Liverpool media round-up: Klopp admits missing shoot-out, hails Flanagan, Shakhtar coach on Teixeira

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning.

It's of little surprise that most of the news surrounding Liverpool this morning is dominated by their progression to the final of the League Cup - even if they did do things the hard way.

Marko Arnautovic's goal was enough to take the game to extra time and penalties where Simon Mignolet twice saved from the spot, and allowed Joe Allen to dispatch the penalty to take the Reds to Wembley. 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted he didn't watch the penalty shootout in the ground, explaining his reasons after the game to the Liverpool Echo: “Usually I want to see but then the first row in the stand said they couldn't see anything and I am tall. I can't be 15 minutes on my knees, I had an ACL 20 years ago and it's still not 100%. I sat on a chair and you could see nothing and it felt good, only watching the crowd.

“At the end we won without me watching, that's good.”

The game saw Jon Flanagan make his first start for the first team in nearly two years and he played 105 minutes for the Reds, winning plaudits from his manager for his efforts. 

Klopp is quoted by the official Liverpool website, saying: “Usually we know it is not the best thing but we had no other chance. We were always in contact with him, always asking. Even when we took him out, he said ‘I could go on’. That was really great.

“We defend differently than Liverpool defended when he last played. He did really great and he was Man of the Match for me.”

Away from their progression to a cup final, the Reds' pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira is bubbling away in the background with their coach saying the Brazilian is worth the 50 million Euros (£38 million) that the Ukrainian are holding out for the 26-year-old.

Mircea Lucescu told FourFourTwo: "He’s incredible, very fast, very good technique.

"I compare him with other players of the same age who changed [the fortunes of] a club, [Angel] Di Maria for example at Paris Saint-Germain.

"Teixeira can be at the same level, better even. He doesn’t get injured, and every year he gets better and better."

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