Published: Fri, January 27, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Claude Puel: Southampton not going to Wembley to make up the numbers

Claude Puel: Southampton not going to Wembley to make up the numbers

The Reds manager has seen his side win just once in seven matches this year - and that was a nervy 1-0 victory against League Two minnows Plymouth Argyle in an FA Cup third round replay.

"The player, everybody in the world to have him in their team, that he wants to stay here is for us unbelievably important", Klopp said after the match. Long, a clear handball.

Arsenal fans would have preferred it if Liverpool could have at least taken their EFL cup semi-final to extra-time, so as to sap a little more strength from the legs of the Southampton players, because it is the Saints up next for the Gunners.

He said: "You always speak about defence, or players".

The Merseyside outfit, who face an FA Cup fourth-round tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend, now sit fourth in the league standings, with just six points separating second from sixth. "I think the big advantage is with no Europe, as with Liverpool".

Chelsea have a mixed record in their half-dozen big-six clashes so far (three wins, three defeats) but only one of the losses came since their switch to a back three, in response to going 3-0 down before half-time at Arsenal in late September. That's how it is. "I have been there once, just to watch France beat England".

Sturridge missed two excellent chances for Liverpool, firing a close-range volley over and then turning James Milner's cross above the frame of the goal from three yards out.

He noted that it "didn't happen" for his team but said it is "not a problem in general" and more "only a problem for tonight". A job well done by Claude Puel, and a job done on Liverpool.

Playing with a composure beyond his 22 years, Stephens, who celebrates his birthday on Friday, formed an unbreakable barrier alongside Yoshida, leaving those watching to ask, tongue-in-cheek: "Who needs Van Dijk?" "It is fantastic for the squad and a good reward because they worked hard for this".

"When we have all these games, every three days, it's very hard".

After the match, the England U21 worldwide spoke with Sky Sports about his mature performance which helped the Saints reach their first cup final since 2003, and first League Cup decider since 1979.

A manager who got us to two finals last term and to a position this season where we're still realistically in the Premier League title race.

Forster smartly hooked a ball off the line after spilling an Emre Can shot and Klopp was frustrated his side were not given a penalty when Long handled in the area. I thought I did enough to get there - the footballing gods were with me. "We deserved it. We created a lot of chances and defended well".

Like this: