Southampton have not had the most impressive of seasons so far having won just six of their 20 Premier League games, which puts them 10th in the table at the halfway stage of the campaign.
The Saints have scored just 19 goals in the top flight, so they needed a boost when they hosted Liverpool in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final at St Mary’s on Wednesday night.
They got just that by sealing a 1-0 win, which gives them an advantage – albeit a slender one – heading into the second leg at Anfield in a fortnight’s time.
Nathan Redmond was the man to nab the strike, resulting in his first career goal in the competition, but he could have had at least a hat-trick after producing five shots.
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) January 11, 2017
Redmond has scored three goals in 19 league appearances this season, bagging just the one assist.
The strike against Liverpool, which came in the 20th minute, could propel him into goalscoring form heading into this weekend’s trip to Burnley.
If anything, it provided a much-needed morale boost for the club following three consecutive defeats in the top flight.
Fans were quick to praise Redmond on Twitter following his match-winning performance against the Reds.
Get in there ???????? Redmond's best game in a Saints shirt. Halfway to Wembley…… we can do it! ????⚪️ #SaintsFC
— Jordan Stevens (@JordanStevens92) January 11, 2017
Nathan Redmond say no more #saintsfc
— Ewan Franklin (@Ewanfranklin3) January 11, 2017
Superb stuff tonight. Dominant game plan. Probably Puels fault. Should shut some people up but it wont. Redmond and Romeu immense. #saintsfc
— Michael Hopkins (@mhopkins86) January 11, 2017
Not a Redmond fan but, credit, where credit is due…he played his bloody socks off tonight and made me proud to be a Saint #saintsfc
— Andy Clark (@Clarky2705) January 11, 2017
Beer tastes good tonight after solid #saintsfc display. Needed that 2nd goal. Redmond's best game so far but not hard considering really!
— Simon Ryan (@simonryan80) January 11, 2017
— Norwich Edits (@NCFCEdits) January 11, 2017
— Sam Dobson (@SamDobson1) January 11, 2017
What a night – brilliant atmosphere and quality performance to match! Romeu, Redmond, Cedric, JRod and the CBs were immense #SaintsFC
— Arthur Fane (@ArthurFane) January 11, 2017
Nathan Redmond's best game in a #saintsfc shirt tonight! Started showing glimpses of the player I liked at Norwich
— Matt Ashley (@MattAshley1) January 11, 2017
Never doubted Puel or Redmond ???? #SaintsFC
— Dan (@DanSleep93) January 11, 2017