Picking the Best Potential Southampton XI to Play Liverpool in Wednesday's League Cup Semi-Final

Picking the Best Potential Southampton XI to Play Liverpool in Wednesday's League Cup Semi-Final

​Southampton led twice, only to draw 2-2 with Championship side Norwich City in their last match. The Saints are going through something of a mini-crisis, losing their last three Premier League games and conceding nine goals in the process. 


Here's the best potential Southampton side to face Liverpool in the League Cup semi-final on Wednesday as they look to put an end to their bad run...

Goalkeeper

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​Fraser Forster is Southampton's first choice goalkeeper and will start in a massive cup clash for the Saints. 

Defence

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  • Yoshida
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  • Virgil
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  • Bertrand
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The issues between Claude Puel and Jose Fonte remain unsolved, with the defender omitted from the squad to face Liverpool in this semi-final match.


After handing in a transfer request, the Portuguese looks increasingly likely to leave the club, with Manchester United a rumoured potential destination.


Cedric Soares is a doubt for the game with a head injury, meaning academy starlet Sam McQueen is likely to deputise.


Virgil van Dijk, who scored in the 2-2 draw with Norwich, alongside Maya Yoshida who scored the other goal against the Canaries.

Midfield

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  • Romeu
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  • Ward-Prowse
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​Oriol Romeu has been one of most impressive Southampton players in a topsy-turvy season so far and will provide the defensive cover in midfield when they face Liverpool.


Alongside him ought to be Jordie Clasie and James Ward-Prowse; the latter could end up on the wing in place of the injured Sofiane Boufal if Puel chooses to opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation instead.

Forwards

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  • Rodriguez
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  • Redmond
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Shane Long doesn't have a particularly impressive goalscoring tally since joining the Saints, with just 15 goals in 71 appearances. ​As a result, Jay Rodriguez has taken the place of the injured Charlie Austin after overcoming injury problems of his own.


Dusan Tadic and Nathan Redmond will need to do everything they can up front alongside Rodriguez to stand a chance of beating Liverpool, who are the second-highest scoring team in Europe with 48 goals; Monaco are first with 56.