Preview: Liverpool v Southampton

Liverpool and Southampton are set to battle it out for a spot in the English Football League Cup final when they clash in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday.

The Saints take a 1-0 lead into this match after beating the Reds at St Mary's on January 11, thanks to a solitary strike from Nathan Redmond.

Jurgen Klopp's charges took a further hit to their morale at the weekend when they were beaten 3-2 at home by Premier League strugglers Swansea City. Despite sitting bottom of the standings, the Swans pulled off a dramatic win at Anfield. Liverpool have now won only once in their last six games in all competitions.

Liverpool look set to be boosted by the return of Joel Matip, who has been sidelined since December 11 with an injury and uncertainty regarding his eligibility following his withdrawal from the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon. Captain Jordan Henderson is a doubt due to a heel problem, but is expected to play.

Talking in his post-match press conference following the Swansea defeat, Klopp said: “We spoke about this and a few other things – it’s about enjoying the role we have.

“We are Liverpool, and a really good football-playing side, and we don’t enjoy the job we have to do.

“In our job, in 70 to 80 per cent of all games, we are dominant. So we have to enjoy this, even when we don’t come through after five minutes. That’s how it is. That’s the job to do.”

Meanwhile, Claude Puel's team have been impressive over their last few games, winning three out of four. Their most recent result saw them thrash defending Premier League champions Leicester City 3-0, following a 1-0 win over Norwich City in the FA Cup.

In team news, the Saints are waiting on the results of a scan on Virgil van Dijk to see whether he will be available to play, while Steven Davis could recover in time to play a part.

On the Van Dijk situation, Puel told the press: "It is not serious but I do not know if he can participate for this game. He is having a scan and I will wait for the results at the moment."

The winner of the semi-final will clash with either Manchester United or Hull City in the final.