EFL Cup semi — HT: Redmond puts Saints ahead of Liverpool (video)

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In a first half largely dominated by the home side, Nathan Redmond nabbed a richly deserved opening goal (below video) to give Southampton a 1-0 lead at the quarter mark of Saints’ EFL Cup semifinal tie with Liverpool.

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Loris Karius, Liverpool’s oft-criticized, young goalkeeper, was outstanding in the opening 45 minutes, making four saves in total, two of which came in spectacular fashion to prevent a difference on the scoreboard more representative of the general run of play.

Jurgen Klopp will likely ease Philippe Coutinho, who’s missed the last six weeks with an ankle injury, back into the side as the second half wears on, as the Reds chase a vital away goal in the first leg.