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Liverpool v Southampton Talking Points

Liverpool host Southampton in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit.

Here Press Association Sport looks at some of the issues surrounding the match.

CAN LIVERPOOL BREAK DOWN STUBBORN SAINTS?

Jurgen Klopp's side may be the Premier League's highest scorers this season but in two encounters against Southampton (both at St Mary's) they have failed to find the net. They have scored just seven in their last seven games and have recorded only one win - against League Two Plymouth - since the turn of the year. Philippe Coutinho's inclusion will help but Divock Origi has not scored since mid-December and Daniel Sturridge's last goal came on January 2.

IS A STRIKER IN THE MIX FOR THE REDS?

Attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino showed a return to form and scored twice against Swansea at the weekend playing in a central role. Origi and Sturridge look short of form and were not Klopp's first choice in the team which performed so well in the first half of the season. Liverpool need to score at least once but both players may find they have a part to play from the bench.

MATIP WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Centre-back Joel Matip is set for his first start since December 11 and will bring a more commanding presence and greater organisation to the defence, which looked shaky in conceding three times against Swansea. A clean sheet may be key in a tight game and when Matip plays Liverpool, statistically, are better.

DO SAINTS RISK VAN DIJK?

Commanding centre-back Virgil van Dijk was a tower of strength in the first leg at St Mary's but is a doubt with an ankle injury. Southampton's best chance of making the final is with him in the team and manager Claude Puel should do everything he can to get the Dutchman out there as a clean sheet at Anfield will take the club to its first major final since 2003. With Jose Fonte having left for West Ham, England Under-21 international Jack Stephens, who has made just five first-team appearances, would face a major test.

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