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  1. Saints take one-goal lead into second leg at Anfield
  2. Redmond punishes Klavan error to slot home only goal of the game
  3. Redmond also hit the bar with chipped effort late on
  4. Coutinho make first Liverpool appearance since 26 November

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    As both Jurgen Klopp and Claude Puel have said, it's only half-time in this League Cup tie and the second leg at Anfield should be a cracker. 

    That's it from us for tonight. See you later!

  2. 'We cannot be happy with the performance'

    Southampton 1-0 Liverpool


    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on 5 live: "I am not happy of course. The game changed when they scored a goal and we lost a lot of what we needed.

    "Our passing game got nervous, I don't know why. We gave the ball away so easily and we needed Loris Karius to save our lives two or three times.

    "The best thing for us is the result. We know that we can play better at Anfield, nothing is decided.

    "We cannot be happy with the performance, Southampton cannot be happy with the result. It could and should have been 2-0, 3-0.

    "I can't remember a clear chance for us."

  3. 'We can have a strong game at Liverpool'

    Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

    Southampton boss Claude Puel, speaking to Sky Sports: "We are deserving this result with all the many chances we had. It was important to win with the clean sheet and we can have a strong game at Liverpool. I think Liverpool had just the one chance all game. We were unlucky at the end because we know Liverpool away in the second leg will be very difficult. 

    "It was the same in the Premier League - a strong defence - but this game was interesting because we were strong in defence and were better to keep the ball and to have a very good counter attack. It was a very, very good game but it is just the first leg and we are just one goal up. 

    "This competition is exciting, now it is important to keep the good concentration for the Premier League. We lost three games so it is important to have the good reaction."

    Claude Puel
  4. Elsewhere around Europe

    Barcelona 3-1 Athletic Bilbao (agg 4-3)

    Tense. Nervy. Edgy... Relief. Joy. Barcelona and their fans have taken a ride on the whole emotional rollercoaster that football has to offer. But it is worth it - the holders are through to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals. 

    Hugs all around for Lionel Messi after his brilliant free-kick proves the difference between Barca and visitors Athletic Bilbao after 180 minutes of push and shove. 

    Lionel Messi celebrates
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    Chris Hickman: Only 11 days ago we beat City and everything was peachy, a bit of perspective needed.

    Albert Poon: Thank goodness it's only half-time in this tie. Liverpool need to break this winless streak asap.  

    Peter Campbell: Liverpool lost the 1st leg of their Europa League semi final 1-0, and won the 2nd leg comfortably. Wait until Anfield!

  7. 'It's only half-time'

    Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, speaking to Sky Sports: "After the goal we conceded the reaction was not good. We lost timing, we were not compact enough, everything changed and that reaction was not good. Maybe it is easy to explain - we made wrong decisions - but it is a cup game and especially in an away cup game you concede a goal and it is tough.

    "They had the biggest chances because we were not compact enough in situations and Loris Karius had to save our life, a deserved win for Southampton but it is only half time.

    "In this moment I am not too happy with the performance after 1-0. We should have been more clear in our passing. It is difficult, we could have done better. Things like this happen. 

    "We were in a good shape when we started, but the reaction was not good. Why exactly I will have to look again. The second leg will be a completely different game. Nobody should think it is already decided."

    Jurgen Klopp
  8. Elsewhere around Europe

    Barcelona 3-1 Athletic Bilbao (agg 4-3)

    Cometh the hour, cometh the Messi! A roar of relief as Lionel Messi does the business when it really matters. As usual. The Barcelona forward whips in a delicious free-kick to give the home side breathing space. But... one more Athletic goal will see them through to the Copa del Rey last eight. Into the final 10...

    Lionel Messi celebrates
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    Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

    Alan Shearer

    Ex-England captain

  10. Post update

    Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool will fancy their chances of turning things around in the return leg, but they've got to score and that something's they've struggled to do of late - they've scored just twice in the three games in 2017 and have failed to score in successive matches for the first time in almost a year.

  11. Post update

    Southampton 1-0 Liverpool


    Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk: "We won and kept a clean sheet which was important. We played good football at times against a great team but we were unlucky today. It's all about communication at the back, we talked to each other well. It will be tough, we knew that, but it's a good win. We need to believe - a final is something special for the club."

    Southampton goalscorer Nathan Redmond: "I should have had four goals today. I didn't realise how much time I had but I will learn from those mistakes. At least we won and we can take a lead to Anfield."

    Nathan Redmond reacts
  12. Post update

    Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

    Steve Claridge

    Ex-Leicester striker on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Liverpool lacked a wide player, the two full-backs took an eternity to get forwards. Southampton were always set and when crosses did come in Virgil van Dijk was dominant in the air. 

  13. Elsewhere around Europe

    Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao (agg 3-3)

    While Spanish champions Barcelona struggle to break down their stubborn Copa del Rey opponents, there have also been a few problems for their Italian counterparts. 

    Juventus, aiming for a third successive Serie A and Coppa Italia double, survive a stirring fightback from Atalanta to win 3-2 in their last-16 tie. Meanwhile, French double winners Paris St Germain are 2-0 ahead against Metz in their Coupe de la Ligue quarter-final. Thiago Silva has bagged both goals. You've read that right. 

    Paulo Dybala celebrates
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    Shane Daly: Sturridge showed tonight that I would rather have his uncle Dean playing up front.

    Stevey Gee Sings: In the grand scheme of things I will take that. Let's take The Saints down at Anfield.

    Ashton Moore: I like him as a footballer, but on the evidence of the last two games, Emre Can't.

    Emre Can
  15. 'An opportunity missed for Saints'

    Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

    Steve Claridge

    Ex-Leicester striker on BBC Radio 5 Live

    You can make a strong case for Southampton winning 2-0 or even 3-0. Everyone here is happy but this is an opportunity missed.

    If Southampton don't go through they will be kicking themselves. This is an opportunity missed. 

    Maya Yoshida applauds fans
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    Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

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    Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool reads a piece of paper

    When you're playing football at 9.30 but have to revise for a big test at 11...  


    Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

    All over and Southampton win the first leg 1-0, but they could have had a couple more. 

    Sets things up nicely for the second leg, though. That takes place at Anfield on 25 January.

    Daniel Sturridge applauds
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    Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

    Steve Claridge

    Ex-Leicester striker on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Liverpool would still be favourites - I may have swayed the other way if Southampton had a second. As they should have done.

  19. Post update

    Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

    Another bit of skill by Philippe Coutinho 25 yards from goal opens up a bit of space for the Brazilian to have a pop of goal, but he skies his effort. Jurgen Klopp sucks his teeth before breaking out a wry smile at the awfulness of the shot.

    Philippe Coutinho shoots