MATCH PREVIEW: Southampton vs Liverpool

By SFC Media time Wed 02 Dec Club

saintsfc.co.uk takes a look ahead to Wednesday night's Capital One Cup quarter-final clash with Liverpool at St Mary's.


Southampton will be looking to reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup for the first time since 1987 when they welcome Liverpool to St Mary’s.

Saints were one step away from the last four during the 2014/15 campaign, before suffering a 1-0 away defeat to League 1 side Sheffield United.

This time around it’s Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool who stand in the way of Ronald Koeman’s men reaching the semi-finals.

Klopp’s first win as Liverpool boss came in the Capital One Cup as the Reds beat Bournemouth at Anfield to reach the last eight of the competition.

The two sides met as recently as October, with Sadio Mané scoring a late equaliser for Saints to earn a 1-1 draw after Christian Benteke had opened the scoring.

Ronald Koeman has confirmed that captain José Fonte will miss the game after coming off injured at Manchester City, but Graziano Pellè is available again after missing that game through suspension. Fraser Forster, Jay Rodriguez and Florin Gardos will again be absent.

Jürgen Klopp confirmed captain Jordan Henderson and striker Daniel Sturridge will be part of the squad, while they will wait to assess the fitness of Philippe Coutinho.

Summer signing Christian Benteke has already shown this season he can be a real threat to Ronald Koeman's side.

The Belgian headed home impressively in the 1-1 draw at Anfield and is starting to find his feet with the Reds after his summer move from Aston Villa.

Benteke is yet to feature in the Capital One Cup this season, but will be expected to lead the line for Jürgen Klopp’s at St Mary’s.

The 24 year-old, who scored for Villa when Saints won 6-1 at St Mary’s last season, has scored five times in 13 games since his move to Anfield.

The two sides have come up against each other on six occasions in the League Cup. Saints have won twice, with Liverpool winning three times and the draw coming at the semi-final stage back in 1987.

Southampton’s last win in the League Cup against Liverpool came in 1999. Dean Richards and Trond Egil Soltvedt scored the goals to earn a 2-1 win after Michael Owen had opened the scoring.

Liverpool have not lost in the previous four meetings between the two sides – winning three of the games and drawing one (at Anfield earlier this season).

The last time Saints exited the competition after a home defeat was during the 2010/11 season when they lost 1-0 to Bolton Wanderers at St Mary’s.

Southampton have not reached the semi-finals of the competition since 1987. On that occasion, it was Liverpool who ended their run as the Reds won 3-0 on aggregate. 

You can follow all the action from Wednesday's game at St Mary's via the club’s social media channels. We’ll have live updates on Twitter, goal updates on Facebook and a liveblog running on saintsfc.co.uk .

After the game, we’ll have reaction on youtube.com/southamptonfc, as well as saintsfc.co.uk .

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