Shane Long strike seals Southampton’s final dream at Liverpool

Southampton reached the League Cup final for the first time in 38 years after Shane Long gave them a 1-0 second-leg win over Liverpool at Anfield.

The Republic of Ireland striker came on as a substitute and slotted home a lovely finish in added time to give Claude Puel’s men a 2-0 aggregate victory, securing a spot in their first League Cup final since 1979.

Emre Can came within inches of a goal in the 54th minute after his shot was fumbled by keeper Fraser Forster who then did well to claw the ball away from the goal, with referee Martin Atkinson confirming it had not crossed the line. And Long confirmed the win late with Southampton now waiting to see if they will play Manchester United or Hull at Wembley in the final.

After dominating the first leg, where they really should have come away with more than a one-goal lead, Saints again missed glorious chances in the first half at Anfield, with Dusan Tadic guilty of wasting the pick of the bunch 39 minutes in from point-blank range.

After the break, it was a backs to the wall for the Saints, but they rarely looked troubled as Liverpool really struggled to find any rhythm. That defence has not conceded a single goal en route to the final, despite facing Premier League sides all the way.

Jurgen Klopp’s 100 per cent record in semi-finals comes to an end in rather meek fashion, as Liverpool’s poor run of form continues.

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