Southampton boss Claude Puel says his side have nothing to lose in their EFL Cup semi final against Liverpool at St Mary’s.
The two sides have already met on the South Coast this season, as Saints held the visitors to a 0-0 draw.
And Puel is excited by the challenge of coming up against Jurgen Klopp’s men with a place at Wembley in the offing.
“We played this game in the Premier League, it was a strong game for us in defensive organisation,” Puel said.
“It was strong work to keep a good level, but I think it will be important also for this game to have a little more the ball and try to have control of the game.
“I know it’s difficult against this team because of their ability to recover the ball together with their strong pressing. Also, they keep the ball with technical players and quality and organisation.
“It’s a strong challenge and exciting. I think we are not favourite for this game and the second half away is difficult also but we have nothing to lose, just to play good level, to take pleasure and to make a result.”