Gallery: Penalties provide jubilation for Liverpool and heartbreak for Stoke City

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Liverpool progressed to the final of the League Cup on penalties.

It wasn't the prettiest of games, in fact at some points it was awful, but Liverpool ultimately ended up with the prize of making it through to the League Cup final 6-5 on penalties.

Liverpool actually have Simon Mignolet to thank for two terrific saves in the shoot-out as well as Joe Allen for holding his nerve to score the penalty that sets up a date with either Everton or Manchester City at Wembley at the end of February.

After leading from the first leg by a solitary goal, the Reds were pegged back by Stoke on the stroke of half-time at Anfield thanks to Marko Arnautovic's strike - though replays suggest he should've been flagged offside. Not that the Potters fans in the lower Anfield Road end cared as it looked like pandemonium with their celebrations as it put them firmly back in the tie.

They probably feel they should have won it when Marco Van Ginkel hit the post in extra time as Liverpool didn't really offer much going forward despite the odd spell of pressure. 

The lottery of penalties went Liverpool's way providing jubilant scenes at Anfield, but there was an emotional moment on the Kop after 12 minutes as they paid tribute to Owen McVeigh - an 11-year-old fan who passed away after battling leukemia.

Below is that poignant moment, as well as snaps from last night's action:

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