Jamie Carragher reacts to Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Southampton
The Liverpool legend delivers his verdict on his former club's surprise exit at the hands of Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final
Jamie Carragher felt that Liverpool rarely troubled Southampton after Jurgen Klopp’s side crashed out of the EFL Cup after a 2-0 aggregate defeat at Anfield.
Liverpool started the night looking to overturn the 1-0 deficit from the first leg following Nathan Redmond’s first-half winner at St Mary’s a fortnight ago.
However, the home side struggled to break down a resilient Southampton defence in the first half despite the absence of Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk.
Daniel Sturridge spurned a great opportunity to break the deadlock when he first over the crossbar from close range midway through the second half before the England international miscued inside the nine-yard area minutes later.
The Reds were denied a late penalty after Divock Origi took a tumble in the Southampton area before Shane Long scored on the counter-attack less than a minute later to seal the visitors’s place in the Wembley final on the stroke of full-time.
Discussing the 1-0 loss on Sky Sports, Carragher said:
“Liverpool missed a couple of chances in the second half but there wasn’t that feeling that Southampton were every under pressure. The young lad at the back we never saw him under pressure. Liverpool couldn’t get at them because of the organisation.”
Liverpool are in fourth place in the Premier League table and 10 points adrift of current leaders Chelsea with 16 games to play in the title race.
The Reds will host Antonio Conte’s side in their next Premier League game at Anfield on Tuesday night.