Nathan Redmond celebrates scoring against Liverpool in the semi-final
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21:58 11th January 2017
by Ryan Percival
Southampton edged Liverpool 1-0 in the first leg of their EFL Cup Semi-Final thanks to a Nathan Redmond goal.
In what was an even contest on the south coast, the Saints winger kept his cool to slot home in the 20th minute and give his side a slender advantage ahead of the second leg at Anfield on 25th January.
Liverpool were comfortable in possession prior to the goal and carved out the first chance when, against his former club, Adam Lallana teed up Roberto Firmino, who saw his effort palmed away by goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
The hosts were immediately on the attack at the other end, though, and found a way through.
Loris Karius denied Redmond at the back post from a cross, but there was nothing the Liverpool goalkeeper could do to keep the ball out when the Saints livewire found himself one-on-one. He kept his cool and slotted under the Reds stopper for 1-0.
Karius and Redmond were back in the thick of things again before the break but this time the goalkeeper came out on top when the winger shot at goal from close range.
Like in the first half, Liverpool enjoyed plenty of the ball after the interval but failed to break Southampton down. Not even instructions on a piece of paper from Jurgen Klopp - delivered onto the pitch to Daniel Sturridge - could inspire them.
There were some nerves in the stadium as the game reached its climax with the Reds applying pressure, but Redmond was only denied his second by the bar after superb work from Shane Long down the left.
The hosts, and Redmond, had to settle for just the one, and the tie is finely balanced ahead of the second leg at Anfield.