Southampton take on Liverpool tonight in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final at St Mary’s. We dive into the history books to see some of the previous meetings between these sides.
- These sides have met seven times in the League Cup in their history
- Liverpool have the better record, having won four of the ties
- They met in the quarter-finals last season where Liverpool won 6-1
Tonight’s EFL Cup semi-final sees Southampton take on Liverpool in a repeat of last season’s quarter-final.
Liverpool were triumphant in that tie and went on to lose in the final to Manchester City on penalties.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have won the trophy a record eight times and could be the German’s first piece of silverware since moving to Anfield.
Southampton have never won the competition, but were runners-up in 1979 where they lost 3-2 to Nottingham Forest.
These sides have clashed seven times in the competition, we take a look back at three of the best.
Southampton 2-1 Liverpool – 13 October 1999
A last-minute goal from Norwegian midfielder Trond Egil Soltvedt sent Southampton through to the fourth round of the cup. Michael Owen had given Gérard Houllier’s side the lead at the Dell after 53 minutes but defender Dean Richards equalised with 23 minutes to play. Southampton would go on to lose in the next round, 4-0 against Aston Villa.
Liverpool 3-1 Southampton – 06 November 2002
Three years later the Reds had their revenge; again, they met in the third round but this time with a different outcome. Patrik Berger opened the scoring at the end of the first half, his free-kick took a heavy deflection off Michael Svensson. Austin Delgado drew the Saints level after a goalmouth scramble that lasted about a minute. It was to be only his second goal before he left after three years at the club.
The home side weren’t behind for long when El-Hadji Diouf tapped in two minutes later after Milan Baros’ bullish run. Baros wrapped the game up on the hour, sliding in at the back post to finish Berger’s cross. Liverpool would go on to lift the trophy, beating Manchester United in the final.
Southampton 1-6 Liverpool – 02 December 2015
Last season’s quarter final was an absolute mauling at St Mary’s, but after 41 seconds it was looking very different as, now Liverpool winger, Sadio Mane headed in. It was only downhill from there for Ronald Koeman, two goals in four minutes for Daniel Sturridge gave Liverpool the lead and Divock Origi got a faint touch on Alberto Moreno’s piledriver just before the break.
Origi completed his hat-trick in the second half on either side of Jordan Ibe’s strike. Liverpool would lose the final to Manchester City on penalties.