Confirmed Lineups: Southampton vs Liverpool
Southampton host Liverpool in their EFL Cup semi-final first leg at St Mary’s in under an hour’s time.
The Saints are coming off an FA Cup third round draw at Championship side Norwich City on Saturday whilst Liverpool were held 0-0 at home by League Two Plymouth Argyle.
Jürgen Klopp will be hoping for a good result this evening before they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.
The two teams for this evening’s game are confirmed as:
Fraser Forster; Cédric Soares, Maya Yoshida, Virgil van Dijk, Ryan Bertrand; Jordie Clasie, Oriol Romeu, Steven Davis; Nathan Redmond, Jay Rodriguez, Dušan Tadić
Substitutes: Harry Lewis, Jack Stephens, Sam McQueen, Josh Sims, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, James Ward-Prowse, Shane Long
Claude Puel has named a strong starting lineup and a young bench. There is still no place for José Fonte who submitted a transfer request earlier this month.
Loris Karius; Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, RagnarKlavan, James Milner; Lucas, Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum; Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino
Substitutes: Simon Mignolet, Joe Gomez, Alberto Moreno, Kevin Stewart, Philippe Coutinho, Ben Woodburn, Divock Origi
Jürgen Klopp has named a near full strength side for this evening’s game on the south coast. However, Loris Karius keeps his place in the starting lineup with Simon Mignolet only a substitute.
Philippe Coutinho makes his return on the substitutes’ bench since picking up an ankle injury versus Sunderland at the end of November.
With Sadio Mané off the African Cup of Nations, Adam Lallana has moved into the right wing role in attack with Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino. Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum both start in centre midfield, as does Lucas who played centre-back on Sunday. The Brazilian is in for the injured Jordan Henderson who is expected to return to face United this weekend.