Nathan Redmond reflected on a missed opportunity to score a hat-trick, or better, following his aim gave Southampton a slender 1-0 advantage more than Liverpool within the EFL Cup semi-finals.
The England Under-21 international struck midway via the very first half at St Mary's Stadium following Jay Rodriguez pounced on Ragnar Klavan's error to finish coolly previous Loris Karius.
Redmond had not scored in 15 matches prior to Wednesday's encounter and he was denied by sharp Karuis reflexes either side of his goal within the initial half prior to clipping the bar having a cute effort inside the game's closing stages.
With Liverpool most likely to bring a concerted response at Anfield within the second leg in two weeks, Redmond was in reflective mood post-match.
"I should really have had four," Redmond told Sky Sports. "On one more day, they may possibly go in.
"We got a win so we'll take it onto the second leg.
"The first or the last 1 [was most frustrating]. I did not realise just how much time I had, and with the last a single I attempted to be too intelligent.
"I'll understand from these errors in instruction and try and put it correct."
Redmond's strike could remain vital due to a excellent rear-guard display from Southampton's defence - led by stand-in skipper Virgil van Dijk.
The in-demand Dutchman took the armband, with Jose Fonte out of favour immediately after submitting a transfer request, and he performed superbly as Southampton brushed off memories of last season's 6-1 hiding to Liverpool inside the similar competition.
"We won and kept clean sheet, that's essentially the most vital point and we played superior football at instances," Van Dijk stated.
"Liverpool are an excellent team so it really is tough but we place inside a fantastic group performance, [Redmond] was unlucky today but I am happy with the target he scored.
"They have lots of movement up front, so we necessary to talk with each other and we did it very effectively. In moments it was hard, but we managed it and did nicely and it's a great win to take to Anfield.
"I said before the game, we need to have to believe. It really is something particular for the club and we showed currently we want it so terrible. It's going to be difficult but you by no means know."