Vital Football

Latest Liverpool FC News

Liverpool: Off-Colour Reds Trail Southampton

Liverpool: Off-Colour Reds Trail Southampton

Liverpool are 1-0 down at the half way stage of their EFL Cup semi-final but manager Jürgen Klopp remains bullish...

Liverpool have it all to do if they are to reach their 13th League Cup final after turning in a poor semi-final first leg performance at Southampton on Wednesday night.

Following their frustrating scoreless draw with Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup on Sunday, a far stronger Reds line-up again drew a blank as Jürgen Klopp's men failed to find the net in successive matches for the first time in almost a year.

Nathan Redmond scored the only goal of the evening in the 20th minute, following a mistake from Ragnar Klavan, but fortunately for the visitors the winger also missed a couple of other presentable openings.

For all their possession and constant probing, the Merseysiders will ultimately be relieved that the Saints won't be arriving at Anfield in a fortnight's time with a far bigger buffer.

Much of that was down to the previously maligned Loris Karius, who made a string of fine saves in the Liverpool goal.

By contrast, opposite number Fraser Forster remained relatively untested, bar a decent diving stop to deny Roberto Firmino early on.

The only other bright point for Klopp on a cold night on the South Coast was the return from injury of Philippe Coutinho; the Brazilian playing the final 29 minutes after six weeks on the sidelines.

Assessing the encounter and the tie's state of play at his post-match press conference, the German remarked: "The start was good - the start was really good. If we played like this for 90 minutes, then it would have been very difficult for Southampton to cope with it.

"But after, we conceded one goal and obviously the game changed. Even if I would try to explain it, it's not easy because I'm not actually used to a reaction like this from my boys.

"But we have to accept it, tonight it was not good. We were again dominant second half, all that stuff, they had one or two counter-attacks that's how it is, it's not a big problem. We had to defend then with passion, which we did, but we had not a lot of chances.

"We had a lot of moments in and around the box where we could have had a chance but we didn't make anything of it and that was the situation.

"The performance, of course, doesn't feel good, but for the final I would think it's still open. In this moment, two disappointed managers after the game: one because he lost and one because they only won 1-0 and have to go to Anfield afterwards.

"We will strike back, we will be a different team, a different side, everything will be different at Anfield. So, for us, it's still possible to go to Wembley, and that's the target."

Ahead of the second leg Liverpool have two Premier League fixtures and an FA Cup replay to fulfil, starting with a trip to fierce rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

So that's what both us and Klopp thought about the game, how about you? Let us know your views below...

Click here to see comprehensive match stats

Follow me on Twitter @superbag

At Vital Liverpool we're always looking for contributors so if you're an LFC fan who wants to share his or her opinion with the masses, simply email articles/blogs to

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Thursday January 12 2017
Time: 9:06AM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Brook Not on the Slide

Recent Liverpool Articles

Liverpool: Was 2016/17 A Success Or Failure?

Liverpool finish fourth to secure a return to the Champions League but they promised so much more in the opening months

Coutinho In Team Of The Season (23/5/17)

Liverpool are represented in the Premier League Team of the Season that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

2016/17 Second Best Goal Return Ever

The Premier League season of 2016/17 didn't see a new goal record set in the top flight of football on Sunday, however the final day got extremely close.

Premier League 2016/17 Assist Kings (22/5/17)

With Sunday being the final day of the Premier League season of 2016/17, the Assist King Winner is now known.

Archived Vital Liverpool Articles

Vital Liverpool articles from

Site Journalists

Gavin Kelley-Day
Editor email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who Was MOTM vs. Middlesbrough (Home)?
Suggested By: Editor
Simon Mignolet1%
Nathaniel Clyne0%
Joel Matip0%
Dejan Lovren0%
James Milner0%
Emre Can3%
Georginio Wijnaldum57%
Philippe Coutinho39%
Adam Lallana0%
Roberto Firmino0%
Daniel Sturridge0%
Lucas Leiva (sub)0%
Divock Origi (sub)0%
Alberto Moreno (sub)0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Chelsea 38 30 3 5 93 52
2 Spurs 38 26 8 4 86 60
3 Man City 38 23 9 6 78 41
4 Liverpool 38 22 10 6 76 36
5 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 75 33
6 Man Utd 38 18 15 5 69 25
7 Everton 38 17 10 11 61 18
8 Southampton 38 12 10 16 46 -7
9 AFC Bournemouth 38 12 10 16 46 -12
10 WBA 38 12 9 17 45 -8
11 West Ham 38 12 9 17 45 -17
12 Leicester City 38 12 8 18 44 -15
13 Stoke 38 11 11 16 44 -15
14 Crystal Palace 38 12 5 21 41 -13
15 Swansea 38 12 5 21 41 -25
16 Burnley 38 11 7 20 40 -16
17 Watford 38 11 7 20 40 -28
R Hull City 38 9 7 22 34 -43
R Middlesbrough 38 5 13 20 28 -26
R Sunderland 38 6 6 26 24 -40
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Liverpool Results (view all)

Liverpool Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

Vital Football Comment