12 January 2017
Nathan Redmond’s first half strike gave Southampton a narrow edge against visitors, Liverpool on Wednesday night at the first leg of the League Cup’s second semi-final tie at St Mary’s Stadium.
The saints who are looking forward to making it to the League Cup final for the first time in 38 years hold a slim 1 – 0 advantage before the second leg comes up in a fortnight.
Liverpool were without Sadio Mane who had left for AFCON dominated the game in the early stage of the first half.
Roberto Firmino almost put the Reds ahead in the 18th minute with a brilliant volley inside the penalty area but was turned away acrobatically by Soton’s Goal keeper, Forster.
Two minutes after Firmino’s attempt, Nathan Redmond took advantage of Ragnar Klavan’s horrible clearance and calmly slipped the ball past goalkeeper Karius to make it 1 – 0. Southampton were left to rue a clutch of misses that might have put them in perfect control ahead of their second leg trip to Anfield.
Liverpool playmaker, Phillipe Coutinho returned as a substitute in the second half after a 6-weeks lay off and will be hoping to make the trip to Old Trafford for Liverpool’s next League tie against Manchester United on Sunday.
The second leg will be played at Anfield on Wednesday, January 25.
The winner of the tie after the second will progress to the final which will be played at Wembley Stadium. The winner will face either Manchester United or Hull City.
United beat Hull City 2 – 0 on Tuesday and will travel to Hull in a fortnight for the second leg.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
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