Southampton vs Liverpool – League Cup – Preview

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Southampton vs Liverpool

Southampton vs Liverpool – Liverpool travel to St. Mary’s Stadium on 11th January, Wednesday to face Southampton in the first leg of the League Cup semi-finals.

Liverpool defeated Burton Albion, Derby County, Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United in the earlier rounds of the League Cup while Southampton had a tougher road to the last four as they had to win against Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Arsenal en route to the semi-finals.

Liverpool’s draw at Plymouth in the 4th round of the FA Cup this past weekend has raised questions about the Kop’s ability to last the distance and win consistently in an intense season.

Team News

Charlie Austin, Sofiane Boufal, Jake Hesketh, Alex McCarthy, Matt Targett and Jeremy Pied are sidelined through injuries for Southampton while Jose Fonte, who handed in a transfer request earlier this month is unlikely to feature.

Liverpool will be without Danny Ings, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Joel Matip all of whom are injury concerns. Sadio Mane misses out as he is on international duty.

Southampton Possible Starting Lineup: Fraser Forster, Cedric Soares, Maya Yoshida, Virgil van Dijk, Ryan Bertrand, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oriol Romeu, Curtis Davies, Dusan Tadic, Shane Long, Nathan Redmond.

Liverpool Possible Starting Lineup: Loris Karius, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, James Milner, Georginio WIjnaldum, Emre Can, Ovie Ejaria, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana.

“There is no more pressure on us. It is an opportunity. It is always a new day. I said to the lads last year it would not be the last final they would be involved in and this is the first chance to prove this.”

– Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool

Contributor’s Pick

According to Southampton vs Liverpool H2H Stats, the last five matches between these two clubs have resulted in one win and two losses for Southampton, with the other two games ending in a draw.

Liverpool are likely to win 2-1 tomorrow.

ROMANIA AmateurGambler <
ROMANIA AmateurGambler I expect Liverpool to rest some players and to try to avoid injuries since they will have a big game against Manchester United in Premier League on 15th January and maybe they will fight for qualification in the 2nd leg.
Southampton is on 10th place in Premier League with 24 points, 9 points away from relegation and 17 points away from a place which can take them to Europe League, so that means they can focus on cup games and since they have the advantage of playing at home, I guess they can get a point from this game.


Team news
Southampton
Claude Puel does not intend to include Fonte, who put in a transfer request last week, until after the transfer window closes and Boufal has pulled out of playing in the African Nations Cup due to a knee injury.
Charlie Austin (shoulder), Matt Targett (hamstring), Cedric Soares (head) and Alex McCarthy (hamstring) all remain sidelined.

Liverpool
Coutinho is set to make his return after nearly seven weeks out with ankle ligament damage but is likely to be on the bench, while Loris Karius should continue in goal following his clean sheet against Plymouth.
Jordan Henderson (heel) will not resume full training until Thursday, but centre-back Joel Matip (ankle) could make the squad as he seeks to prove his fitness ahead of Sunday’s trip to United.
Liverpool will also miss Danny Ings due to a knee injury which is ruling him out for the season and Sadio Mane as he is on international duty.


Probable lineups
Southampton: Fraser Forster, Cedric Soares, Maya Yoshida, Virgil van Dijk, Ryan Bertrand, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oriol Romeu, Curtis Davies, Dusan Tadic, Shane Long, Nathan Redmond
Liverpool: Loris Karius, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, James Milner, Georginio WIjnaldum, Emre Can, Ovie Ejaria, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana.


“There is no more pressure on us. It is an opportunity. It is always a new day. I said to the lads last year it would not be the last final they would be involved in and this is the first chance to prove this.” – Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool


My predictions: Both teams to score @1.87 / Southampton +0.5AH @1.81
JAMAICA montana90s Wow, this loss was hard
ROMANIA AmateurGambler I didn`t expet Liverpool not to score...

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