In one of the most dreadful displays of Jurgen Klopp’s three-month reign, Liverpool outlasted Stoke City for 120 minutes and penalties to book their trip to a Wembley final. After falling behind on the stroke of half-time, when Stoke squared the tie, the Reds won 6-5 on pens.
Should Liverpool win their first trophy with Klopp at the helm, this performance will be long forgotten. Silverware has a powerful effect of purging the memory of the hiccups and hijinks that nearly derailed the journey to a cup victory.
A toll was clearly exacted on the side in the aftermath of the circus at Carrow Road at the weekend. The Reds were clearly off and struggling all over the pitch.
With Stoke’s goal clearly offside, Liverpool would have unjustly lost this one, but they did not do much to win it either. Still, they got the result and move on, despite playing rather dreadfully.
Here are four findings from the match.