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STAR PREVIEW: Liverpool v Southampton

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]outhampton head to Anfield with a slender 1-0 advantage from the first leg but have fallen upon a good time to meet Liverpool who are still reeling from their 3-2 home defeat against Swansea at the weekend which means they have now won only one of their last six games (W1, D3, L2).

Southampton beat Leicester 3-0 at the weekend and seem to be over a bad run which them lose three Premier League games in a row to Spurs, West Brom and Everton.

A Wembley final awaits the winners and I think this will be a low scoring affair with the prospect of extra time and penalties very much on the cards.

Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp said: “If we had been down 3-0 we would have to think about a few things but it is only 1-0 and so still everything is possible for us.”

Joel Matip is expected to be back in the Liverpool side. Matip was included in the provisional Cameroon squad for the Africa Cup of Nations but was one of seven players to say they did not want to play.

Cameroon said he had refused a call-up, and Fifa rules state a player may be blocked from featuring for his club if he refuses to play for his country. But he has now been cleared.

Liverpool v Southampton
EFL Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg
20:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD

(Maximum 10 matches)
Jan 2017 EFL CUP Southampton 1-0 Liverpool
Nov 2016 PREMIER Southampton 0-0 Liverpool
Mar 2016 PREMIER Southampton 3-2 Liverpool
Dec 2015 CAPITAL ONE CUP Southampton 1-6 Liverpool
Oct 2015 PREMIER Liverpool 1-1 Southampton
Feb 2015 PREMIER Southampton 0-2 Liverpool
Aug 2014 PREMIER Liverpool 2-1 Southampton
Mar 2014 PREMIER Southampton 0-3 Liverpool
Sep 2013 PREMIER Liverpool 0-1 Southampton
Mar 2013 PREMIER Southampton 3-1 Liverpool

Tough to call but I’m definitely in the camp of under 2.5 goals which can be backed at around 21/20 with Star Sports.

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