N Redmond (20)
So'ton vs Liverpool
EFL Cup Semi
7:45pm Wednesday 11th January
St. Mary's Stadium
HIGHLIGHTS: SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 LIVERPOOL
STATS: SO'TON 1-0 LIVERPOOL
WATCH: BAR DENIES REDMOND
The Southampton fans leave St Mary's in high spirits but things could have been sweeter had Redmond converted this chance...
SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 LIVERPOOL
It's all over at St Mary's and Southampton hold on for victory! How crucial a victory this will prove to be we are yet to find out but Claude Puel's men have the edge ahead of the second leg at Anfield, thanks to Nathan Redmond's first-half strike. Things could have been a hell of a lot better for the Saints though, with Redmond failing to convert three clear chances. Liverpool, a shadow of their usual selves, can have no complaints with the result, they were blow par and can count themselves lucky not to be completely out of the tie.
90+3: Milner cuts onto his right foot and whips the ball into the Southampton area but the ball is allowed to sail all the way through to Forster.
90+2: Liverpool search for a way through the Southampton defence but the hosts stand firm, restricting the visitors to shots from distance as Coutinho blazes high over the target from 25 yards.
90: There will be four minutes of added time. Four minutes for Southampton to secure a lead to take to Anfield. Can they hold on?
89: Liverpool with all the possession now as they look for an equaliser. Coutinho continues to orchestrate in midfield but his attempted through pass towards Milner is over-hit, travelling out for a goal kick.
87: Coutinho slips Milner into space down the left and Liverpool captain's cross deflects off Cedric for a corner. Milner delivers into the area but Southampton help it on it's way away from goal.
83: OFF THE BAR! Liverpool breath a huge sigh of relief as Long bursts in behind their defence, squares to Redmond and the forward's deft chip hits the bar before bouncing down onto the goal line. Southampton so close to putting the tie to bed.
81: SUBS! Double change for Southampton as Shane Long and James Ward-Prowse replace Jay Rodriguez and Steven Davis.
82: SUB! Roberto Firmino makes way for Divock Origi for Liverpool.
80: YELLOW! Rodriguez cynically tugs back on Klavan in midfield and picks up a booking.
WATCH: KLOPP'S NOTE TO STURRIDGE
Whatever Klopp wrote on that note to Sturridge, it would appear the Liverpool striker wasn't too pleased. Either that or he didn't want to carry it around for the whole game.
76: Not something you see everyday but Daniel Sturridge has just trudged to the touchline to pick up a handwritten note from Jurgen Klopp. One can only assume the Liverpool boss doesn't feel as though his message is getting across to his players. I wonder what it says...?
75: Southampton lose possession in midfield but they swarm around Firmino in an instant to prevent the Liverpool counter.
73: SUB! It looks as though Clasie's race is run after he picks up an injury. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg replaces the Dutchman in the Saints midfield.
71: Rodriguez's stunning back-heel plays Bertrand in behind the Liverpool defence but, with team-mates yet to take up a scoring position, he takes an age to cut the ball back, allowing Liverpool to block once he releases the ball.
70: Coutinho pulling strings again for Liverpool in the visitors latest attack but he tries to take on one too many Saints defenders. The hosts win possession and attempt to break, but Lucas impedes Romeu before he can initiate the counter.
67: CHANCE! Southampton hit Liverpool on the counter to devastating effect as Redmond bursts forward and slips Cedric through on goal. The full-back has Rodriguez in support but opts to shoot himself, drilling the ball into the side-netting. Claude Puel has his head in his hands as a another huge chance is spurned by the hosts.
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66: Coutinho's direct approach has an instant impact, with Saints put on the back foot after a purposeful run from the substitute.
65: YELLOW! Dusan Tadic is booked after hauling Clyne to ground.
62: SUB! Liverpool make their first change as Philippe Coutinho returns from a seven-week injury lay-off, replacing Gini Wijnaldum.
60: Nice play from Liverpool as Milner and Lallana combine to present Firmino with an opportunity to shot. He lets fire but he doesn't catch it as he would have wished, drawing Forster into a routine save.
59: Space and a rare sight of goal opens up in front of Lallana, but the Liverpool playmaker drags a shot woefully wide. That just about sums up Liverpool's evening so far.
56: Firmino and Lallana combine on the edge of the Southampton area before slipping Sturridge in behind. Van Dijk is quick across to the Liverpool striker though, muscling him off the ball. Sturridge wants a penalty but the referee is having none of it.
54: Van Dijk marauds past Sturridge down the left, bursting into the area before fizzing a cross straight into Karius' arms. That's certainly got the already stoked home support to their feet, they sense they can get another against this Liverpool side.
53: Saints embark on a blistering counter as Rodriguez holds off four Liverpool players before slip the supporting Tadic into space on the left. However, Rodriguez finds himself outnumbered in the area and is unable to get on the end of Tadic's cross.
51: Southampton come forward on the attack after Lallana gives possession away cheaply around halfway. Tadic carries the ball towards goal and looks to have drawn a foul off Milner but, to the hosts' disadvantage, the referee's advantage results in Liverpool regaining possession.
49: Tadic drops the corner right on top of Karius who, rather unconvincingly, punches the ball out for another corner. Somehow the officials miss the goalkeeper's touch and Liverpool are awarded a goal kick.
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48: Davis rolls the resulting free-kick into the path of Tadic, who lashes a fierce drive towards goal. It takes a nick off a Liverpool defender and goes out for a corner.
47: Lovely one-touch play from Southampton to release Cedric into space behind Milner. It's a straight foot race which the Portuguese wins, drawing a foul off the Liverpool captain.
KICK-OFF! We're back underway at St. Mary's!
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WATCH: KARIUS DENIES REDMOND
Southampton lead at half-time but things could have been twice as good for the hosts had Redmond been more accurate with this glorious chance. Take nothing away from Karius, though, this is a save to behold...
The referee calls time on a first half that has belonged to the hosts. Southampton lead thanks to Nathan Redmond's 20th-minute strike but, in all fairness, he could have had a hat-trick had it not been for Reds stopper Loris Karius. Liverpool, perhaps with an eye on Sunday's trip to Manchester United, have been lethargic, they'll have to address that to prevent Saints from taking a healthy lead into the second leg at Anfield.
45: There will be one minute of added time played at St Mary's.
43: CHANCE! Karius to the rescue for Liverpool! Southampton should be two in front. The move starts with Bertrand waltzing his way into the area before laying the ball off to Tadic, whose cut back finds Redmond in acres of space at the far post. Redmond looks certain to double his tally but Karius pulls off a fine stop. It's close to the 'keeper but it's still a save of real quality.
42: Southampton asking questions of the Liverpool back line as Cedric and Clasie whip teasing balls into the area, the latest of which sees Karius command his area by gathering.
39: Jurgen Klopp cutting a frustrated figure on the touchline as Liverpool's latest attack fails to yield a chance, with Firmino overrunning the ball out of play.
36: CLOSE! Nice play from Redmond and Bertrand down the left presents Rodriguez with the ball on the edge of the Liverpool area, with the striker then seeing a shot deflect out for a corner.
33: Cedric and Lucas come to blows again, with the Liverpool midfielder flying into a challenge on the edge of his area. Southampton appeal for a free-kick but the referee claims he got the ball, and replays support his decision.
31: NO PENALTY! Liverpool appeal for a penalty after Cedric and Lucas tangle in the build up to Milner's free-kick, but referee Swarbrick is unmoved.
30: Clasie catches Clyne with a late challenge in midfield but Liverpool are unable to create anything with the resulting set piece, which Milner sends through the Saints area without finding a team-mate.
WATCH: REDMOND RIFLES OPENER
It's not a moment Ragnar Klavan will look back on fondly, but here's Redmond's opener...
26: Lovely play from Liverpool as they seek a route back into the game. Lallana shows great footwork in tight confines to slip Milner in behind the Saints defence, with the full-back's cross then turned out for a corner, which comes to nothing.
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GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 LIVERPOOL (Redmond 20)
Redmond makes no mistake this time around as Southampton draw first blood! Rodriguez pounces on an awful error from Klavan to play the winger through on goal and he holds his nerve, drilling the ball low to Karius' right. Appeals for offside from the Liverpool defenders but their claims fall on deaf ears as St. Mary's erupts.