Liverpool hit Saints for six to reach League Cup semis

Published 12/03/2015, 4:09 AM EST
Football Soccer – Southampton v Liverpool – Capital One Cup Quarter Final – St Mary’s Stadium – 2/12/15 Divock Origi celebrates with team mates after scoring the fourth goal for Liverpool Reuters / Eddie Keogh


LONDON (Reuters) – Liverpool ran riot to reach the League Cup semi-finals with a 6-1 thrashing of Southampton on Wednesday in which Divock Origi grabbed a hat-trick and Daniel Sturridge scored twice as the Juergen Klopp juggernaut rolled on.

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Jordon Ibe added his name to the scoresheet as Liverpool emphatically overcame the early blow of Sadio Mane putting the hosts ahead inside a minute to emphasise their resurgence since Klopp arrived at the start of October.

Klopp’s side, who have now won seven of their last eight games in all competitions, will face Stoke City in the semi-finals while Premier League leaders Manchester City will play Everton in the other last-four clash after Wednesday’s draw.

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Football Soccer – Southampton v Liverpool – Capital One Cup Quarter Final – St Mary’s Stadium – 2/12/15
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, Lucas Leiva and Dejan Lovren celebrate at the end of the match
Reuters / Eddie Keogh

While Liverpool’s improvement under Klopp, especially away from home, has sparked a wave of renewed belief among their fans, they were second best and a long way off the pace as Southampton grabbed an early stranglehold on the tie.

A little over 40 seconds were on the clock when Mane stole a march on Liverpool left back Alberto Moreno and arrived at the far post to get his head to a cross from Ryan Bertrand and bury the ball past Adam Bogdan.

Liverpool, however, seem to have developed a steelier constitution under Klopp and turned the game around thanks to an inspired five minutes from Sturridge.

Football Soccer – Southampton v Liverpool – Capital One Cup Quarter Final – St Mary’s Stadium – 2/12/15
Divock Origi scores the sixth goal for Liverpool and completes his hat trick
Reuters / Eddie Keogh

Having returned from a long injury absence as a substitute against Swansea City on Sunday, he shook off the remaining ring rust to draw Liverpool level on 25 minutes.

The England striker miscontrolled a long, arcing pass from Joe Allen, but collected the ball, beat the final defender and drilled a left-footed finish into the far corner of the net.

His second, four minutes later, was a much easier finish and owed a lot to a brilliant pass with the outside of his foot from Emre Can, with Sturridge arriving late in the area to prod the ball home.

Football Soccer – Southampton v Liverpool – Capital One Cup Quarter Final – St Mary’s Stadium – 2/12/15
Divock Origi scores the sixth goal for Liverpool and completes his hat trick
Reuters / Eddie Keogh

Liverpool’s third came on the stroke of halftime as a corner from the right found its way to Alberto Moreno, who drilled the ball low and hard towards goal, allowing Origi to stick out his boot and get the faintest of touches to direct it into the net.

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His second goal was far more emphatic. He raced on to a ball forward from Ibe and lashed it into the roof of the net from the edge of the area to effectively finish the tie.

There was further gloom, however, for Southampton as second-half substitute Ibe drilled home from 20 metres to make it five before Origi completed his hat-trick with an 86th-minute header.

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(Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Ed Osmond/Greg Stutchbury)

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