Barton, Lineker and more: Twitter reacts as Liverpool beat Stoke

Joey Barton and Gary Lineker take to Twitter after Liverpool edge to 1-0 victory over Stoke City in first leg of League Cup semi-final

Liverpool edged a step closer to the League Cup final after Jordon Ibe’s strike secured a 1-0 victory over Stoke City in the first leg of the last-four clash.

Liverpool suffered two injuries blows in the first half at the Britannia Stadium after Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren both suffered suspected hamstring injuries.

However, the Brazilian’s replacement Jordon Ibe made the breakthrough with a close-range effort after good work from Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, and the Reds held on to take a 1-0 lead back to Anfield ahead of the return leg.

Here is a selection of the best Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, in chronological order to Liverpool’s close-fought victory.

Former Liverpool defender Rob Jones is feeling positive about the Reds’s prospects:


An ex-Red is in the stands on Tuesday night:

But Liverpool’s hamstring injuries put a dampener on proceedings for the visitors:

Another injured Liverpool player Joe Gomez celebrates Ibe’s opener:

Some half-time analysis from Neil Mellor:

The Stoke manager’s rain-drenched suit is a half-time talking point, too:

Joey Barton could have a future as a recruiter post football career:

Former Liverpool midfielder Ryan Babel praises the Reds:

The final word of the night goes to Gary Lineker, or should we say, Jurgen Klopp:

Mikel Arteta
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Thomas Tuchel
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Jurgen Klopp
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Romelu Lukaku
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Mikel Arteta
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Kieran Trippier speaks at England media conference (Photo: Sky Sports / Screen grab)
'He has his heart set on a move': Reporter claims Kieran Trippier wants Man United switch
Thomas Tuchel
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Jurgen Klopp
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Romelu Lukaku
Steve Nicol warns Chelsea FC about move to sign Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku
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