All-Merseyside League Cup final “will be great for the whole city” – Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes an all-Merseyside League Cup final would be great for the city and accepts it may just provide that little extra motivation.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, January 25, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp thanking fans after 6-6 winning in penalties during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg match against Stoke City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

His side scraped past Stoke 6-5 on penalties after Marko Arnautovic’s first-half offside goal had levelled the two-legged tie 1-1 on aggregate.

With Everton holding a 2-1 lead heading into their second leg at Manchester City on Wednesday there is the prospect for a first Merseyside final for 27 years, although the two teams did meet at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final of 2012 in which Liverpool prevailed.

“I heard about it being the biggest thing but only if you beat them,” said Klopp.

“I have no chance and I cannot have any influence. We will watch the game tomorrow and Man City being a goal down it is possible.

“We take what it is. For sure it is the north of England final and if everything comes together in a good way it is a derby at Wembley.

“That will be great for the whole city. This city will have deserved it because it is a great place for football and how Blues and Reds live together in a normal life is how football should be.

“But if you meet each other you should want to beat each other.

“In a derby do everything that you can do to beat them.

“If the whole of Liverpool goes there it will be good but then we should look at our houses – there will be an empty city.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, January 25, 2016: Liverpool's Lucas Leiva,and Jon Flanagan celebrating the victory after 6-6 winning in penalties during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg match against Stoke City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s performance was less than impressive but Joe Allen’s winning penalty, after goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had saved from Peter Crouch and Marc Muniesa, capped something of a mini-revival for the Wales midfielder.

“We only decided the first five [penalty takers] but he took the ball and he is a good lad,” added Klopp, who did not watch any of the spot-kicks.

“It is not the most easy situation for players when you don’t play from the beginning in matches like this.

“He came in and is a really good character and he decided the game for us.

“I did not see one shot. I was behind the wall of my players so I have to watch it at home.

“In the end we won without me watching, which was good.”

Asked what winning a trophy in London next month would mean Klopp added: “A really good night in London!”

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