Southampton fans react to Jack Stephens' performance against Liverpool

Southampton manager Claude Puel

Southampton overcame Liverpool to reach the final of the EFL Cup.

Southampton headed to Anfield on Wednesday evening without centre-back Virgil van Dijk, but Saints fans fearing a Reds backlash in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg need not have worried.

Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens were imperious at the back for Claude Puel’s men, ensuring Liverpool could not find a way through and keeping the clean sheet that ultimately saw them win 2-0 on aggregate courtesy of a late Shane Long strike.

Yoshida continues to prove his critics wrong, but it was the performance of 22-year-old Stephens that really caught the eye.

Liverpool's Divock Origi goes down in the area after a challenge by Southampton's Jack Stephens however a penalty is not awarded

The defender was making only his seventh first-team appearance for Southampton and yet he looked like he has been doing it for years, keeping the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho at bay time and again.

The conveyor belt of brilliant young talent at St. Mary’s shows no sign of stopping and on this evidence Stephens will be a future great at the club.

Southampton manager Claude Puel

After the match we took to Twitter to see what Southampton fans thought of Stephens’ latest performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:

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