Photos: Liverpool overwhelm Southampton in 6-1 League Cup triumph

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A resurgent Liverpool booked their place in the League Cup semi-finals with a remarkable 6-1 win away to Southampton on Wednesday night.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match against Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Southampton 1-6 Liverpool

League Cup Quarter-Final – St. Mary’s Stadium – Wednesday, 2nd December, 2015

Goals: Mane 1′ – Sturridge 25′, 29′, Origi 45′, 69′, 85′, Ibe 73′

Jurgen Klopp won’t have been pleased with the way his side started at St. Mary’s, going behind to Sadio Mane‘s header in the first minute.

But the way in which Liverpool responded showed their belief will have buoyed the German, as they overwhelmed the Saints to produce an emphatic 6-1 victory to secure a semi-final against Stoke City.

It was a true team performance from the Reds, with Daniel Sturridge the first of Klopp’s charges to shine.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scores the first equalising goal against Southampton during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the first equalising goal against Southampton with team-mate Adam Lallana and Emre Can during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the second goal against Southampton during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 26-year-old struck twice after a pair of sensational assists from Joe Allen and Emre Can, before he passed the reins to Divock Origi.

The Belgian nudged home Alberto Moreno‘s powerful 30-yard strike to net his first goal for the Reds—though the former Sevilla man received the majority of the plaudits for his contribution.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Liverpool's Alberto Moreno scores the third goal against Southampton during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Liverpool's Alberto Moreno is mobbed by team-mates after scoring the third goal against Southampton during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Liverpool's Alberto Moreno is mobbed by team-mates after scoring the third goal against Southampton during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

But Origi ensured he took centre stage with his second, hammering home beyond Maarten Stekelenburg after Jordon Ibe threaded him through on goal with a perfectly weighted through ball.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Liverpool's Divock Origi scores the fourth goal against Southampton during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Southampton during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Southampton with team-mates Martin Skrtel, Lucas Leiva, Jordon Ibe, Alberto Moreno and Dejan Lovren during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Belief coursed through a battling Liverpool side, roared on by the travelling Kop.

Five minutes after he set up Origi’s second, Ibe got his name on the scoresheet, chesting down Moreno’s cross before drilling the ball low and true into the bottom corner.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe scores the fifth goal against Southampton during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe celebrates scoring the fifth goal against Southampton during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe celebrates scoring the fifth goal against Southampton with team-mates during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was the only 19-year-old’s second goal for the Reds, and his team-mates responded with a blistering celebration in front of the away end.

Origi made it six with four minutes to play, and Liverpool can now look to a two-legged semi-final, with dreams of a first trophy in four years becoming more and more feasible.

 

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