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Liverpool vs Southampton LIVE: FA Cup result and reaction as Jayden Danns scores first two senior goals

Jurgen Klopp’s side host the Saints hoping for more cup success following their triumph in the Carabao Cup final last Sunday

Karl Matchett
Thursday 29 February 2024 09:48 GMT
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Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool find new ways to make teenage dreams come true. Three days after three rookies played pivotal parts in winning a trophy at Wembley, two newcomers scored the first goals of their career at a packed Anfield. For Lewis Koumas, it was a debut strike, for Jayden Danns, one of the novices who embarrassed Chelsea, a brace to cap a remarkable week that brought his maiden first-team game, a medal and now two finishes in front of the Kop.

Perhaps he ought to retire now: he may never have a week like this again. And, once again, Liverpool’s academy extended their hopes of sending Klopp off with a quadruple.

In the broader reckoning, Southampton had the chances to take a three-goal lead by half-time. Yet it is Liverpool who advance to an FA Cup quarter-final with Manchester United after a 3-0 win, their remarkable season progressing with a couple of heart-warming tales of players whose surnames were familiar, but their faces were not.

Follow all the reaction from Anfield below plus get the latest FA Cup odds and tips right here:


46' - Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

Half-time sub for Liverpool and it’s one centre-back for another: Ibou Konate on for Van Dijk. As the latter is captain and Trent Alexander-Arnold, injured, is vice-captain, it means a different name with the armband - Joe Gomez has taken it over for the second half.

On we go again at Anfield.

Karl Matchett28 February 2024 21:03

HT - Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

And that’s the whistle right away afterwards - the Reds are ahead despite Saints’ excellent start. Eventually the pressure has told in terms of positional play, though it was only Liverpool’s second shot on target of the half.

Kelleher has saved a couple of big chances at one end and Sulemana hit the post earlier too.

Karl Matchett28 February 2024 20:48

GOAL! 44’ - Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

Liverpool ahead!

Clark fizzes a pass in to Koumas, he drifts in past his man once more and shoots early - it flicks off the defender’s heel and rolls into the bottom near corner! Liverpool 1-0 up.

Karl Matchett28 February 2024 20:46

42’ - Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

Quansah’s interception sparks a counter and Bradley wins a corner.

Elliott lines up a shot and drills one on target from 25 yards - Lumley gets a hand to it to tip it wide! First one between the sticks tonight for the hosts.

Karl Matchett28 February 2024 20:45

40’ - Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

Bradley having a bit of a stretch after a slip, looks a little uncomfortable running.

Sulemana takes advantage of that to sprint away behind Bradley, beats Quansah and shapes to shoot - Kelleher makes another save, this one more comfortable, down to his left.

Into the final five minutes of the half and the Reds haven’t yet had a shot on target.

Karl Matchett28 February 2024 20:40

36’ - Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

Koumas twists his way into the box, then back out of it. Tsimikas’ cross is blocked and Southampton break away, Mara facing up Van Dijk..and that’s not usually the smart option. The defender stands his ground and clears well.

Karl Matchett28 February 2024 20:38

32’ - Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

On the Saints bench, Russell Martin is looking animated. He’s got to be happy with the start they made, but Southampton did spurn a few chances and haven’t had much of the ball in the last 10-15 minutes.

About 15 minutes until the break.

Karl Matchett28 February 2024 20:35

28’ - Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

Saints pass around Liverpool’s press and Sulemana beats Bradley down the left - but Quansah is in place for a second time in the last ten minutes to deny the winger. Good positioning from the centre-back.

Elliott then leads a counter for the Reds after a Saints corner and Clark lines up a shot - but slips as he does so and it wobbles wide.

Karl Matchett28 February 2024 20:32

24’ - Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

The home side turning the screw now and Saints unable to really get out over the last five minutes.

Gakpo, Elliott and Bradley are keeping pressure up pretty relentlessly in terms of buildup play into the box, but there’s no clear route to goal and Saints are defending well so far.

Karl Matchett28 February 2024 20:28

20’ - Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

Rothwell’s turn to dip in from the flank, take on his man and look to shoot - he’s off-balance though and skews his shot wide.

Koumas then does likewise at the other end of the pitch, drifting past his man...until a big senior, meaty arm brushes him out the way. Stephens barges him to ground but in a perfectly valid manner, no penalty.

Gakpo is then played in and he surely has to score - he dallies on the turn and is tackled by a recovering defender.

Karl Matchett28 February 2024 20:22

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