Southampton put in a performance that should have merited more than just a one goal advantage after the first leg of the League Cup semi-final against Liverpool at St Mary’s.
After a cagey start Roberto Firmino forced Fraser Forster into a smart save but that was as close as Liverpool would come in a tepid first half from the away side.
Nathan Redmond’s close range effort was superbly kept out by Loris Karius with an outstretched leg and just moments later that same man profited from a scuffed Ragnar Klavan clearance, allowing Jay Rodriguez to play in Redmond who finished with aplomb from 12 yards.
Liverpool may have dominated possession, but it was Southampton making all the chances, as Karius thwarted Redmond once again late in the first half, following a brilliant square ball from Dusan Tadic.
After the interval the Reds were on the front foot, only to see their territorial dominance amount to very little goalmouth action.
But for a smarter decision from Cedric Soares when he was released into acres of space and had Rodriguez screaming for the ball at the back post and a perilously close Redmond chance that hit the woodwork after brilliant play from substitute Shane Long, it should have been a healthier scoreline for the hosts.
However, it was not to be as both sides will ready themselves for an evenly poised return semi-final leg at Anfield in a fortnight.
Here are the best reactions from Reds fans following the result:
Have to feel for the fans who travelled to that. Shocking display by Liverpool. Credit to the lads who went midweek. Safe journey back. #LFC
— Spion Klopp (@TheKopHQ) January 11, 2017
2003. #LFC lose a league cup semi 1st leg away to a team in red & white stripes but go on to beat Man Utd in the final. You never know…
— Kop Magazine (@TheKopMagazine) January 11, 2017
A comprehensive list of people who played well for #LFC tonight below;
— Graeme Kelly (@GraemeKelly1) January 11, 2017
Lucky to leave here just 1-0! Please never let me see a midfield with Lucas and Can again….. #LFC
— Loft. (@TomLoft91) January 11, 2017
I hereby request that Sturridge be dropped for the trip to Old Trafford. Front three of Coutinho, Firmino and Origi. #LFC
— Rob Heaton (@robheaton) January 11, 2017
So draw to Sunderland, draw to Plymouth and lose to Southampton…..not the new year I expected after beating City. #LFC
— Mahak Mannan (@MahakLFC) January 11, 2017
Lucas though. How is he still at our club, let alone playing in a semi-final. It’s beyond comprehension. #LFC
— Anthony Coleman (@ColemanA87) January 11, 2017
Worst performance of the season #LFC
— Jevon O’Neill (@hubbleberry) January 11, 2017
I thought the Bournemouth match was bad but this takes it by a million miles awful match #LFC
— Darren Healy (@darrenlh81) January 11, 2017
— Joel Young (@iamjoelyoung) January 11, 2017
Poor performance from everyone, hopefully it’s just the wake up call we need before Sunday #lfc
— Tom Howles (@TomHowles) January 11, 2017
Not a disastrous result. However, we have been absolutely terrible. A really poor performance. #LFC
— Brandon Tregidgo (@BrandonTregidgo) January 11, 2017