Ahead of Wednesday’s EFL Cup semi-final second leg clash between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield (20:00), Shoot! turned to FIFA 17 to try and predict which side would progress to the final at Wembley Stadium.
The Reds, who surprisingly lost 3-2 at home to Swansea City in the Premier League at the weekend, are aiming to reach their second successive League Cup final tomorrow night.
Meanwhile the Saints, who won 1-0 at St Mary’s Stadium during the first leg earlier this month, comfortably defeated defending top-flight champions Leicester City on Sunday.
And Southampton’s first leg advantage proved crucial as the away side secured their spot in the 2017 EFL Cup final – their first League Cup final since losing 3-2 to Nottingham Forest back in 1979 – after securing a 1-1 draw on Merseyside, completing a narrow 2-1 aggregate win – on FIFA 17 anyway!
The Saints flew out of the traps and dominated proceedings right from the referee’s whistle, before making their possession count when midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Above) netted his first goal for the club by sliding in to convert Nathan Redmond’s drilled cross after 16 minutes.
Shortly after the half-hour mark, with The Reds 2-0 down on aggregate, forward Divock Origi pulled one back for the hosts (Featured image), although Jurgen Klopp’s side couldn’t find an eventual second strike to force extra-time.
Will Claude Puel’s Saints reach Wembley on Wednesday night? FIFA 17 seemed to think so…