Saints boost Wembley hopes

St Mary's Stadium | Wed 11 Jan 7.45PM
Match Report Highlights

Saints v LIV Match Centre

Saints v LIV As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints win 1-0 thanks to Nathan Redmond's strike
  • Redmond almost gets another inside the final ten minutes
  • Liverpool introduce Coutinho to try and turn the game around
  • Intense battle between Van Dijk and Sturridge

First leg lead

Read how Saints took advantage in their EFL Cup semi-final tie with Liverpool in our report.

21.56

FULL TIME

Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

21.36
+4’

Sturridge fires wide

Last chance of the evening from the visitors goes wide of the left post.

+3’

Lovren makes the challenge

The Croat slide sin on Ward-Prowse to deny a break forward.

+3’

Forster collects

The Saints 'keeper pounces on a Liverpool cross and allows some breathing space for the hosts late on.

+2’

Coutinho off target

It's another wayward effort from the visitors, with this one clearing the bar and ending up in the away section of the ground.

90’

Four minutes added on

Time allocated for stoppages at the end of the game.

89’

Loose from Coutinho

The Brazilian tries to split the Saints defence, but his pass rolls harmlessly out of play.

87’

Karius out to clear

The goalkeeper vacates his area to sweep up the threat from Long running in behind

85’

Over from Sturridge

The striker robs Højbjerg of the ball and then blazes a shot well over the crossbar from outside the area

83’

Off the bar!

Substitute Long has an immediate impact as he sprints into the are to tee up Redmond, whose chip comes back off the bar and is cleared by the Liverpool defence.

81’

Liverpool substitution: Divock Origi replaces Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira

81’

Southampton substitution: James Ward-Prowse replaces Steven Davis

Final two changes of the night for the hosts.

81’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Jay Rodriguez

80’

Yellow Card for Jay Rodriguez (Southampton)

78’

Wide from Rodriguez

The striker lets the ball drop in his path outside of the area, but he arrows a strike wide of the left post.

78’

Coutinho blazes over

The substitute collects Clyne's pass in midfield and smashes a rising shot over the crossbar.

72’

Southampton substitution: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg replaces Jordy Clasie

First change for the hosts.

72’

Neat from the hosts again

Great flick from Rodriguez sets Bertrand into the area where the full back's cross is partially cleared. Clasie attempts a follow up but can't connect properly.

66’

Cédric fires wide

The full back races on to Redmond's pass on the right side and carries on into the area for a shot which goes into the side-netting.

65’

Romeu almost finds a gap

The midfielder charges down an attempted clearance and the defelction off Romeu loops up and into the grateful arms of Karius.

64’

Yellow Card for Dušan Tadić (Southampton)

The Serbian goes into the book for dissent

61’

Liverpool substitution: Philippe Coutinho replaces Georginio Wijnaldum

First change of the evening for the visitors.

60’

Firmino goes for goal

A low shot from distance is gathered by Forster

57’

Sturridge looks for spot kick

The striker goes down easily under a challenge from Van Dijk in a battle that continues to rumble on. Correctly no penalty is given.

54’

Van Dijk flies down the left

The skipper takes control to carry the ball down the touchline and into the area, where his cross/shot is gathered by Karius.

53’

Saints on the charge

Rodriguez and Tadić lead the break as the hosts turn up the pressure, but Liverpool manage to clear their lines inside the area.

48’

Tadić takes aim

Steven Davis tees up Dušan Tadić to take a shot at goal forma  free-kick, but his effort is deflected over off James Milner's head.

46’

Match back under way

The visitors resume the action with kick-off.

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Teams back out

Both teams return to the pitch with no changes on either side.

All smiles at the break

A selection of images from the first half of action at St Mary's.

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Half time analysis

Saints lead in the tie thanks to Nathan Redmond's well-taken effort on 20 minutes. It's been a strong opening half for the hosts who deservedly lead at the break.

+1’

HALF TIME

Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

45’

One minute added on

An additional minute for stoppages to be played at the end of the first half.

44’

Redmond denied!

It's a great save from Karius! The Liverpool man springs into action to push away Redmond's goal-bound effort on the line.

42’

Karius makes a save

The Liverpool stopper gathers a Steven Davis cross with a few Saints players rushing in to meet it

39’

Possession based

The visitors are seeing plenty of the ball in midfield, but haven't turned that into clear opportunities so far.

37’

Clasie goes for goal

Jordy Clasie takes aim with a volley from distance after chesting the ball into his own path and firing towards goal, but Karius is behind it.

36’

Neat from Saints

Tadić and Cédric combine well down the right flank before a strong challenge  sees the move break down.

Photo by Matt Watson

Redmond's goal

The moment Nathan Redmond fired Saints in front in the tie.

24’

Forster collects

The Saints 'keeper is quick off his line to thwart an opening for Firmino inside the area.

21’

Fitting tribute

The goal arrives just in time for a minute's applause for Jack Dowding, a 20 year-old Saints supporter who recently passed away.

GOALSCORER 22 Nathan Redmond

Redmond scores!

The frontman keeps his cool one-on-one from Rodriguez's fine pass to open the scoring.

20’

GOOOAL!!!

Nathan Redmond (20’) | Southampton 1 0 Liverpool

19’

So close!

Best opportunity for Saints so far. Redmond denied by a low save from Karius after a swift break forward from the hosts.

17’

Chance for Firmino

The Brazilian receives the nod down from Lallana and fires in a fierce strike which Forster pushes behind for a corner.

16’

Tadić tester for Karius

The Serbian bends in a cross from the right which the Liverpool stopper collects. Saints yet to really work the 'keeper.

14’

Van Dijk-Sturridge battle continues

The key battle so far has centred on the Saints captain keeping the Liverpool frontman quiet

10’

Concern for Van Dijk

The Saints defender takes a knock in a challenge with Sturridge, but is now back in action.

6’

Clyne goes for goal

The former Saints man tries an ambitious shot from range which is blocked inside the hosts' half.

3’

Cédric makes the challenge

The Portuguese defender makes a block on Emre Can at the near post to win a goal kick

Saints take tick-off

The hosts get the game under way at St Mary's.

19.45

Warm ups complete

The Southampton squad are put through their paces ahead of kick-off.

19.44

Teams are out

Saints and Liverpool take to the pitch at St Mary's ahead of kick-off.

19.41

IT'S AN EXCITING GAME AGAINST GREAT PLAYERS. I THINK LIVERPOOL ARE FAVOURITES, BUT WE CAN PRODUCE A GOOD FIRST LEG.

CLAUDE PUEL
MANAGER
19.30

FA Youth Cup update

It's now 1-1 in tonight's FA Youth Cup tie at the DW Stadium. Jonathan Afolabi has drawn Southampton level against Wigan Athletic in the 21st minute.

19.25

Bertrand previews Liverpool clash

Ryan Bertrand looks ahead to tonight's EFL Cup clash with Liverpool at St Mary's.

18.51

Liverpool team news

Starting XI: Karius, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Lucas, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Firmino, Sturridge

Subs: Mignolet (GK), Gomez, Moreno, Stewart, Coutinho, Woodburn, Origi

18.36

Southampton team announced

Starting XI: Forster, Cédric, Yoshida, Van Dijk (c), Bertrand, Romeu, Davis, Clasie, Tadić, Redmond, Rodriguez

Subs: Lewis (GK), Stephens, Long, Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg, McQueen, Sims.

18.36

Players meet the fans

Watch footage of the Saints players and staff meeting supporters before making their way into St Mary's.

18.27

They've arrived!

The Southampton players arrive at St Mary's and head for the home dressing room.

18.23
Photo by Matt Watson

Jordy Clasie stars in SAINTS

Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie features in tonight's issue of SAINTS magazine. Not at the game? Order a copy from saintsmagazines.co.uk

13.59
Photo by Reuters

The Inside Track

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

13.55

Davis discusses cup clash

Southampton midfielder Steven Davis previews the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final tie with Liverpool.

13.51

Saints get ready for Liverpool

Watch footage from training at Staplewood Campus, where the Southampton squad prepared for this evening's contest.

13.48

ARE WE FAVOURITES AGAINST SOUTHAMPTON? WHOEVER SAYS THIS HAS NOT A REAL IDEA ABOUT CUP COMPETITIONS.

JÜRGEN KLOPP
LIVERPOOL MANAGER
13.46

THIS FIRST GAME AT HOME IS VERY IMPORTANT, I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT A GOOD RESULT WILL BE, BUT WE HAVE TO KEEP AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SECOND GAME.

CLAUDE PUEL
SOUTHAMPTON MANAGER
13.45

Puel previews Liverpool tie

Southampton manager Claude Puel gave his thoughts ahead of tonight's EFL Cup semi-final, first leg match at St Mary's.

13.41

Saints v LIV Line Ups

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
3
Maya Yoshida
17
Virgil van Dijk (C)
8
Steven Davis
James Ward-Prowse (82′)
14
Oriol Romeu
4
Jordy Clasie
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (73′)
9
Jay Rodriguez
Shane Long (82′)
11
Dusan Tadic
22
Nathan Redmond
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
38
Sam McQueen
39
Josh Sims
7
Shane Long
41
Harry Lewis
24
Jack Stephens
16
James Ward-Prowse

Liverpool

1
Loris Karius (GK)
7
James Milner (C)
17
Ragnar Klavan
6
Dejan Lovren
2
Nathaniel Clyne
23
Emre Can
5
Georginio Wijnaldum
Philippe Coutinho (61′)
21
Lucas Leiva
20
Adam Lallana
15
Daniel Sturridge
11
Roberto Firmino
Divock Origi (83′)
27
Divock Origi
12
Joseph Gomez
58
Ben Woodburn
22
Simon Mignolet
10
Philippe Coutinho
18
Alberto Moreno
35
Kevin Stewart

Saints v LIV Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Liverpool
  • Possession (%)
    32
    68
  • Shots
    11
    9
  • Shots on target
    5
    2
  • Corners
    2
    5
  • Passes Complete
    226
    583

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond
Shots On Target
3
Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond
Chances Created
3
Steven Davis
Steven Davis
Passes Completed
31
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Tackles
10
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Clearances
13
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Saves
2
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster