Full-time: Stoke 0-1 Liverpool

  • Jordon Ibe comes off the bench to score a first-half winner for the visitors following Adam Lallana's cross
  • Liverpool impress but endure another costly night of injuries as Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren both limp off with hamstring problems
  • Kolo Toure also looked to be struggling with injury late in the second half
  • Stoke will travel to Anfield for the second leg on 26 January needing to overturn a one-goal deficit
Jordon Ibe
Substitute Jordon Ibe netted the winner for Liverpool on a costly night of injuries for Jurgen Klopp Getty

That is all from this live blog, but stay tuned to IBTimes UK for post-match reaction. We will also be back tomorrow night to bring you live coverage of the other Capital One Cup semi-final tie between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park.

Until then, goodnight.


So substitute Ibe's first-half strike is enough to give Liverpool a slender advantage. After a disappointing early showing Stoke improved after the break but could not exploit Klopp's multitude of injury worries.

The German's strong opinions on a lack of a winter break in English football are sure to be voiced once again this week after Coutinho, Lovren and potentially Toure all suffered from hamstring injuries.

The second leg at Anfield takes place on Tuesday 26 January, but next the FA Cup will take priority for both of these sides as Stoke face Doncaster and Liverpool travel to League Two side Exeter.



Stoke 0-1 Liverpool


Stoke loft the ball forward in desperation. Crouch wins a slight flick-on to release Walters, but he drags his shot wide. That should do it.


Walters heads wide and it looks like Stoke will travel to Anfield for the second leg on 26 January trailing by a goal to nil.


With Skrtel, Sakho and Lovren all out, Toure is currently Liverpool's only fit centre-back. Unbelievably, he is also now grimacing and holding his hamstring as he shepherds Arnautovic's pass towards Joselu out of play.

Three minutes of added time to play.


Assertive goalkeeping from Mignolet to punch the ball wide after Afellay tries to find the head of Crouch. Toure and Can then work hard to clear their lines from the resulting corner.

Committed defending.


There is certainly no doubt over Stoke's approach in the dying stages of this match with the diminutive Shaqiri replaced by someone of Crouch's stature. Liverpool are not allowing any aerial balls into their box at present.


With just eight minutes plus stoppage time remaining, Hughes throws the dice for one final time as the towering figure of Peter Crouch jogs on. Shaqiri is the man to make way.


Almost costly from Ibe as he loses possession down Liverpool's left-hand side. Shaqiri needs no invitation to burst forward and he beats Lucas before an attempted cross is blocked by Toure. The Swiss international then disappointingly puts a corner into the side netting.


Just moments after taking an elbow to the face from Shawcross, Firmino tries his luck once more but again his shot is wide.

A third and final substitution from Klopp sees Benteke sent on in place of the impressive Allen.


Close for Stoke as Arnautovic dummies a low pass and Joselu's shot deflects off Clyne and forces Mignolet to palm over the crossbar. The Spanish striker then tries to turn home the corner at the back post but his volley is sent wide.


A very nervy moment for Butland as he thumps Shawcross' backpass straight into Firmino. Luckily he is able to collect the rebound without it flying over his head.


Mignolet has been dithering over his goal kicks with Liverpool leading. To the delight of the home supporters, his latest bout of not-so-subtle timewasting earns him a yellow card.


A second change from Hughes as Joselu replaces Bojan. Stoke are intent on finding this equaliser with 20 minutes of the first leg remaining.


A chance at either end as Ibe exchanges passes with Firmino before driving a low effort into the side netting from close range. Shawcross then looks to exploit a mismatch with Clyne from Walters' inviting cross, but his header flies over.


Liverpool have had two penalty shouts in the last five minutes, one for an apparent Whelan trip on Allen and the second for Arnautovic's coming together with Clyne. Referee Taylor looks to have made the right decision on both counts.


Liverpool pass the ball around patiently on the edge of the Stoke penalty area. Instead of playing in Nathaniel Clyne on the overlap, Firmino then cuts inside and hits a shot wide of Butland's left-hand post.


Stoke are monopolising possession now, but Liverpool almost break clear due to some robust tackling from Lucas. The makeshift centre-back continues his run forward but compatriot Firmino's return pass is cut out.


Apologies for the lack of updates over the last few minutes. We appear to be having one or two technical hiccups here at IBT Towers.


Stoke are really growing into this game now. Far more confidence and attacking impetus on display from the home side.


By shoving Walters in the back, Toure gives away a needless free-kick that causes real problems for Liverpool, but Milner gets down well to block Milner's low drive.

Whelan wants a penalty for what he feels was a foul on him by Moreno as he tried to shoot, but Taylor doesn't oblige.


Impressive play from Allen and Coutinho to free Firmino. Shawcross fails to intercept, but Johnson is on hand to block.


The first shot in anger of the second 45 comes from Emre Can, but his effort is far too high to worry Butland.