The Saints defeated Liverpool 1-0 in the first-leg of the semi-finals of the EFL Cup at St Mary’s stadium on Wednesday to hold the advantage ahead of the second-leg.
The lone goal came thanks to Nathan Redmond who ended his 16-game goal drought with a cool and composed finish from a sublime Jay Rodriguez’s pass.
Liverpool, who undoubtedly played their worst game all season, had no strong grip on the match and were lucky not to lose the match by two or even three goals, thanks to Loris Karius heroic saves and the woodwork.
The opening minutes saw Fraser Forster get tested by Roberto Firmino, but from there on out, it was a glorious Saint’s show all the way to the final whistle. And this display has given Jurgen Klopp more things to worry about ahead of the second-leg tie at Anfield on the 25th of January.
A jubilant Claude Puel, Southampton’s manager, who has been under fire for the saints hot & cold performance in the Premier League so far hailed his players and their superb efforts against a Liverpool whose attacking prowess has been the most-feared in England so far this season.
“Liverpool had just the one chance all game. We were unlucky at the end because we know Liverpool away in the second leg will be very difficult” said Claude Puel.
Jurgen Klopp, on the other hand, took consolation in the fact that his side still has a fighting chance thanks to the 1-0 result.
“The best thing for us is the result. We know that we can play better at Anfield – nothing is decided. We cannot be happy with the performance, Southampton cannot be happy with the result. It could and should have been 2-0, 3-0.”
The second leg will be played at Anfield on January 25.