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Capital One Cup Match Day Live: Liverpool vs. Stoke City

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The deciding leg of the Capital One Cup semi-finals are here, kicking off with a match between the Reds and the Potters.

Can Jurgen Klopp get to a cup final in his first season, or will Mark Hughes get the better of him?
Can Jurgen Klopp get to a cup final in his first season, or will Mark Hughes get the better of him?
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Liverpool and Stoke City have seen a convergence in playing style this season, with Mark Hughes and Jurgen Klopp focusing on high-energy attacking play to carry their respective teams forward toward victory. This is a drastic departure from the Potters of a few seasons ago under Tony Pulis, while for Liverpool the approach seems like a return to the exciting displays during Liverpool's title challenge when Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were firing on all cylinders.

The first leg of the League Cup semi-final saw Klopp's Reds emerge victorious on the back of a Jordon Ibe goal, and the Merseyside club will take their 1-goal advantage back to Anfield to try to earn their spot in the final at Wembley. However, the Reds have struggled defensively on multiple occasions throughout the season, so keeping their single goal advantage may be a difficult task, even with the support of the Kop behind them.

Both sides will be hampered by injury heading into this second leg, as Marko Arnautovic, Xherdan Shaqiri, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne are all doubts heading into this one. Who do you think will claim victory today and move on to the Capital One Cup final? Share your pre-match predictions and in-game thoughts in the comments!