Following last night’s semi-final first leg clash at Old Trafford, the EFL Cup returns to action this evening with the second of those ties on the south-coast.
In a repeat of last season’s League Cup quarter-final, Southampton take on Liverpool at St. Mary’s, with both sides aiming to build an advantage ahead of the second leg at Anfield in two weeks’ time. The Saints drew 2-2 at Norwich City in the FA Cup last time out, while Jurgen Klopp’s men slumped to a goalless draw with Plymouth Argyle.
Southampton are looking to progress into their first League Cup final since 1979, their only appearance at that stage of the competition in their history, which they lost 3-2 to Nottingham Forest at Wembley. As for Liverpool, they’ve lifted the trophy a record eight times, the last of which came back in 2012 against Cardiff City on penalties.
Claude Puel has opted for a 4-3-3 formation this evening, with Nathan Redmond, Dusan Tadic and Jay Rodriguez leading the line ahead of Oriol Romeu, Steven Davis and Jordy Clasie in midfield. As for Klopp, he’s also deployed a 4-3-3, with Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge spearheading their attack.