Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp believes Southampton will be looking to strike back against his side at St Mary’s this evening.
Ronald Koeman’s men have lost their last two games, while the Reds have started to find some impressive form under Klopp in recent weeks.
But, ahead of his second meeting with Saints since arriving at Anfield, the Reds boss is well aware of the threat posed by Koeman’s side.
“I knew Southampton before, not only at Anfield,” Klopp told reporters ahead of the game. “They have a really good squad and are a good team with a brilliant offensive line.
“[Graziano] Pellè, [Sadio] Mané and [Dušan] Tadić are difficult to play against, but we did not so bad at home in our early season. We had a set-play for the draw.
“They are strong enough; they lost their last two games and so they want to strike back. If we want to go to the semi-final we have to fight for it and that’s what we’ll try to do.”
After the 1-1 draw between the two sides back in late October, Klopp feels as though his side will benefit from knowing more about the approach of Saints this evening at St Mary’s.
“Of course it’s important for us to know more about the opponent. We know much more about Southampton than we knew in October. If it helps will depend on our performance,” Klopp concluded.