With one cup game out of the way, Liverpool now prepare for their first-leg tussle with Saints on Wednesday, with both sides on the verge of a Wembley final.
As football matches go, this is a very tough one to predict – here’s a look at some of the best odds with Gambling Websites ahead of the game.
This feels like one of those matches that could easily be decided by a moment of individual class or a sloppy error from either side.
Liverpool are seen as the narrow favourites to take a lead back to Anfield, although the fact that they are not odds-on is a sign that the bookies don’t fancy them strongly.
The Reds are 5/4 for the win – it would be their first at St Mary’s in three attempts – while Claude Puel’s side are 13/5 to take an advantage with them to Merseyside.
The draw is also 11/5, which in terms of value and likelihood, definitely looks the shrewdest bet of the three.
You feel both Klopp and Puel would be fairly content with a share of the spoils.
Daniel Sturridge has been looking sharp of late, and he is now definitely deserving of a start.
Sturridge stands a good chance of being heavily involved against Saints, and his superb double at St Mary’s in last season’s League Cup quarter-final perfectly illustrated the brilliance the striker possesses.
The 27-year-old is 9/2 to score first and send Liverpool on the road to victory, and also 5/1 to score a potentially crucial last goal in the game.
Divock Origi may keep his place, despite some disappointing form of late, and the Belgian is 17/10 to register anytime.
That looks a safer bet than backing him as first scorer, in case he starts on the substitutes’ bench.
Shane Long is seen as Southampton‘s most likely source of a goal – he is 15/2 to score first and 2/1 to breach the Liverpool defence at some point during proceedings.
Southampton are well-respected for their defensive qualities, and Liverpool, for all the unfair press they receive, have also been solid for much of the campaign.
Because of this, Wednesday’s game could be a tight affair, with goals few and far between.
While the Both Teams to Score market has ‘Yes’ at 4/5, going the opposite way and backing ‘No’ (10/11) is a better bet.
Similarly, putting some money on under 2.5 goals (8/11) looks inviting, even if Liverpool have the ability to blow any team away on their day.
They have been low-key in front of goal of late, and that may well continue at St Mary’s.
Prediction: Southampton 0-1 Liverpool