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Southampton vs Liverpool
English – Football League Cup
Date: Wednesday, 11th January 2017
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton).
Southampton will be seeking revenge for the 6-1 defeat they suffered in the last season’s League Cup fixture against when the teams meet against in this season’s semi-final first leg on Wednesday.
The Saints defeated Arsenal by a 2-0 margin at the Emirates to earn a place in the semi-final of the 2016/17 English League Cup. They didn’t have an easy draw in this edition’s tournament as they edge past Crystal Palace and Sunderland in two previous rounds.
Sunderland were in action for the FA Cup fixture this weekend, but held to a 2-2 draw after Steven Naismith found the equalizer for Norwich City in the injury time.
Liverpool’s toughest test in this season’s League Cup came against Tottenham in the round of 16. They progressed to the quarter finals with a 2-1 narrow win on that occasion and then pipped Leeds United by 2-0 margin to reach the semis.
The Reds were held to a goal-less draw at home by League Two outfit Plymouth Argyle in the recent FA Cup fixture on Sunday. However, most of their first team players were rested for the match. It will be also important to point out that Klopp had went on with a fringe squad in all the cup matches so far this season.
Southampton vs Liverpool: Head-to-head stats
- The Premier League clash of the current season between the two sides end in a goal-less draw; at the St.Mary’s on November 2016.
- Liverpool haven’t won in their last two visits to Southampton, they lost and drew 1 each.
- The last 9 matches between the two at St. Mary’s saw the teams sharing 4 wins each along with a draw.
Southampton vs Liverpool: Prediction
If Klopp chose to go ahead with a full strength squad, this will be an easy win for Liverpool. They have an important Premier League fixture coming up on the weekend against Manchester United, and therefore we can expect a similar line-up like what we saw against Plymouth Argyle. Southampton on the other hand will be looking to pounce on the opportunity to take an advantage to a tough second leg at Anfield. But we believe Liverpool are good enough to take a draw from this fixture.