Youngster guides Liverpool past Southampton

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  • Post published:February 29, 2024

Youngsters Lewis Koumas and Jayden Danns played a starring role as Liverpool recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory over Southampton to set up an FA Cup quarter-final with Manchester United.

Danns scored with a beautiful dinked finish in front of the Kop after latching onto Harvey Elliott’s feed in the second half, replacing Koumas.

Two minutes from time, he scored again, hammering the ball in after Conor Bradley’s attempt was deflected into his path by Southampton custodian Joe Lumley.

“I couldn’t be happier today. Today is the best day of my life,” Danns told BBC Sport.

“I’ve watched Liverpool since I was a young boy and to score at the Kop End is more than a dream. I couldn’t be happier.”

Due to numerous first-team players being injured, Jurgen Klopp started six players who were 21 years of age or younger, and just like in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, the young players did not disappoint him.

After failing to convert several of their chances in the first half, Southampton was penalised by Koumas in the closing minutes of the game.

In the second half, the visitors had more chances to square the score, but they continued to waste shots in front of goal.

Once more, Danns, who was playing for Liverpool for the first time after making his debut against Luton last week—made them pay.

“In the Carabao Cup final I had a couple of opportunities to score, so I came into today thinking ‘bury the next one’,” Danns added.

“I couldn’t describe it [what it feels like to celebrate in front of the Kop]. It is a dream come true. The first thing I thought was to slide on my knees. It was an unbelievable experience.”

Russell Martin’s Saints can now focus entirely on their pursuit of promotion back to the Premier League, while Liverpool, who are still in the running for a quadruple, can look forward to a tantalising clash at Old Trafford in the round of eight.

Photo by Liverpool Twitter page