 5-4 win over Norwich City and book a spot at Wembley for the final, giving Jurgen Klopp a shot at a trophy early in his Liverpool career.

Manchester City vs. Everton (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET)
Everton leads 2-1 on aggregate

Manchester City and Everton will meet for the third time in three weeks on Wednesday, with the visiting Toffees holding a slight advantage. First-leg goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ramiro Funes Mori give Everton the aggregate lead, but Jesus Navas was able to score a crucial away goal for City. With the second-leg at the Etihad, a 1-0 win will be enough for the Citizens to reach the final.

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In their recent Premier League meeting, Everton held City scoreless at the Etihad for the first time in nearly a year. However, since that match, Sergio Aguero has scored four goals in two games and will look to stay on target against the Toffees on Wednesday. Trending in the opposite direction, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku was been held off the scoresheet for three straight matches after scoring 12 in 12.

FOLLOW LIVE – Everton take on Man City in League Cup semifinal

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Everton host Manchester City in the Capital One Cup semifinal first leg on Wednesday.

The Toffees will be under pressure to get a win under their belt at Goodison Park ahead of the second leg at the Etihad Stadium.

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Roberto Martinez’s side aren’t in great form as they have won just once in their last seven Premier League outings, while 2013-2014 League Cup winners Manchester City will be full of confidence following their remarkable late comeback win at Watford on Saturday.

In head-to-head meetings City won at Goodison 2-0 earlier this season and have won four of their last five encounter with Everton, while the Toffees have only won three of their last 11 home games in all competitions.

In team news USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard will be rested and Joel Robles will start, while Sergio Aguero is expected to start up front with Wilfried Bony out injured.

Click on the link above to follow the game live, while we will have reaction and analysis from the first leg.