Sky Sports cameras descend on St.Mary’s for the last of the Capital One Cup quarter finals, as Southampton host Liverpool, looking to end a barren run against the Reds.
The Liverpool ship has been steadied after the mediocre start by Brendan Rodgers saw him forced to walk the plank. In came Jurgen Klopp, and with the help of a reinvigorated Coutinho, has managed to improve Liverpool’s performances, even if they haven’t progressed up the table.
A highlight of his reign so far came two weeks ago, as the Merseysiders went to the Etihad and destroyed the league leaders easier than Mike Ashley at a Newcastle Fans Forum. Christian Benteke hasn’t had much to shout about in that period, bar a spectacular bicycle kick.
But Klopp has wanted to work with Christian Benteke for years, and now he has him, it’s only a matter of time before Benteke returns to his pre-Liverpool form, particularly now that Daniel Sturridge is hitting full fitness again. Wednesday is the perfect opportunity for him to start, having already scored against the Saints this season. He’s anytime, but a wincast might be a better bet
Opposing him, a wily Dutchman in Ronald Koeman, and his Southampton side that sit a place above Liverpool in the Premier League table. The Saints have a poor record against Liverpool, particularly at St.Mary’s, but the Europa League exploits of their opposition should cause fatigue.
In Shane Long, they have possibly the hardest working player in England, and he is sure to run the Liverpool back four ragged. A well taken header at the weekend in the Etihad against Man City will give him the confidence for the midweek game, he’s to score anytime.
Two very similar sides in terms of style, the outside shot is both teams to score and over 2.5 goals
- It was the September 2013 the last time Southampton beat Liverpool, through a goal from center back Dejan Lovren
- Liverpool have won this trophy more than any other team, with 8 titles
- The sides met on the 25th of October in the league, Sadio Mane scrambled an 86th minute leveller to deny Klopp his first win after Benteke’s bullet header.
- Gaston Ramirez turns 25 on Wednesday, he was linked heavily to Liverpool during the summer