Southampton secured a final showdown with either of Manchester United or Hull City after winning 2-0 on aggregate against Liverpool.
The south coast club managed by Claude Puel won 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Shane Long minutes after Divock Origi was denied a penalty.
Liverpool welcomed Joel Matip back to th lineup after several days of settlement with the Cameronian FA. The Cameroonian was cleared by FIFA to play and he was partnered by Dejan Lovren in Liverpool’s defence. Steve Davis came in for Van Dijk captaining his side at Anfield.
Liverpool needed to score at least a goal to either level the tie or win on aggregate going into the second leg after losing 1-0 to Southampton at St. Mary’s a fortnight ago. But it was the south coast club that started well and as it was in the first leg, spurned so many chances to put the tie to beard.
Liverpool had chances on their own via forward Daniel Sturridge, Dejan Lovren but could only fail to make goalkeeper, Fraser Foster whet his gloves.
The tie was settled fully after substitute Shane Long pounced on a loose ball to send the Saints into their first league cup final since 1979.