Stat Pack: Liverpool vs Saints

By SFC Media Tue 24 Jan Liverpool vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Ryan Bertrand

Ahead of Southampton's EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool, we take a look at a number of key pre-match stats.

Southampton will be aiming to reach the final of the League Cup for only the second time. In 1978/79 they were beaten by Nottingham Forest in the final, having seen off Leeds in the previous round.

This is the fifth time that Liverpool are heading into a League Cup semi-final second leg with a deficit. They did however turn the previous two ties around, against Crystal Palace and Sheffield United.

Southampton have won one of their previous four League Cup away matches against Liverpool. It was a third round clash in November 1960, with Saints winning 2-1.

The Reds haven’t failed to score in back-to-back League Cup games since August 1979, when they went five matches without a goal.

Only Aston Villa (82) and Arsenal (78) have won more home League Cup matches than Liverpool (75).

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.

Southampton have won their last three away League Cup matches against top-flight opposition, defeating Arsenal (2014/15 and 2016/17) and Stoke (2014/15).

Southampton are yet to concede a goal in this season’s EFL Cup, having kept clean sheets against Crystal Palace, Sunderland, Arsenal and Liverpool.

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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