Ronald Koeman believes a sold-out St Mary’s could be a big asset to his side tonight in their Capital One Cup quarter-final against Liverpool.
All the tickets for this evening’s game have been snapped up, and the Saints boss believes the backing of the supporters could play an important part.
"I’m very pleased, because it's always nice to play at home and to get the support of the fans,” he told youtube.com/southamptonfc.
“I think the team needs at this moment after two defeats and hopefully it will be a great atmosphere in the stadium and that we beat Liverpool – it will be a perfect day then.”
Saints fell at the quarter-final hurdle last season, losing 1-0 at Sheffield United, and Koeman wants to make sure they advance beyond the last eight this time, with he and his squad ultimately targeting a place at Wembley.
"The motivation is high because we like to reach the final,” he said.
“Of course, we're disappointed about last year. It's a second chance to reach the semi-final and it's a different opponent.”