LEAGUE CUP: SOUTHAMPTON VS LIVERPOOL PREVIEW
After three successive victories, Liverpool are set to travel to Southampton with the hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday. However, with manager Jurgen Klopp having admitted in today’s pre-match press conference that it would be a ‘difficult game’, expecting a dominant victory at the St. Mary’s could indeed be considered a highly optimistic imagination. Klopp himself didn’t deny the possibility of a penalty shootout deciding the winning team in tomorrow’s knock-out fixture.
Wholesale changes to the squad predicted
Klopp revealed in the conference that he hadn’t decided the final playing XI for tomorrow just yet, considering the fact that Liverpool had played a tough game against Swansea just two days ago. In the next 12 days Liverpool will be playing 4 games, including two Premier League fixtures, which could predictably add fatigue and injuries to players and Klopp clearly wishes to minimize it. Thus, imagining a Liverpool squad that could be at least 70% different compared to the one that won against Swansea isn’t too difficult for tomorrow. However, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson back in training, along with the Lucas and Allen, Southampton can expect a strong challenge from Liverpool. Coutinho could also make a return to the bench ensuring that Klopp will have plenty of backup options if necessary.
Southampton have proven to be one of the most difficult opponents for Liverpool in recent years. Only 1 of the last 10 matches played between the two teams has ended in a draw with Liverpool winning 5 games and Southampton winning 4. However, Liverpool have looked the better team in the fixture lately, winning 3 of their last 4 fixtures. Liverpool last played against Southampton in October where they drew 1-1 at home.
Possible Starting XI