Audio: Liverpool players sing Toure song as they revel in penalty shootout triumph
Published 27/01/2016 | 10:25
The night had seen 13 penalties and the time was close to 10.30pm when Joe Allen, an unlikely new hero for the Jurgen Klopp era, stepped up to dispatch the decisive spot-kick in a Capital One Cup semi-final shootout that keeps alive his manager’s hopes of a trophy in his first season.
It was not the great semi-final performance that Klopp might have hoped for to sweep his team to Wembley and in fact, in the mayhem of the celebrations that followed, it was easy to overlook the fact that Mark Hughes’ team won the game but lost the tie.
While Allen was being interviewed on BBC radio, the chants and celebrations from the home dressing room were audible.
Speaking after the game, Allen said: "It's right up there with the best moments I've had in a Liverpool shirt, no matter what happens in the future.
"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't slightly nervous walking up there but I think you get into the zone, this is what we do day-in and day-out.
"There was actually a little bit of confusion about who was going to take the seventh penalty. In the end we settled on it being me.
"We practise them but it is probably something we don't do regularly enough.
"A couple of days ago we did. I just took one and put it in the same corner and that probably made my mind up and that is the reason I went with that pen and thankfully it came off.
"The atmosphere was electric. It's moments like that which is what football is all about.
"It's a big moment not only for me but also for this group."
Liverpool could meet Everton in a Merseyside finale should Roberto Martinez's side come through tonight's semi-final second leg at the Etihad Stadium. They lead 2-1 from the first leg at Goodison Park