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Liverpool overcome Saints to reach semis

Liverpool overcome Saints to reach semis

SOUTHAMPTON: Liverpool ran riot to reach the League Cup semi-finals with a 6-1 thrashing of Southampton on Wednesday in which Divock Origi grabbed a hat-trick and Daniel Sturridge scored twice as Juergen Klopp’s impressive start as manager continued.

Jordon Ibe added his name to the scoresheet as Liverpool emphatically overcame the early blow of Sadio Mane putting the hosts ahead inside a minute to emphasise their resurgence since Klopp arrived at the start of October.

Klopp’s side, who have now won seven of their last eight games in all competitions, will face Stoke City in the semi-finals while Premier League leaders Manchester City will play Everton in the other last-four clash after Wednesday’s draw.

“We do not have magic ideas,” said Klopp. It’s about working hard. You cannot be in Liverpool because of the weather, so it must be because of the football club.”

Mane headed Southampton in front after 39 seconds at St. Mary’s Stadium, but Sturridge marked his first start since October 4 with goals in the 25th and 29th minutes to spark the comeback.

Origi, who joined from Lille on a permanent basis last summer, was also handed a rare start and the Belgium international responded by scoring the third goal on the stroke of halftime.

The20-year-old Belgium international claimed a treble with strikes in the 68th and 86th minutes, either side of a drilled effort from Ibe.

Published in Dawn, December 4th, 2015

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