Stoke City won 1-0 on the night, taking the game to extra time since the Reds won 1-0 away in the first leg.
It was a lethargic game as Liverpool failed to get a shot on target in the first half. Marko Arnautovic opened the scoring and leveled the tie on aggregate on the stroke of half-time, tapping home from Bojan’s centre to complete a flowing team move – although the Austrian was in an offside position before soring.
The goal was Stoke’s first shot on target. In the second half Jurgen Klopp took risks, such as removing Kolo Toure and Jordan Henderson for attacking players. He probably wasn’t happy to play another 30 minutes for a fatigued team. Roberto Firmino hit the post from a volley earlier, and that was the home side’s only meaningful attempt, and it did go to extra time.
Neither side could fashion enough of an opportunity to adequately test the respective keepers however, with Simon Mignolet and Jack Butland facing just one shot on target each in the initial 90 minutes.
With Adam Lallana and James Milner asked to provide the creative spark, question marks will be asked. Christian Benteke came on for the last hour, and he used his height but failed to cut through.
Liverpool eventually beat Stoke 6-5 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 on aggregate to secure their place in the Capital One Cup final.
Joe Allen scored the decisive spot kick in the shootout after Peter Crouch and Marc Muniesa missed their penalties, with Emre Can missing his for the Reds.