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A hat-trick from Divock Origi, a brace from Daniel Sturridge and a cracking strike from Jordan Ibe helped Liverpool book their place in the Capital One Cup semi-final as they hammered Southampton 6-1 at St Mary’s on Wednesday night.
Origi and Sturridge were simply sensational in front of goal as they helped their side recover from a goal down to book their place in the last four.
It was Southampton who started the brighter and they were ahead after just 42 seconds.
Ryan Bertrand skipped past Emre Can on the left and whipped in a superb ball that was met by Sadio Mane who headed past Adam Bodgan from six yards to make it 1-0.
The high tempo from the hosts was causing Liverpool huge trouble and they almost doubled their lead after five minutes.
Dusan Tadic manufactured space on the right and found Victor Wanyama inside the area, but he headed straight at Bogdan.
The visitors began to grow into the game after this as they slowed the tempo and took a foothold in midfield, and they levelled proceedings with their first real attack after 25 minutes.
Joe Allen played a superb ball into the path of Sturridge and he showed his quick feet to stand-up Steven Caulker before nipping past the defender and firing home to make it 1-1.
And the striker was at it again four minutes later.
This time Can was the architect as he clipped a stunning ball over the Saints defence with the outside of his foot and Sturridge made no mistake in volleying home.
It was all Liverpool after this and they took total control with a third on the stroke of half-time.
From a corner, the ball dropped to Alberto Moreno on the edge of the box and he hit a rasping half-volley that was flicked home by Origi to send the Reds in 3-1 up at the break.
The second half started much like the first with Southampton in the ascendency, but they had to wait until the 65th minute for their first real chance of the half.
Again Tadic was the creator as he whipped in a good ball that was met by substitute Shane Long, but he glanced his header just past the post.
This miss proved costly five minutes later when Liverpool killed the game off as a contest with a fourth.
Substitute Jordan Ibe cut in from the right and slipped a brilliant ball into the path of Origi who hit a thumping strike from the edge of the box that flew into the top corner to make it 4-1.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were starting to enjoy themselves going forward and they turned the game into a rout with 18 minutes left.
Moreno raced down the left and found Ibe on the edge of the box. The winger controlled the cross on his chest before firing past Cillessen in the Saints goal.
And the icing was put on the cake for the visitors with three minutes left went Origi met Brad Smiths cross and headed home to complete his hat-trick and an impressive 6-1 win for Liverpool.