Liverpool hosted Southampton in the second leg of their 2017 EFL Cup semifinal on Wednesday night at Anfield. Having lost the first leg 1-0 at St Marys Liverpool were expected to put up a decent show but they failed in opening 45 minutes as Southampton absolutely battered them creating number of easy chances but did not convert any of them leaving door open for Liverpool in next 45 minutes to turn things around.
Liverpool 0-1 Southampton (0-2 Aggregate)
[ EFL Cup Semifinal – Second Leg ]
45′ [ 0 – 0 ] Similar theme to the first leg, Liverpool were outplayed for the first 45 minutes and Southampton should have closed the game off with the chances they created. They absolutely battered Liverpool in opening exchanges but Liverpool do have whole 45 minutes to turn the game around.
89′ [ 0 – 1 ] Shane Long scored late in second half to finally secure Southampton’s final berth at Wembley.
Match Highlights (English)
Jurgen Klopp’s moaning:
Southampton vs Liverpool Preview: Jurgen Klopp’s side has only won 1 game since the turn of the year and that was 1-0 win over Plymouth. Other than that they have failed to win on 5 different occasions and coming into this game on the back of that shattering home defeat against Swansea which pretty much ended their title chances for atleast another year.
Southampton were so good in first leg that they felt disappointed by only winning 1-0, Nathan Redmond was at the heart of the action throughout 90 minutes and grabbed the only goal of the game.
Southampton 1-0 Liverpool Highlights
[ EFL Cup 2017 Semifinals – 1st Leg ]
20′ 1 – 0 Nathan Redmond scored with a beautiful finished after Ragnar Klavan poor finish allowed southampton to create a clear chance and Redmond scored to make it 1-0.
Southampton on the other hand has not lost their ability grind out result even after the departure of Ronald Koeman and they sit 10th in the table with 13 points and win on saturday will take them 8th in the league ahead of Watford.
Match Predictions: Both teams go into this match on the back of very contrasting forms. Southampton can’t buy a win at the moment and Liverpool can not do any wrong if we look at the last 5 games of both teams. Liverpool are slowly getting their full strength squad back fit with Sturridge and Henderson nearing full fitness.
Which means more options for Liverpool. Both sides meet back in October 25 and it was a 1-1 draw where Mane scored a late goal to earn a point for Ronald Koeman. Liverpool players are settling into Klopps system pretty well and they are working hard in both attack and defense and for that reason I am going with a 1-0 win for Liverpool in this one.
Liverpool put up quite a show in first half scoring two goals and playing Southampton out of the park really. Coutinho continue his great run with another cracking effort from outside the box to make it 1-0 for Liveprool. They doubled their lead 5 minute later when a counter attack resulted in Sturridge scored Liverpool’s second of the day. But Southampton came roaring back in second half with goals from Sadio Mane and Pelle completed a 3-2 turnaround leaving Liverpool shell-shocked.
Liverpool took the lead through Coutinho in first half and doubled it minutes later through Sturridge, they had number of chances to add more goals in first half. But Southampton turned things around in second half completely dominated Liverpool.
Sadio Mane started second half with a missed penalty but he made up fro it when scored Southampton first in 64th minute to setup a grand stand finish. Grazioano Pelle scored superb left footer in 84th minute followed Mane’s winner in 85th minute.
Southampton 3-2 Liverpool Highlights
[Premier League, Sunday, 20 March 2016 ]
17′ 0 – 1 Philippe Coutinho
22′ 0 – 2 Daniel Sturridge
50′ missed penalty by Sadio Mane
64′ 1 – 2 Sadio Mane
84′ 2 – 2 Graziano Pelle
85′ 3 – 2 Sadio Mane