Matt Le Tissier lauded the efforts of Southampton’s players to keep Liverpool out over two games during their 2-0 aggregate semi-final win in the EFL Cup.
Saints won both matches at home and at Anfield by a 1-0 scoreline, as they kept Jürgen Klopp’s side at bay over 180 minutes of football, and Le Tissier felt the shut out on Merseyside was a particularly impressive performance.
“It probably means more for Southampton than it would do for Liverpool to get to that final and I think you could see that in the players’ efforts out there tonight,” he told Sky Sports.
“They gave every single thing they had and there’s some proper heroes out there defensively. Yes, we’ve created a lot of chances over the two legs, and we’ve missed a few, but when you go through the whole tournament without conceding a goal then you’ve got to do that with some good defenders in your side.
“We did it without probably our Player of the Season – Virgil van Dijk – who has barely been mentioned because of the fantastic job that Jack Stephens and Maya Yoshida did in the centre back positions.”
Le Tissier said Stephens should take pride in his performance after being put in to fill the void left by Van Dijk.
“The two centre-backs were just outstanding and the pair of them barely put a foot wrong,” said the Saints legend.
“Jack to do that on just his fourth start, he looked pretty composed, put himself in all the right places and put his body on the line. For a young lad it was a really mature performance from him tonight.
“This is going to do the boy a world of good for his confidence to come to Anfield and keep a clean sheet in the semi-final when all the pressure is on I can just see this boy going from strength to strength on the back of it.”