Five things learned about Liverpool in their 6-1 win over Southampton

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Liverpool thumped Southampton 6-1 to book their place in the semi-finals of the League Cup.

Liverpool progressed to the semi-finals of the League Cup in some style last night, where barring the first 40 seconds, it was the perfect performance as they tore Southampton apart 6-1 at St Mary's.

Sadio Mane gave the home side an early lead as they had the best of the opening 20 minutes before Daniel Sturridge turned the game around with a brace before Divock Origi nudged home Alberto Moreno's strike to make it 3-1 before half time.

Origi added another before Jordon Ibe got in on the act, with Origi rounding off the scoring with a close range header to complete his hat-trick, making it seven wins from eight for Jurgen Klopp's side in all competitions.

It is another impressive away performance for Klopp which means the side will head to the Britannia Stadium to take on Stoke City in the first leg of their semi-final in January. 

Was there much to learn from last night? Here are five things we may have learned about the Reds:

Klopp's continues to switch the side's shape

Another game and another different shape to Liverpool, and it's remarkable they manage to get themselves settled to put in such a good performance. Klopp said after the game that the Reds played a 4-4-2 diamond, though some would argue it was 4-3-1-2 or a 4-3-3. In truth, when the team sheet came out no-one really knew how the side was going to set up, but it was certainly different to recent games.

If there's one drawback it's the slow starts

Which is probably related to the change in shapes, but it's not the first time Liverpool have started slowly. Rubin Kazan at home, Chelsea away and now Southampton away are all examples of this. Of course, this can improve in the coming weeks, but it may be related to the point above. The pleasing aspect for the Reds is that they're recovering from it quite well and showing some genuine characters.

Amazing what a natural goalscorer can do

With such a damning final scoreline, you'd think it would be strange to pin the win on one player. But it's hard not to ignore the contribution Daniel Sturridge made in turning the tide of the game. Southampton bossed the opening stages of the game until he was given a sight of goal, two goals later and the Reds are in the ascendency. Having Sturridge back in Liverpool's ranks again gives the side a huge lift, and that option Jurgen Klopp will no doubt enjoy having.

Divock Origi looks bulkier, more confident, then goals follow

It may be a change in haircut, but Origi's body shape looks different, he looks as if he's added some muscle and is harder to handle. Klopp spoke of the Belgian trying to keep things simple, and he did. He ran the channels well, complemented Sturridge well before it was his chance to shine. Compared to his first few matches in a Liverpool shirt, he looked a different player.

Reliance on one player? No

Philippe Coutinho is often spoken of as the jewel in Liverpool's crown, he hasn't been available for the past three games. Daniel Sturridge has only just returned from injury, when he goes off the field Liverpool prove they can score goals, James Milner and Jordan Henderson were on the bench, even with six or seven changes made to the side, Liverpool have proved they can put on an effective performance. 

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