Kevin Kilbane runs rule over ‘different’ Liverpool

Kevin Kilbane says Liverpool were much-improved in a 1-0 victory over Stoke City after last weekend's 2-0 loss at West Ham

Kevin Kilbane says Liverpool were a different side in their League Cup semi-final clash on Wednesday night to the one that suffered a resounding loss at West Ham..

The Reds moved a step closer to the League Cup final thanks to a 1-0 victory over Stoke City in the first leg of their semi-final clash at the Britannia Stadium.

Jordon Ibe came off the bench to score a first-half winner for Jurgen Klopp’s side to help the Reds make amends for their poor Premier League performance at Upton Park.

Former Republic of Ireland international Kilbane was surprised by Liverpool’s marked improvement against Stoke in the League Cup.

Kilbane told BBC Sport: “They were on the back foot when Stoke had the pressure but it was the pressure they put on when they won the ball. I saw a different Liverpool tonight.”

“We expected a better game. Liverpool deserved to win the match. In the second half Stoke improved but didn’t put Liverpool under any real pressure.,” Kilbane added.

Liverpool host Stoke in the return leg of their semi-final clash on 26 February.

The Reds are in eighth place in the Premier League table and 12 points behind current leaders Arsenal.

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The Reds make the trip to Exeter City in the third round of the FA Cup on Friday night.

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