Saints book place at Wembley

Anfield | Wed 25 Jan 8.00PM | Attendance: 52,238
Match Report Highlights

LIV v Saints Match Centre

LIV v Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Shane Long seals a 2-0 aggregate win late on
  • Fraser Forster makes a vital save shortly into the second half
  • Solid first half from Saints who went closest to scoring through Tadić
  • Steven Davis returns to captain the side. Virgil van Dijk misses out

Victory!

Saints are off to Wembley thanks to a fine performance at Anfield, which was sealed by a late goal from Shane Long to add to Nathan Redmond's first leg strike.

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FULL TIME

Liverpool 0-1 Southampton

GOALSCORER 7 Shane Long

Long seals it!

The substitute races on to Josh Sims' pass and finishes emphatically past Karius for 1-0!

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GOOOAL!!!

Shane Long (+2’) | Liverpool 0 1 Southampton

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Vital from Stephens

The defender males a sound block to deny Liverpool in the closing stages

90’

Four minutes added on

Stoppage time allocated by the fourth official.

86’

Liverpool substitution: Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Philippe Coutinho

Another roll of the dice from the hosts

85’

Yoshida clears again

The defender rises to nod away Lallana's cross as Saints clear their lines once more.

83’

Liverpool make another claim

The ball bounces around inside the area and Long clears, with the hosts asking for a penalty again, but once more, nothing given.

79’

Southampton substitution: Josh Sims replaces Nathan Redmond

Final change for the visitors

78’

Liverpool substitution: Divock Origi replaces Emre Can

78’

Coutniho shoots wide

At the end of another lengthy passing move, the Brazilian gets a shot off but it flies wide.

77’

Prolonged possession for Liverpool

The hosts lay siege to the Saints area as they continue to press, but the visitors stand up to the challenge with Yoshida heading clear.

Photo by Matt Watson

Tadić in action

The Saints man continues to search for a way through at Anfield.

71’

Milner makes a claim

The England man looks for a penalty as he collides with Cédric inside the area, but correctly, no penalty given.

70’

Game being stretched further

End-to-end action at Anfield with Saints remaining the more patient of the two teams

66’

Højbjerg leads a breakaway

The Dane starts and finishes a run down the right as he receives Redmond's pass and sees a shot deflected behind.

64’

Coutinho can't connect

Firmino leads the charge down the right for the hosts, but the delivery to Coutinho falls awkwardly for the Brazilian who scuffs it wide.

63’

Sturridge goes close again

The striker gets on the end of Henderson's dangerous delivery, but he can't divert it on target.

59’

Let off for Saints

Emre Can brings a cross down on the right into the path of Sturridge, who from close range, volleys the ball over the bar.

58’

Southampton substitution: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg replaces James Ward-Prowse

57’

Concern for Ward-Prowse

The midfielder has stayed down after going up to try and win a header inside the Liverpool area.

56’

Sturridge heads wide

The striker gets a flicked header on to Emre Can's cross but it goes harmlessly wide of Forster's goal.

54’

Forster does enough

The Saints 'keeper spills a shot but gets back to scramble the ball away with a fine clawed save.

52’

Coutniho goes close

The Brazilian sees his shot from the edge of the area deflected wide.

49’

Saints push again

Ward-Prowse's cross is gathered by Karius under pressure from Redmond.

46’

Early corner from Ward-Prowse

Swirling delivery from the midfielder flashes across the area and narrowly avoids everyone inside the box.

HT

Saints kick-off

The visitors get the game restarted.

HT

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Jay Rodriguez

First change for the visitors at the start of the second half.

HT

Teams return

Both sides take to the field for the start of the second 45 minutes.

First half action

View a selection of images from the first half at Anfield.

HT

Half Time analysis

A pleasing opening 45 minutes for the visitors who have resisted the threat from Liverpool and gone close on a couple of occasions to putting themselves further ahead in the tie.

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HALF TIME

Liverpool 0-0 Southampton.

After one minute of stoppage time, the first half comes to a close.

45’

Ward-Prowse drills one wide

The midfielder takes up the short corner from Tadić and then fires in a low shot which flashes wide of the left post.

42’

Liverpool apply pressure

Controlled spell of possession from the hosts, but the final pass lets them down as the ball runs out of play.

39’

Davis with a chance!

More great work from Redmond carves open an opportunity down the left once more, and this time the ball drops to Davis, but he can't keep his shot down from inside the area.

36’

 Tadić denied

Redmnd does well to get in behind and cuts it back for the Serbian, whose low shot is pounced upon by Karius.

35’

Rodriguez goes close

The striker gets a shot off under pressure from Milner, after a superb pass from Tadić put him through on goal.

Photo by Matt Watson

Davis gets his orders across

The Saints captain has guided the visitors through a solid opening half an hour of the game.

29’

Davis denied

Swift break from Saints down the left sees Redmond play the ball into the area, where Lovren's low header falls to Davis and his low shot is blocked en route to goal.

25’

Stephens intercepts

A vital header away by the young defender as he clears Alexander-Arnold's cros into the six-yard box away.

22’

Saints responding on the break

It's been a solid start for the visitors who have kept Liverpool at bay, and forced a couple of corners at the other end with some quick moves forward.

18’

Firmino takes aim

Attack down the right led by Alexander-Arnols sees the full back find Firmino on the edge of the area, but his low shot is easy for Forster to gather.

16’

Shot from Sturridge

Liverpool win the ball in midfield and Coutinho plays in Sturridge, whose low shot is saved by Forster.

12’

Close from Bertrand

Good overlap again from the Saints full back who takes the pass from Tadić before firing in a cross which goes into the side-netting.

9’

Liverpool look for a way through

Coutinho plays an inviting looking pass out towards Alexander-Arnold on the right side of the area, but the full back can't quite keep the ball in play as he stretched for it.

7’

Strong pressing from Redmond

The Saints man robs Milner of the ball in the final third and continues to drive the visitors forward before the ball runs out of play.

5’

Davis tidies up

Liverpool look to make a break down the right with Matip up from the back, but the Saints skipper gets back to win a goal kick off the Reds defender.

3’

Bertrand and  Tadić link-up early

The Saints duo make tracks down the left side, but  Tadić's pass to Bertrand runs out of play.

Liverpool take kick-off

Daniel Sturridge gets the match under way with Saints attacking the Kop end for the first half.

20.00

Teams are out

Both sides take to the pitch at Anfield, with Saints in their changed strip of black and grey.

19.57

Puel pre-match

The Saints boss spoke with the TV Cameras ahead of kick-off. Hear what he had to say in this clip.

19.53

I HAVE CONFIDENCE IN JACK, IT'S AN EXCITING GAME FOR ALL THE SQUAD. JACK IS A GOOD, INTELLIGENT PLAYER AND HE CAN HAVE A STRONG GAME TONIGHT.

CLAUDE PUEL
SOUTHAMPTON BOSS ON JACK STEPHENS' INCLUSION
19.40

Arrivals

Watch the players make their way into Anfield a little earlier this evening.

19.35

They're here!

The squad has arrived at Anfield and taken a look around the dressing room ahead of kick-off.

19.25

Weekend highlights

Watch the best of the action from Sunday's 3-0 win over Leicester City in the Premier League at St Mary's.

19.07
Photo by Matt Watson

Captain Davo

Steven Davis will lead the team tonight in the week he was named as club captain.

18.59

Liverpool team news confirmed

Starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Henderson, Can, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge.

Subs: Mignolet (GK), Moreno, Lucas, Origi, Klavan, Woodburn, Wijnaldum.

18.55

Southampton team announced

Starting XI: Forster, Cédric, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand, Romeu, Davis (c), Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Tadić, Rodriguez.

Subs: Lewis (GK), Clasie, Long, Højbjerg, Martina, McQueen, Sims.

18.54
Photo by Matt Watson

Inside Anfield

Players and staff will be arriving shortly. Team news is just under half an hour away here at Anfield. 

18.35
Photo by Matt Watson

Romeu hoping for double celebration

Oriol Romeu is looking to extend the good news with a trip to Wembley the day after he extended his stay at St Mary's. Read his thoughts here

17.37
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Stat Pack

Get up to speed with the key stats surrounding tonight's crucial decider at Anfield, here

17.16

Yoshida relishing cup tie

Maya Yoshida can't wait for this evening's game. Hear from the defender before the team travelled up to Merseyside.

16.12
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The Inside Track

Get the lowdown on tonight's opponents with insight from Liverpool Echo reporter James Pearce. Read the piece here.

15.22

WE KNOW THEY ARE FANTASTIC, A GREAT TEAM, WITH GREAT PLAYERS, BUT YOU SAW IN THE FIRST LEG WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO PRODUCE A STRONG GAME AGAINST THEM.

CLAUDE PUEL
SOUTHAMPTON MANAGER
15.18

IT WAS ONLY A 1-0 AND THAT'S NO DIFFERENT FOR US, 0-0 OR 1-0 IS NO DIFFERENT. STILL EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE FOR US.

JÜRGEN KLOPP
LIVERPOOL MANAGER
15.16

Highlights from St Mary's

Watch the best moments from the first leg of this tie where Southampton took a 1-0 lead heading into tonight's match.

14.59

Puel previews Anfield trip

Hear from Saints boss Claude Puel ahead of this evening's EFL Cup semi-final second leg tie.

14.44

In case you mist it!

Watch footage from a misty Staplewood Campus where the Saints squad braved the elements to prepare for this evening's game.

14.01

Sims signs too

Saints Academy graduate Josh Sims also put pen-to-paper on a new deal with the club. Hear what he had to say about that in this clip.

13.51

Romeu commits to Saints

Southampton were given a boost ahead of tonight's tie with midfielder Oriol Romeu signing a new contract with the club. Hear his thoughts on that in the video above.

13.48

It's matchday!

Saints travel to Anfield for this evening's EFL Cup semi-final second leg tie with Liverpool. Get set for the game by watching our preview.

13.34

LIV v Saints Line Ups

Liverpool

1
Loris Karius (GK)
32
Joel Matip
7
James Milner
66
Trent Alexander-Arnold
6
Dejan Lovren
14
Jordan Henderson (C)
23
Emre Can
Divock Origi (78′)
20
Adam Lallana
10
Philippe Coutinho
Georginio Wijnaldum (87′)
11
Roberto Firmino
15
Daniel Sturridge
22
Simon Mignolet
18
Alberto Moreno
27
Divock Origi
17
Ragnar Klavan
58
Ben Woodburn
5
Georginio Wijnaldum
21
Lucas Leiva

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
3
Maya Yoshida
24
Jack Stephens
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
14
Oriol Romeu
16
James Ward-Prowse
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (59′)
8
Steven Davis (C)
11
Dusan Tadic
22
Nathan Redmond
Josh Sims (81′)
9
Jay Rodriguez
Shane Long (45′)
4
Jordy Clasie
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
38
Sam McQueen
39
Josh Sims
7
Shane Long
41
Harry Lewis
15
Cuco Martina

LIV v Saints Match Stats

Liverpool

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    73
    27
  • Shots
    13
    7
  • Shots on target
    3
    2
  • Corners
    8
    4
  • Passes Complete
    610
    173

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Shane Long
Shane Long
Shots On Target
1
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Chances Created
2
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Passes Completed
23
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Tackles
6
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
Clearances
20
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Saves
3
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster