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Review: Southampton beat Liverpool to reach EFL Cup Final

Shane Long

Shane Long scores against Liverpool


23:01 25th January 2017

by Ryan Percival

Southampton beat Liverpool 1-0 in their semi-final second leg at Anfield to secure a 2-0 aggregate victory and a place in the EFL Cup Final.

Nathan Redmond's goal was the difference after the opening encounter on the south coast, and Shane Long struck late at Anfield to seal the Saints' place at Wembley for their first EFL Cup Final since 1979.

The second leg was a game of few chances, but Liverpool had the first when Daniel Sturridge shifted the ball onto his left foot and fired low, only for Fraser Forster to save.

Then the visiting Southampton had two golden opportunities, with Redmond causing havoc down the left.

The lively winger first cut back for Dusan Tadic, who saw his shot smothered by Loris Karius in the Liverpool goal, before Steven Davis fired high over the bar from another Redmond cross.

Jurgen Klopp's men started the second half at a higher tempo and Emre Can almost scored an equaliser on the hour mark.

He powered an effort at goal which Forster got a hand to, but it went past the goalkeeper before he was able to recover and claw the ball off the line, maintaining the Saints' record of not conceding a goal in this year's competition.

In the hope of breaking that backline, Klopp added more firepower to the action by introducing Divock Origi but, as they applied pressure, Southampton hit them on the break.

The ball was worked up the field quickly and eventually into the path of Shane Long, who made no mistake from just inside the box, sending Southampton to Wembley for the EFL Cup Final on 26th February 2017.

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