Liverpool host Southampton on Wednesday night (7.45pm kick-off) hoping to overturn a one-goal deficit in their League Cup semi-final.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were outplayed by the Saints in the first leg at St Mary’s a fortnight ago, but are still in the tie thanks to the frame of the goal, and indeed some excellent goalkeeping from Loris Karius.
Nonetheless, Nathan Redmond did get the all-important goal for Claude Puel’s men on the night, so the Reds will have to be at their best on Wednesday to reach a 13th League Cup final, and second in two seasons.
However, Klopp’s men will have to improve upon a sluggish start to 2017 which has seen them win just one of their five games, and that was a narrow 1-0 success away at League Two high-flyers Plymouth Argyle in an FA Cup third round replay last week.
They have drawn three of the other four, but their most recent result was their most disappointing, as they lost 3-2 at home to struggling Swansea on Saturday to fall ten points behind league leaders Chelsea.
Yet, as the Reds proved last season by reaching two cup finals, the one-off game is something Liverpool relish, so here are THREE reasons why they will overturn the deficit and reach the League Cup final…