LIVERPOOL — Liverpool will aim to overturn a one-goal deficit when they take on Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg at Anfield on Wednesday.
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The Reds were beaten 1-0 in the first leg at St Mary’s Stadium on Jan. 11, but are confident about turning that score around and secure a place in the final at Wembley.
Southampton only need a draw to advance to the title game, but the Saints are determined to score the first goal on Wednesday and they know the only way to achieve that is to remain positive and stick to their usual approach.
Southampton Going For Win vs Liverpool
“We played very well in the last game against them,” said Saints defender Maya Yoshida. “Maybe we need to score a few more goals, but still we have an advantage.
“But let’s win the game. We shouldn’t think about a draw, because then they will start to punish us.
“It’s the same approach as usual. That’s the most important thing. The last game, against Leicester, we played well.
“If we score one goal away, it would be massive for us. That’s why we need to try to get the first goal there.”
Meanwhile, Southampton manager Claude Puel revealed after the Premier League win over Leicester City at the weekend: “We know Liverpool. They lost against Swansea at home, and I am sure they will want to react against us.
“But it’s important to keep all of our focus about our play.
“We know they are fantastic, a great team, with great players, but you saw in the first leg we have the ability to produce a strong game against them. It will be important to make a strong game – a perfect game – I think.”
Liverpool Ready To Punch Saints
Despite losing 3-2 to Swansea City in their last outing, which left both the manager and the players a little down, Liverpool are ready to come out and “punch back and punch back hard,” writes Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.
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“It is in moments such as these, with the focus being on us, to see how we react to setbacks, where I believe these players will show their very best qualities,” writes Klopp on www.liverpoolfc.com.
“It is where we, as a club, can show our very best qualities. That we stay together, we stay positive, we stay optimistic and we come out and we punch back and punch back hard.”
The winner of this game will take on the victor of the other semi-final between Manchester United and Hull City.