Liverpool win 6-1 at St Mary’s and draw Stoke City in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup
And then there were four. The north-west has a monopoly on these season’s Capital One Cup semi-finalists, with Liverpool’s emphatic 6-1 victory seeing the Reds joining Everton, Manchester City and Stoke City as the last teams standing.
Sky Bet offer a best price 7/4 that Liverpool win this trophy, with Jurgen Klopp’s team being drawn against Stoke City. While the German will undoubtedly claim that the Potters are tough opponents, it’s a kind pairing considering that Everton and Manchester City were lying in wait.
The Toffees will therefore face the Premier League leaders, with the supporters hoping for a Merseyside cup final at Wembley, although Manuel Pellegrini’s side are 13/10 favourites (Coral) to win this competition.
Everton are 7/1 with the same firm after their 2-0 win against Middlesbrough, with Stoke 10/1 at online favourites Ladbrokes, although it might be wrong to write off the Potters considering they can raise their game to the level required to reach Wembley.
Klopp expressed delight with the performance at St Mary’s which saw Daniel Sturridge back among the goals and Divock Origi chipping in with a hat-trick.
“Maybe Daniel can be better,” Klopp said. “Write that. Jürgen said maybe he could be much better. I said to him after the game: ‘Now I know what everybody is talking about.’ I knew about his quality but not live in a stadium.
“We had a talk,” Klopp said about Origi. “It’s not too often that we agree in everything but I said he had learn this and that, don’t make this too difficult, and he said, ‘Yes, I know.’
“He wants to show everything in the short time he plays – everyone wanted him before Liverpool bought him – but he has to learn. He has to be patient. That’s the truth. Tonight he did everything simple, easy passes and finishes and movement. He got some good passes, but he’s still young and has to learn.
“I had a few semi-finals in my life and there was never an easy one. Stoke will want to be in this final as much as possible.
“It’s in January, though, so we have to wait a bit. Whose idea was this, two [legs to the] semi-finals? It was [in place] before television?!
“There’s more confidence to the team but we can’t dream. We have to work. If somebody thinks it’s an easy game against Newcastle on Sunday … it’s really difficult to go there after two days’ break and play again. Hard work. But this game, it’s really good.”
All odds were correct at time of posting.