Full-time: Liverpool 0-1 Southampton (0-2 on aggregate)

  • Southampton defy Virgil van Dijk absence to seal their first major Wembley final appearance for 14 years with another narrow win over Liverpool at Anfield
  • Shane Long sends the travelling fans into raptures by sealing victory in stoppage time after an incisive counter-attack led by fellow substitute Josh Sims
  • Hosts feel they should have had a penalty just moments before when Divock Origi tumbled under the challenge of Jack Stephens
  • Dusan Tadic and Steven Davis spurned great chances for the Saints to extend their lead before the break
  • Liverpool, who have now won just one of their last seven matches across all competitions, dominate the second half with 73% possession but cannot find a way through a determined rearguard
  • Jurgen Klopp feels his side should have had a penalty for a handball committed by Long
Shane Long

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Goodbye for now.


So Southampton, who have still not conceded a single goal during this season's competition, reach their first League Cup final since 1979. They rode their luck at times during that second half, but it is difficult to say that they didn't deserve it over the two legs.



Southampton reach the EFL Cup final



Liverpool 0-1 Southampton (0-2 on aggregate)


Having been under the cosh for almost the entire second half, Southampton pour forward on the counter in stoppage time and land the killer blow that seals their place at Wembley.

After Liverpool are denied that penalty, the Saints clear a corner. Sims sprints ahead and ends up setting up Long, who takes a touch before shooting coolly beyond Karius.

Epic scenes in the away end behind that goal. The Saints have done it.

Shane Long


Goal: Liverpool 0-1 Southampton (Shane Long)


Origi goes down in the box under the challenge of Origi but Atkinson only points for a corner. Four minutes of added time for Liverpool to find a goal that would send this tie into extra-time.


Wijnaldum replaces Coutinho. Liverpool fail to take advantage of a late corner and somehow do not get another despite Sims clearly turning the ball behind.


Liverpool players and fans alike complain about timewasting as Forster ambles over to take a free-kick. Good work from Long and Hojbjerg down in that corner to keep possession away from the hosts.


A final change from Puel. 19-year-old winger Sims, who penned a new three-and-a-half year contract in midweek, comes on Redmond.


Lallana appeals for handball after hooking a cross off Stephens and the home crowd bay for a spot-kick when Bertrand tries to see the ball away from Sturridge and out to safety. Neither were serious shouts.

Coutinho bends a shot agonisingly wide of the far post and Klopp sends on Divock Origi in place of Can.


A couple more Liverpool crosses come to nothing and Firmino sees a low shot blocked. Milner, knowing he will be flagged offside, allows the ball to go behind for a goal kick.

Southampton need to get their shape back and find an outlet ball. They have absorbed an enormous amount of pressure over the last 20 minutes or so.


The desperate home contingent appeal in vain for a penalty after Milner tumbles during a tangle with Cedric. That was never going to be given.

Davis pops up to clear Liverpool's latest corner with a bullet header. A full-blooded challenge between Milner and Cedric then results in a Forster goal kick.

James Milner


Signs of frustration from Lallana as another Liverpool attack fizzles out. Can slices a pass straight out of play and only serves to increase the growing sense of anxiety around Anfield.



Both teams demonstrate carelessness in midfield. Redmond seizes on a lazy ball from Henderson and sprints forward, setting up substitute Hojbjerg for a hopeful effort that is deflected wide by Lovren.

Can deals with the corner.


Henderson whips in a brilliant cross between Stephens and Bertrand, but a stretching Sturridge can only fire over on the volley.

Firmino then tees up compatriot Coutinho, but he gets his finish all wrong and slices the ball out for a goal kick.

Liverpool are really asking questions of Southampton now. Plenty of time left for them to find that crucial breakthrough.

Daniel Sturridge


Lallana is sporting a cut to his thigh and leaves the field to get it strapped up.

Southampton come forward but Tadic's pass does not quite reach Redmond.


Southampton fail to deal with Milner's cross and Sturridge ends up blazing over from close range. What a chance that was for Liverpool to level the tie.

Klopp tries to rouse the Anfield crowd. 30 minutes left for his team to keep the Wembley dream and his proud semi-final record intact.

Daniel Sturridge


Ward-Prowse's race is run. Hojbjerg takes his place.


Ward-Prowse collides painfully with Long while trying to meet a cross and goes down in need of treatment. Plenty of midfielders on the bench for Southampton.


Fraser Forster, you lucky devil. The towering goalkeeper somehow scrambles back and claws the ball off the line under pressure from Sturridge after allowing Can's swerving shot to get past him.

The crowd waits for Atkinson to signal a goal, but the decision system confirms that the ball did not cross the line. Technology is a wonderful thing, isn't it?


Coutinho looks to test Forster after positive work from Lallana but Davis manages to take the sting out of his shot.


Southampton cause yet more panic in the Liverpool box. The hosts then counter when Stephens gives up possession and Yoshida is forced to block after Lallana, played in by Sturridge, opts to delay his cross.