Southampton have brightened their chances of making it to the League Cup final after defeating Liverpool 1-0 in their semi-final first leg at St. Mary’s Stadium on Wednesday.
Nathan Redmond netted the only goal of the game in the 20th minute when he latched on to a Jay Rodriguez pass following a defensive error from Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan.
The 22-year old could have helped his side to two or three more goals as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool looked all out of sorts after the first few minutes of the game.
“I should have had four goals today. I didn’t realize how much time I had but I will learn from those mistakes. At least we won and we can take a lead to Anfield,” Redmond said in a post-match interview.
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Liverpool were considered favourites of the two teams to clinch to a spot in the Cup final at Wembley, but have had a pretty poor start to the New Year with no goal scored so far.
But coach Jurgen Klopp has said the second leg which will be played at Anfield in a forthnight will be a completely different game.
“We were in a good shape when we started, but the reaction was not good. Why exactly I will have to look again. The second leg will be a completely different game. Nobody should think it is already decided,” Klopp told reporters after the match.
“They had the biggest chances because we were not compact enough in situations and Loris Karius had to save our life, a deserved win for Southampton but it is only half time.
“In this moment, I am not too happy with the performance after 1-0. We should have been more clear in our passing. It is difficult, we could have done better. Things like this happen,” the former Dortmund boss added.
Nonetheless, Liverpool will have another opportunity to return to glory as they travel to Old Trafford this weekend for a crucial Premier League tie against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.
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