Match Preview: Liverpool vs Saints

By SFC Media Tue 24 Jan Liverpool vs Saints

Check out our in-depth match preview ahead of the EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool at Anfield.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

It is quite simple – a place in a Wembley final beckons, with Saints heading to Anfield holding a slender 1-0 advantage to try and preserve or build upon.

In the first leg, Nathan Redmond’s solitary strike was enough to win the game and Claude Puel’s men will be buoyed by the fact they are yet to concede in the competition, and they have also won their last three away League Cup games against top-flight opposition.

Liverpool have huge pedigree in the competition though, with this being their 17th appearance in the semi-final of the competition, progressing to the final in five of their last six.

TEAM NEWS

Virgil van Dijk receives treatment

Southampton: Claude Puel will make a late assessment on the fitness of team captain Virgil van Dijk, after he sustained an ankle injury in the 3-0 victory over Leicester City on Sunday.

Speaking at his press conference, Puel also revealed that freshly-appointed club captain Steven Davis could return following a knock that has seen him miss the last few games.

Liverpool: Jordan Henderson is expected to continue to play through a heel problem, with Jürgen Klopp insisting it is not of concern.

The midfielder has completed the full 90 minutes against both Manchester United and Swansea in the last two outings.

Klopp has no other injury concerns ahead of the semi-final second leg.

FORM GUIDE

Southampton’s last five:

Leicester City (h) W 3-0
Norwich City (h) W 1-0 (FA Cup)
Burnley (a) L 0-1
Liverpool (h) W 1-0 (EFL Cup)
Norwich City (a) D 2-2 (FA Cup)

Liverpool’s last five:

Swansea (h) L 3-2
Plymouth (a) W 0-1 (FA Cup)
Manchester United (a) D 1-1
Southampton (a) L 1-0 (EFL Cup)
Plymouth (h) D 0-0 (FA Cup)

TOP PERFORMERS

James Ward-Prowse in action against Leicester City

James Ward-Prowse added his second goal of the season in an impressive, man of the match display against Leicester City.

The England Under-21 international also swung in a dangerous free-kick which Jay Rodriguez profited from to double the advantage against the reigning champions.

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (9), Jay Rodriguez (5), Nathan Redmond, Virgil van Dijk (4)
Most assists: Dušan Tadić, James Ward-Prowse (3)

Roberto Firmino’s double was not enough to help Liverpool earn a result against Swansea, but it did take the Brazilian’s tally to double figures in all competitions.

The attacking threat he poses will also be complemented by returning playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who was withdrawn at the weekend to protect him on his return from injury.

Top scorers: Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané (10), Divock Origi (9)
Most assists: Adam Lallana (8), Philippe Coutinho (7), Sadio Mané (6)

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

All-time record:

Played: 102
Southampton: 29
Draws: 30
Liverpool: 50

Previous four meetings:

January 2017: Southampton 1-0 Liverpool (Redmond)

November 2016: Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

March 2016: Southampton 3-2 Liverpool (Mané 2, Pelle)

December 2015: Southampton 1-6 Liverpool (Mané)

DID YOU KNOW?

- Southampton will need to become just the third side in the last nine to win the first leg of a League Cup semi-final at home by a one-goal margin and go through. Only Sunderland in 2013/14 and Spurs in 2014/15 have then reached the final.

- A fifth clean sheet in this season’s competition would see Southampton become only the fifth top-flight side in Liverpool’s last 54 home League Cup matches to keep them at bay.

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