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  1. Semi-final draw: Everton v Man City
  2. Semi-final draw: Stoke v Liverpool
  3. Origi's first goals for Liverpool
  4. Sturridge with two precise strikes
  5. Busy night of cup action in Spain too

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By Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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Cadiz 1-3 Real Madrid

It's an easy victory for Real Madrid but is it the end of their involvement in this season's Copa del Rey?

Reports in Spain suggest Denis Cheryshev, who scored the opening goal, should have been suspended for the last-32 first leg tie, after picking up three bookings in last season's competition while on loan at Villarreal.

The Cadiz board say they will meet to discuss their options after this game. Real Madrid would surely appeal any punishment. Looks like a very big story is developing.

Oh, Isco scored twice for Real and Kike netted for third-division Cadiz - but few are likely to remember those details.

The back pages

The back pages are dropping in...

Thursday's Daily Mirror back page: One El of a Boss #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers

Thursday's Daily Mirror back page: One El of a Boss #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers

Cadiz crowd taunt Benitez

Cadiz 1-3 Real Madrid

The Cadiz fans are enjoying themselves, with reports they are chanting: "Benitez, look at Twitter" at the Real Madrid coach.

They have a goal to celebrate, too, as Kike makes it 3-1. The visitors are more worried about their future in the competition. 

It seems first goalscorer Denis Cheryshev should have been suspended for the tie after picking up three bookings in last season's Copa del Rey when on loan at Villarreal.

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Origi might have scored a hat trick tonight but can he do it on wet and windy night at Stoke? #bbcfootball

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What a character what a guy and what a manager. Klopp please never lose your enthusiasm & energy #LFC #SOULIV #bbcfootball #LeagueCup

Real facing Copa exit?

Cadiz 0-3 Real Madrid

Conflicting reports from Spain indicate Real Madrid may have not one but TWO ineligible players in their squad for this Copa del Rey tie.

It is suggested goalscorer Denis Cheryshev should have been suspended for this game after collecting three bookings for Villarreal in last year's competition.

One television station then claimed young forward Borja Mayoral should not have been on the bench after he was sent off in last season's Youth Cup Final - although this has not been confirmed.

On the pitch, Isco's second goal of the night has put Real in command ahead of the home leg.

Spanish newspaper AS is suggesting Real Madrid are in trouble here...

Breaking: Real Madrid might be disqualified from the Copa del Rey for playing Cheryshev who was ineligible for tonight's game.More to follow

Record breakers?

Liverpool already have the most League Cup wins to their name, having lifted the cup eight times.

Will they make it nine?

It is a pretty formidable semi-final line up...

Something amused you Gerard?


The Barcelona defender could be laughing at anything of course...

Isco on target

Cadiz 0-2 Real Madrid

The Denis Cheryshev confusion looks set to overshadow this tie but whatever happens, Isco has doubled Real Madrid's lead.

The real story, however, is whether Cheryshev was eligible for the game at all after picking up three bookings in last season's Copa del Rey while on loan at Villarreal.

Cheryshev confusion

Cadiz 0-1 Real Madrid

Bizarre goings-on in Cadiz: Real Madrid goalscorer Denis Cheryshev plays the first 30 SECONDS of the second half, before he is promptly replaced by Mateo Kovacic.

While on loan at Villarreal, the Russian picked up bookings against Barcelona, Getafe and Real Sociedad in last season's Copa del Rey.

According to some reports in Spain, those three yellow cards mean Cheryshev should have been suspended tonight's last-32, first leg Copa del Rey tie against the third-tier side. 

One to watch this one...

Real Madrid's Denis Cheryshev
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"You don't come to Liverpool for the weather."

Jurgen Klopp speaks to Sky Sports

More from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on Sky Sports: "We do not have magic ideas. It's about working hard. You cannot be in Liverpool because of the weather, so it must be because of the football club. 

"We need luck with injuries but the squad is strong enough for us to be challengers. 

"At the moment, we don't have to be any more than that. If you shoot the ball between the posts, it's better than when you don't do it."

Not a fan of the rain then Jurgen?

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

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It's impossible to dislike Klopp. He made it amusing despite not knowing when we last won the cup. Shows where his head is at. #bbcfootball

Thinking of putting a fiver on Newcastle to beat Liverpool on the weekend. If it comes off, that's the mortgage paid off #bbcfootball

Maybe a slight exaggeration Mahesh, but I see where you are coming from.

More Klopp reaction

FT: Southampton 1-6 Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp talking to Sky Sports: 

"This isn't the first time we've talked about this [Daniel Sturridge's fitness]. We try to do what we can to keep him fit. 

"Sometimes it can be bad luck, even for a long period, but he felt good during the game and at the end of it. 

"He doesn't have to play in all the games, but if we can decide when is the right moment to fight, and when is the right moment for recovery, everything should be OK."

Daniel Sturridge and Jurgen Klopp
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Well done boys! What a performance 👍👏💪 keep this going! #YNWA #Semifinals #COCup

The Liverpool goalkeeper enjoyed his side's 6-1 drubbing of Southampton from the bench this evening.

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Happy with that draw! Dreaming of a Liverpool-Everton final now! #YNWA #bbcfootball

#bbcfootball Shame there's going to be no Everton v Liverpool match. #mcfc

Saving it for the final perhaps Rob?

League Cup semi-final draw reaction

What's your thoughts on that draw then?

Stoke will play Liverpool, while Everton take on Manchester City.

The first legs will be played on the week beginning January 4 and the second legs on the week commencing January 25.

A day out at Wembley awaits the winners.

League Cup draw reaction

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Sky Sports:

"It was my first draw I saw live. Balls number 1,2,3 and 4 in a row,. Are you sure?"

Jurgen Klopp and Lucas Leiva
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League Cup semi-final draw

Stoke v Liverpool

League Cup semi-final draw

Everton v Manchester City

League Cup semi-final draw

A few nerves among Everton, Liverpool, Stoke and Manchester City fans...

Here we go..

Nearly there...

Still waiting for the League Cup semi-final draw?

Yep, us too...

Not long now.

Copa delight for Nevilles

Barakaldo 1-3 Valencia

On his first full day as Valencia coach, Gary Neville has a win to celebrate.

Of course, Neville doesn't take charge officially until next week, but he will surely have found a way to follow this Copa del Rey tie.

With Neville's brother Phil assisting interim coach Voro, Valencia recovered from 1-0 down against third-division Barakaldo and are well placed for a spot in the last 16 ahead of the second leg.

Joao Cancelo, Jose Gaya and Dani Parejo scored for Valencia.


Cadiz 0-1 Real Madrid

Real Madrid striker James Rodriguez

Denis Cheryshev's early goal means Real Madrid have their noses in front against the third-division side.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale miss out for Real, but there is a place in the starting XI for James Rodriguez following reports of a rift with coach Rafa Benitez.

The winner over two legs will advance to the last 16 of the Copa del Rey.

Trouble ahead for Real Madrid?

Cadiz 0-1 Real Madrid

Real Madrid still lead thanks to Denis Cheryshev's goal - but there is some confusion in Spain about whether he should be on the pitch.

While on loan at Villarreal, the Russian picked up bookings against Barcelona, Getafe and Real Sociedad in last season's Copa del Rey.

According to some reports in Spain, Cheryshev should be suspended against Cadiz in tonight's last-32, first leg. 

Manager reaction

Southampton 1-6 Liverpool

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman on Sky Sports: "That is not the result we expect. A great start but if you make the mistakes defensively we did in the first half and the top quality of Liverpool, then you can lose.

"The second half is my responsibility. I changed the system, I made the risk of three at the back.

"The first goal of Liverpool is a throw-in and you see how easily they play, that is not good. The have a great energy and they have qualities in the team. 

"We gave them that space, those opportunities and if you give a man like Daniel Sturridge that space he will kill you."

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman

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@BBCSport destined to be Everton v Liverpool final #bbcfootball #COYB #LeagueCup

We will find out soon Laura...

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Jürgen Klopp is the man. Charismatic, lively, positive; he's just one of those guys that you want to hang around with. #bbcfootball

Southampton 1-6 Liverpool

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at St Mary's Stadium

"Are Liverpool contenders for the title? You can only go on what we saw tonight and things can change quickly. This was mesmerising. 

It was a complete performance and a big warning to the rest of the league. The challenge for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool now is to find a way to break down teams who will go to Anfield, sit deep and not allow Liverpool to play through them, but there is something very good happening. 

"People talk about a ‘new-manager bounce’, but this is a complete change of direction from the [Brendan Rodgers regime]. Everyone looks happy and everyone knows his job. You would not play that way if you did not believe in what you were doing.

"If you forget the first 10 minutes, it was almost the perfect performance from Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge’s two goals were just a little taster. There is more to come from him. It was wonderful."

Player reaction

FT: Southampton 1-6 Liverpool

Adam Lallana on Sky Sports:

"That would have been difficult to believe. We started sloppily, but showed great character. Studge showed what he is about and credit to Divock as well. We have strength in depth if you look at the bench.

"We want to keep the momentum we have gained. It is not a miracle what he {Klopp} has done, he has come in and put his ethos into the squad.

"We know we still have some way to go."

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana

6 - Southampton have conceded six goals at home for the first time since losing 6-2 to Spurs in March 1995. Klobbered.

I see what they have done there. Get it?

Quartet await draw

The League Cup semi-final draw isn't far away.

Manchester City, Stoke, Everton and Liverpool are waiting,

Who do you want?


Southampton 1-6 Liverpool

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at St Mary's Stadium

This was mesmerising at times. After two or three moves in the first half from Southampton, Liverpool controlled the game and did not allow their opponents to get into the game. It was a complete performance and a big warning to the rest of the league.

FT: Southampton 1-6 Liverpool

Hat-trick man Divock Origi on Sky Sports: 

"I am going to ask the referee for the match ball afterwards. We showed a great mentality as a team."


Southampton 1-6 Liverpool

Divock Origi and Brad Smith
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Southampton 1-6 Liverpool

And still they come...

Emre Can bursts his way through down the right but his low shot is kept out by Maarten Stekelenburg.