Jurgen Klopp left fuming with officials

John Aldridge says Trent Alexander Arnold could fill in for Sadio Mane

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he has no complaints after his side were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Southampton this evening.

The Reds were beaten 1-0 in the first leg at St Mary's Stadium on January 11, but are confident about turning that score around and secure a place in the final at Wembley.

The pace is gone, and when he's not offering running in behind - his decision making can be infuriating.

However, Klopp remained confident his side can recapture the form that made them Premier League title challengers in the first half of the season. That said, Stephens committed and failed to cleanly win the ball, so he was somewhat fortunate that the officials did not award a spot kick.

"They won both games, they deserved it". I don't know how many times that has happened this season.

"It's clear what we've done wrong and we really have to do better".

Having said that, Klopp accepted that Southampton was the deserved victor.

Claude Puel, the Southampton boss, has enjoyed two 1-0 victories over the reds in recent weeks and Southampton continue their resurgence after a hard period with wantaway players. He played this game in a good spirit, calm, like a mature and experienced player.

Alexander-Arnold has started just one league game this season
GETTY Alexander Arnold has started just one league game this season

On the pitch, the game got off to a tentative opening, with a first opportunity on goal not arriving until the 16 minute when Sturridge collected Philippe Coutinho's pass, spun Maya Yoshida and struck, but it lacked the power or direction to beat Fraser Forster.

Then, moments after substitute Divock Origi was denied a penalty following an attempted tackle by Stephens, Southampton broke downfield through Josh Sims, who played in Long at the end of a 70-yard run.

However, Long didn't make a mistake against Liverpool, tucking the ball past Loris Karius in the 92nd minute.

It was an irony of sorts that Redmond should be back in the hutch when Shane Long hit the only goal of the night in added time to take Southampton to Wembley.

They did get there in 2010 to win the Johnstone's Paint Trophy as a League One side but next month's final has far more cachet.

The result means former Lyon boss Puel has not lost in all six of his meetings with Liverpool and he has guided the south-coast club to a first major final since 2003 in his first season at St Mary's. Needing to score a minimum one goal to stand any chance of buying that ticket to Wembley, Liverpool came unstuck, another time, against Southampton, with the Saints moving into the final of the EFL (League) Cup in impressive fashion.

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United and Hull meet in their second leg on Thursday.

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