Liverpool v Southampton
Liverpool host Southampton at Anfield tonight in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final.
With Manchester United winning the first leg of their tie against Hull last night, Liverpool will be have added incentive and motivation to reach the final for a possible date with their Mancunian rivals.
And Jurgen Klopp has shown how seriously he’s taking this competition, by naming a very strong starting lineup, which features a surprise on the bench.
That’s right: Coutinho is back.
The Brazilian sustained an injury last November which has kept him sidelined ever sine, but he’s now finally back in condition to play.
Coutinho had been in sparkling form for the Reds prior to his injury, and their title hopes rest largely on his shoulders.
Not to suggest Liverpool are a one-man-team, but without doubt Coutinho is their biggest attacking threat; he both creates and scores a large proportion of Liverpool’s goals.
Coutinho in the team sheet for the match semifinal
— غبوش LFC# (@Waelhashimhamza) January 11, 2017
Coutinho is back! pic.twitter.com/Nt8LlEAxdD
— FantasyFootball Aide (@FF_Aide) January 11, 2017
It’s good to see the little magician back tonight #Coutinho even tho! He’s on the bench
— Jay.Jay (@raptorrapied) January 11, 2017
Coutinho is back
— Cindy™ (@Cindymonel) January 11, 2017
— Josh Tuck (@tuckels62) January 11, 2017
Coutinho back on the bench you say pic.twitter.com/TARLqWKKCN
— Anything Liverpool (@Anything_LFC) January 11, 2017
— The American Kop (@theamericankop) January 11, 2017
Coutinho on the bench. Brilliant news.
— Æ (@ukxnt) January 11, 2017
Coutinho back just in time to end united on Sunday :)
— Nemi (@Nemi_SP) January 11, 2017
Coutinho makes the bench. Hold me. #LFC
— suneil saraf (@aboycalledsu) January 11, 2017
Qué genial ver a Coutinho de nuevo.
— Ricardo. (@RicardoVega_21) January 11, 2017
Coutinho is back yesssss
— Luke (@OversizedTit) January 11, 2017
Philly Coutinho back on the bench there pic.twitter.com/SAGOEAl3po
— Phil (@AthleticPhilbao) January 11, 2017
I want someone to hug me like Brady’s hugging Coutinho pic.twitter.com/c1tmZjbJ9o
— Jakob (@HorsemanZiik) January 11, 2017