Three Southampton players that must step up vs Liverpool

Southampton will look to take a big step towards the League Cup final at Wembley when they host Liverpool in the first leg of their semi-final tie at St Mary’s on Wednesday night.

Saints boss Claude Puel and his side will be desperate to beat the Reds and advance to being one match from glory – especially with the club’s last major trophy win coming more than 40 years ago in the FA Cup.

However, the South Coast outfit come into this clash in poor form and with the news that captain Jose Fonte has handed in a transfer request – suggesting he will leave the club this month.

Puel’s men did end a run of three straight Premier League defeats with a 2-2 draw at Norwich in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday, although they would have been thoroughly disappointed to concede an injury-time equaliser against the Canaries after Virgil van Dijk and Maya Yohsida had twice put the visitors in front.

Here are THREE Saints players that must step up against Liverpool if Southampton are going to lift the trophy this year.