No speed, no smarts: Liverpool a shadow of themselves in awful showing at Southampton

It was an evening in which the Reds were the antithesis of everything they have proved to be, with Loris Karius saving them from further embarrassment.Again, it was the goalkeeper dominating discussion for Liverpool. On this occasion though the spotlight was welcome rather than withering. The Merseysiders were abject in a 1-0 League Cup semi-final defeat at Southampton; the first-leg scoreline only respectable courtesy of Loris Karius’ service between the sticks.Lacking direction, explosiveness and intelligence, the performance at St Mary’s was the anthesis of what Liverpool expect of themselves.
And they will be well aware of their fortune in exiting the south coast without more damage to circumvent in the home tie.