Daniel Sturridge marked his return to Liverpool’s starting line-up by scoring twice and Divock Origi netted a hat-trick as Jurgen Klopp’s side thrashed Southampton to set up a League Cup semi-final tie against Stoke.
Sadio Mane gave Southampton the lead inside the first minute but Sturridge struck twice in four minutes midway through the first half to put Liverpool in command.
Origi deflected in Alberto Moreno’s shot right on the interval – his first goal for Liverpool – and there was no way back for Southampton as they ended up well beaten and outclassed.
The young Belgian hammered home a spectacular fourth before substitute Jordon Ibe, on for Sturridge just before the hour, drove home a fine finish and Origi glanced home a header for his third and Liverpool’s sixth to complete the rout.
Liverpool, however, seem to have developed a steelier constitution under Klopp and turned the game around thanks to an inspired five minutes from Sturridge.
Having returned from a long injury absence as a substitute against Swansea City on Sunday, he shook off the remaining ring rust to draw Liverpool level on 25 minutes.
Source: BBC Sports/