Liverpool vs Southampton Live Commentary of EFL Cup semi-final second-leg 2017

Liverpool vs Southampton Live Commentary of EFL Cup semi-final second-leg 2017

Ryan White
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So, Southampton are through to their first League Cup final since 1978 thanks to Shane Long's second-half strike at Anfield to secure the victory. The Saints find out their opponents in the final tomorrow night, when Manchester United face Hull City in their second-leg with the Red Devils 2-0 up at the halfway mark of the tie. I've been Ryan White, thanks for following VAVEL UK's commentary, good night.

?Full-time: Liverpool 0-1 Southampton (0-2)

Apologies, meant 1-0 Southampton but they are 2-0 up on aggregate.

?91' The Saints counter-attack Liverpool and Long smashes the ball past Karius, who dives the wrong way

?91' GOAL! Southampton 2-0 (Shane Long)

?90' Four additional minutes

?90' Liverpool want a penalty after Sturridge falls to the ground but they just get the corner

?89' Free kick to the visitors in their defending half

?88' Pressure off Southampton as they get a goal-kick after mounts of Liverpool pressure

?Substitution for Liverpool - Gini Wjinaldum ON, Coutinho OFF

?87' Still all one way at the moment

?83' James Milner struggling after colliding with the advertising hoardings

?82' Eight minutes to go, Southampton are through to the final as it stands

?Substitution for Southampton - ?Josh Sims ON, Nathan Redmond OFF

?80' Lallana sends a ball into the box but Fraser Forster easily collects

?78' Coutinho finds himself space to have a shot from 20 yards out but is well wide of the goal

Liverpool have dominated the last ten minutes

?72' A Liverpool wave of attacks finally ends in a goal-kick for the Saints

?71' Southampton clear the ball as Liverpool win a corner

?68' Liverpool are beginning to pile on the pressure as they search for a goal to equalise on aggregate. Remember it's still 1-0 to Southampton overall

?67' Corner comes to nothing as the hosts regain possession

?66' Hojbjerg's shot wins Southampton a corner after deflecting off a defender

??65' Firmino sends in a low cross to Coutinho but he messes up his shot as the ball strolls out of play for a goal-kick

64' Some clever passing for Liverpool leads to a cross into Daniel Sturridge but the striker can only knock it over Fraser Forster's goal

?62' Adam Lallana is receiving treatment on the sidelines

?60' Daniel Sturridge misses a glorious opportunity for the home side

Substitution - Pierre-Emile Højbjerg ON, James Ward-Prowse OFF

?59' Liverpool are awarded with a corner

?58' Looks like the young midfielder can't continue

??57' James Ward-Prowse picks up an injury and is forced to walk off the pitch, he might come back on though

?57' Emre Can sends a low cross into the box, Sturridge makes contact with his head but it goes miles wide of the target

56' ?Shane Long and Ward-Prowse both go for a header but get in each other's way and the ball goes out for a goal-kick

54' ?Big chance! Forster parries a shot and it looks to be going in but Stephens gets to the ball to clear it off the line

?53' Cedric tries to get a cross in for Southampton but it goes out for a goal-kick

?52' Coutinho has the ball on the edge of the box. He looks for the curler but it takes a deflection and Fraser Forster collects safely

?51' Yoshida is down injured, looks like he took an impact to ribs but he will continue

?50' Liverpool win a corner on the near side with Milner to take

?50' A nervous start for Liverpool in the second-half

?46' A Saints corner everts everyone and goes out for a Liverpool throw-in on the far side

?46' Southampton get the second-half underway....

Substitution? - ?Shane Long ON, Jay Rodriquez OFF

Remember Liverpool need a goal to take the game to extra-time, or two if they want to win it within the 90 minutes.

?Teams are now coming back out for the second-half

Meanwhile, Liverpool are seemingly missing Mane as they lack that final ball.

Alexander-Arnold has had his work cut out with Bertrand and Redmond ripping the young defender to pieces.

What did you make of the first 45 minutes?

?Half-Time: Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

?45' One minute of additional time

?45' Ward-Prowse has the ball at his feet and decides to shoot, narrowly missing to the left.

?44' Southampton win a corner after Emre Can heads it out

?42' Liverpool dominate the ball but a poor ball from Coutinho to a team-mate goes out for a goal-kick

?40' Momentum is building for the Saints

?40' Southampton arguably have just had the best chance of the first-half. Davis has the ball six-yards out but blazes over using his weaker left foot

39' ?Coutinho tries a volley on the edge of the box, which is blocked. The following cross comes to nothing

?37' Southampton becoming an increasing threat down the left-hand side with Ryan Bertrand and Tadic

?36' Great save! Redmond tricks past a number of defenders, lays it off to Tadic inside the six-yard box but Karius matches it superbly

?35' A Liverpool attack comes to nothing when Cousinhood's pass into the box is intercepted

?31' End-to-end football so far....

?29' Southampton skipper Steven Davis gets a shot on the edge of the box, but its blocked by James Milner

?28' The Brazilian delivers but its calmly collected by Forster

?28' Jay Rodriquez pushes a Liverpool player to the floor and the hosts gain a free-kick inside their half. It looks like Coutinho will put this in the box

?25' Alexander-Arnold sends a cross in on the right, it's headed away but Liverpool re-gain possession

The home fans are making plenty of noise!

22' ?Tadic sent it in, but Liverpool start an attack of their own - which eventually comes to nothing

?22' Southampton win a free-kick on the near side

?20' ?The visitors have a free-kick on the far left, Ward-Prowse sends it in and Karius collects it comfortably

19' Firmino's shot from a similar position as Sturridge was is also straight at the goalkeeper

?18' Southampton's attack is halted by Liverpool, and they look to begin an attack themselves

17' ?A Liverpool corner comes to nothing as the Saints gain possession

?16' Daniel Sturridge receives the ball from Coutinho, tries a shot from the edge of the box but is straight at Southampton's Fraser Forster

?15' ?Tadic dribbles past a couple of Liverpool players but can't find a pass and gives away a goal-kick

?14 ' Milner brings down Nathan Redmond and the visitors win a free-kick just inside their half

13' ?A couple of attacks by the home side have been unable to test the defence yet

12' ?Sturridge pulls it back for a Liverpool player. Collected by a Southampton defender, the Saints begin an attack of their own.

A Ryan Bertrand cross is unable to make an impact as Liverpool get a goal-kick

?11' ?The Saints win a free-kick in their own half. Hoofed up field and comfortably collected by Karius in the Liverpool goal

?10' Nathan Redmond has the ball on the edge of the box but can't sought his feet out and gives it to a Liverpool defender

?9' Coutinho picks out Alexander-Arnold who was making a run into the box, but the young defender can't quite meet it as Southampton get a goal-kick

?8' Tadic gets a cross in but there's no one to meet it and Liverpool attempt to start an attack

?7' ?The home fans are in full voice here as Liverpool start to dominate play

?6' ?Lallana has the ball on the edge of the box on the right but his cutback fails to meet a team-mate.

?5' ?Liverpool try to get an attack together but a Saints clearance is blocked by an attacker and the ball goes out for a goal-kick to the away side

?4' ?It looks like the visitors are playing a front three with Jay Rodriquez up top, Tadic on the left and Redmond on the right

?2' The Saints tried to cross it on the far left but the ball just went off for a goal-kick

1' ?Southampton win a throw in on the far side

?0' Liverpool kick us off

You'll Never Walk Alone begins to fill the stadium.

The Kop is looking as impressive as ever for this game tonight.

Who will be going to Wembley?

?Teams are now coming out...

Liverpool and Southampton have met on 104 previous occasions - the home side comfortably edge it with 51 victories. There's been 24 draws and the Saints have 29 wins.

It was a goalless draw at St. Mary's back in November

What happened the last time these two teams met? (excluding the first leg)

?10 minutes before tonight's game gets underway

?20 minutes ?until kick-off this evening....

Then came the draw when both teams found out they'd be facing each other in the EFL Cup semi-final. Southampton dominated the first leg on the south coast and could have easily gone into tonight's encounter with a 3/4 goal lead, but a string of impressive saves kept the score line at 1-0.

At the end of November the fourth round was played. Liverpool hosted Leeds United whilst Southampton travelled to north London for their draw against Arsenal. The Saints caused a shock as they won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium, meanwhile the Reds overcame Garry Monk's Leeds with a comfortable 2-0 victory.

Liverpool had the luxury of playing Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield, and despite a very weakened team by Jurgen Klopp, the Merseysiders went away with a 2-1 victory.

Moving onto the third round; Southampton welcomed another Premier League side to St. Mary's as Sunderland were the visitors towards the end of October. A narrow 1-0 win saw the Saints progress to the next stage of the EFL Cup.

Klopp's men then travelled to Derby County in the second round and were comfortable victors once again with a 3-0 win. Claudio Puel's team hosted Crystal Palace and came away having scored two goals and kept a clean sheet.

Liverpool opened their EFL Cup season with a 5-0 thrashing over Championship side Burton Albion back in August, whilst Southampton received a bye as a result of them competing in Europe.

Let's have a look at how each team got to this stage of the competition.

Just under 40 minutes until kick-off...

?Stat: Liverpool have scored exactly one or two goals in 14 of their last 15 League Cup games at home (within normal time).

?Stat: ?Saints defender Jack Stephens is making just his fourth start for Southampton tonight in the EFL Cup semi-final against Liverpool.

Reports have come out that Liverpool fans delayed the Southampton team coach from entering the stadium, but it looks like the players are inside now.

?Stat: Southampton have scored six goals in this season's EFL Cup - all have been netted by different scorers.

Just 50 minutes until kick-off....

The big news coming out the away camp is that Virgil Van Dijk is not in the team for tonight's EFL Cup semi-final, with reports saying the Dutchman has suffered a long-term injury which may keep him out of action for up to three months.

Remember it's currently 1-0 on aggregate to Southampton from the first leg, thanks to a Nathan Redmond goal to give tonight's visitors the advantage.  Which means all the pressure is on Jurgen Klopp's shoulders as he looks to take Liverpool to Wembley for the second time since being appointed Reds manager.

It seems Steven Davis will wear the armband for Southampton. Meanwhile we think it'll be James Milner who'll be captain for the tonight's hosts.

The Saints' bench: Lewis, Clasie, Long, Martina, Hojbjerg, McQueen, Sims

Southampton XI: Forster, Cedric, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Davis, Tadic, Redmond, Rodriquez

Liverpool say defender Nathaniel Clyne is out with a injury sustained to his ribs.

On the bench for Liverpool: Mignolet, Moreno, Lucas, Origi, Klavan, Woodburn, Wijnaldum

Liverpool XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Henderson, Can, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge

Team news is out....

On Henderson's injury earlier in the week, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said: "It’s [a] different [injury], it’s similar but still different. We know much more from last year about it. We don’t train a lot in this period between the games so instead of running one day, when the players who have played 90 minutes are running for recovery, he’s on the bike - that’s maybe the only difference with what we do with him. The rest is how I said - you don’t use the phrase ‘bite on his teeth’ [grit his teeth]? You know what it means, it’s not the moment to feel nothing, he always feels a little bit, but he can cope with it."

Liverpool are expected to welcome back Philippe Coutinho, who signed a new five-year contract with the club to become their highest-paid player just this morning. The Brazilian missed training on Monday but took full part on Tuesday to put rumours of his unavailability to bed. Otherwise, Nathaniel Clyne could miss out - but midfielder and captain Jordan Henderson is expected to feature despite an ongoing heel problem.

The Southampton boss told his pre-match press conference earlier this week: "If he [Stephens] has to play this game I think he will play with a good spirit and calm and he’s a good player, an international under-21 and now important games and he has quality. I have all my confidence with Jack. It’s not a problem for me. If he has to play he will play with a good spirit and a good mentality."

The Saints of course lost their new captain Virgil Van Dijk to injury against Leicester, and the centre-back is considered doubtful for tonight's clash with his ankle problem. 22-year-old Jack Stephens could step in for him, though Puel insists he'd have no issues with that.

Southampton meanwhile are on the up, having won their last two games after a disappointing festive run. Last time out, they thrashed reigning Premier League champions Leicester City 3-0 on home soil to end a run of four straight defeats. They did suffer one setback however...

Liverpool come into this clash on a disappointing run, winning only one of their six games in all competitions in 2017 so far. Their last run-out saw them beaten on home soil for the first time in over 12 months by lowly Swansea City, but they'll hope to bounce back here tonight. They've recovered from a first-leg deficit in the last four of the League Cup on their past two occasions, in 2000-01 and 2002-03.

We've already witnessed half of this tie between these two teams a fortnight ago, when Nathan Redmond's first-half strike gave the Saints an advantage to take into this second-leg. Claude Puel's men were much the better side that night, keeping the Reds' attacking talents at bay for a second time this season, but can they do so again tonight?

Hello and welcome and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary for Liverpool vs Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg from Anfield. Tonight's clash kicks off at 8pm. Make sure to stay here to keep up-to-date with who will be the first team to book their place in the final of the competition.