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Preview: EFL Cup Semi-Final first legs

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Southampton players celebrate in the EFL Cup

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22:24 10th January 2017

by Alex Butcher

The EFL Cup gets back under way this week, with four clubs battling it out to book a place in the Final at Wembley next month.

Manchester United, Hull City, Southampton and Liverpool are the teams who will contest the semi-finals, and the first of the two-legged ties are now upon us.

Referees: Click here for the EFL Cup Semi-Final first leg match officials

Southampton v Liverpool

The first leg between Southampton and Liverpool takes place on Wednesday, and the hosts will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last season's EFL Cup hammering at the hands of the eventual finalists.

Jurgen Klopp's first game in charge of the Reds came in this competition – a 1-0 win over Bournemouth – and they then hit the Saints for six at St Mary's in the following round.

Southampton's only scorer in that 6-1 loss, Saido Mane, is now a regular in Klopp's side, joining the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana in making the move to Merseyside from the south coast.

And while Liverpool have hit 12 goals on their way to this stage this time around, Claude Puel's men are yet to concede in the tournament, and kept the visitors at bay in a goalless Premier League draw in November.

Sofiane Boufal has stood out for Southampton in previous rounds along with some of the club's young stars, while teenage talents such as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn have caught the eye for the Reds.

How they got here

Southampton:

Round Three: Crystal Palace (H) – 2-0
Round Four: Sunderland (H) – 1-0
Quarter-Finals: Arsenal (A) – 2-0

Liverpool:

Round Two: Burton Albion (A) 5-0
Round Three: Derby County (A) 3-0
Round Four: Tottenham Hotspur (H) 2-1
Quarter-Finals: Leeds United (H) 2-0

Manchester United v Hull City (2-0 agg) 

Old Trafford was the first port of call for the EFL Cup Semi-Finals on Tuesday, where Jose Mourinho's Manchester United welcomed Hull City.

United took a big step towards Wembley Stadium by beating the Tigers 2-0, courtesy of second-half goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini.

Read more: Review: Manchester United defeat Hull City in EFL Cup Semi-Final first leg

Hull now have it all to do in the second leg on Thursday 26th January if they are to reach their maiden EFL Cup Final.

Follow the EFL Cup live!

Sky Sports will be screening the first legs of both EFL Cup Semi-Finals this week, with Southampton and Liverpool - a 7:45pm kick-off at St Mary's - being shown on Wednesday 11th January.

You can also keep up to speed with the EFL Cup by following us on Twitter, Facebook, and searching for the #EFLCup hashtag!

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