Liverpool -V- Stoke City

Liverpool face Stoke City at Anfield on Tuesday night in the Capital One Cup Semi Final. The Reds won the first leg at the Britannia Stadium, 1-0. Jordon Ibe with the only goal.

Liverpool were involved in a nine goal thriller against Norwich City on Saturday afternoon. Liverpool fought hard and got all three points, after Adam Lallana’s late strike gave Liverpool a 5-4 win.

Roberto Firmino is on top form, and scored two goals again on Saturday. The Brazilian forward has been outstanding in recent weeks and looks set to lead the line again on Tuesday night against Stoke.

Jordan Henderson and James Milner were  also on the scoresheet against Norwich.

Team news for Liverpool:

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is close to full fitness after a 3 week absence, but is unlikely to start.

Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho are both set to start at centre-back.

Martin Skrtel and Philippe Coutinho remain sidelined with a hamstring injury. Origi and Ings also remain sidelined.

Defender Nathaniel Clyne didn’t train with the team on Monday after he picked up a knee injury during Liverpool’s 5-4 win at Norwich on Saturday, he is a doubt for the game. Jürgen Klopp has admitted that young Jon Flanagan could return to the starting line-up after his lengthy lay off.

Opta stats:

Stoke have never beaten Liverpool in six attempts in the League Cup, drawing one and losing five.

Liverpool have never lost a League Cup semi-final leg at Anfield. (W8, D7).

Stoke City have not won at Anfield in any competition since March 1959, going 36 visits without a victory.

Jordon Ibe has scored two goals in the last two League Cup appearances.

Roberto Firmino has scored four goals in three games.

With a slim 1-0 advantage, I think Liverpool will have enough quality to win the game and progress into the final of the Capital One Cup. Jürgen Klopp and his side will be looking to get to Wembley and win some silverware this season.

It would be a massive confidence booster if the Reds can win on Tuesday night. Liverpool will face either Manchester City or next door neighbours Everton. I’d personally love to see a Merseyside Derby Final at Wembley.

Jürgen Klopp has never lost a semi-final as a manager.

I expect Klopp to start with a strong and experienced side against Stoke, although, I think he’ll make a few changes on Saturday against West Ham in the F.A Cup fifth round.

My predicted lineup: Mignolet, Flanagan, Toure, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Henderson, Milner, Ibe, Firmino.

My prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Stoke.

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