Klopp: Coutinho ready to return

  • Klopp: Coutinho ready to return

Klopp: Coutinho ready to return

Everyone could see Sturridge's quality.

"We know Liverpool likes to press and if you beat the press then you have a lot of options and possibilities", the Southampton manager said. Alberto Moreno had, I think, 20 knocks everywhere on his body and was limping from the pitch to the dressing room. I'm sure 120 minutes would be too much for them both.

However, we'll have to wait and see whether Philippe Coutinho is able to make the trip to St Mary's as Klopp also confirmed that he'll make a late decision on the Brazilian playmaker. We will speak with the medical staff and to Phil. He will be close.

Klopp was hired less than eight weeks ago and has had little time to get his Reds squad adapted to the pressing style which took Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final.

But Shane Long, Southampton's goalscorer on Saturday, feels the hosts have the strength in depth to exceed last season's quarter-final effort, when a surprise loss to Sheffield United halted their progress. "I think he's ready for Southampton". "We'd like to reach the semifinal and after the two defeats the best way to get our confidence back is by winning".

The most recent League Cup fixture between the two clubs was back in November 2002 at Anfield, where the hosts clinched a 3-1 victory thanks to strikes from Patrik Berger, El Hadji Diouf and Milan Baros. Only Southampton. They're pretty hot on this game, they've lost their last two games and they want to strike about. Liverpool's last visit to Southampton ended in a 2-0 win for the visitors in February, with Coutinho and Raheem Sterling getting the goals.

"We have an away game so we are not the favourites or something like this, we have to go there and be a real competitor".

"At the end of the day it is my responsibility for results and results haven't been good enough in this period but that did not look like a team in trouble did it?" None awill play the entire match, which could make team selection more hard for the manager, but all are expected to be involved on Wednesday. "I am the same and would like to play week in, week out - but what I can do is to train well and by doing so, get an opportunity and then try to take it by playing well, and then let the manager decide".