Opposition View: Liverpool

By SFC Media Wed 25 Jan Liverpool vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Jürgen Klopp and Claude Puel

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp is expecting a tough test against Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg at Anfield.

Nathan Redmond’s first-half strike at St Mary’s sees Saints take a 1-0 advantage to Merseyside, with a place at Wembley in the offing.

And speaking at his pre-match press conference, Klopp assessed a side that he is now more than familiar with.

“I think I have played Southampton the most of all Premier League teams; we played them last year [in the League Cup],” said Klopp.

“We have played them twice again and they changed a little bit. Southampton are a football-playing side, but against us they always defended pretty deep.

“That’s kind of a sign of respect, I would say, they think that’s the way to defend us. But, for us, it changes nothing really. In Southampton, after the game we knew it was not a good game from us.

“But probably both managers were frustrated, both because of the result. In this game they had chances to do it more clearly.

“Not because of possession – their counter-attacks were good and in different moments they were really clear in the situation and we didn’t defend it well. It was only a 1-0 and that’s no different for us, 0-0 or 1-0 is no different. Still everything is possible for us.”

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