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Latest team news: Southampton vs. Liverpool

The latest team news as Southampton host Liverpool in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

Jurgen Klopp takes his Liverpool side to Southampton on Wednesday night looking to stake a claim for a spot in the EFL Cup final for the second season in a row.

The first leg of the tie could see the much-anticipated return of midfielder Philippe Coutinho for the Reds after Klopp revealed that the Brazilian is now "fit enough" having recovered from an ankle injury that has kept him out since late November.

James Milner (calf) is also back in contention but Jordan Henderson (heel), Marko Grujic (tendon) and Joel Matip (ankle) will not be ready in time.

Klopp has also revealed that Loris Karius is "pretty likely" to retain his place between the sticks for the encounter, having come in for Simon Mignolet for the goalless draw with Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.

Adam Bogdan and Danny Ings are both longer-term absentees with knee injuries.

For the hosts, manager Claude Puel has revealed that wantaway skipper Jose Fonte will not feature for the Saints amid speculation that he will join Klopp's side this month.

Attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal had been due to feature for Morocco at the Africa Cup of Nations this month but has been ruled out of the competition with a knee injury and is likely to remain on the sidelines until the end of the month.

Cedric Soares is back in contention after missing Saturday's 2-2 FA Cup draw at Norwich City with a head injury picked up in the last league game, a 3-0 defeat at Everton, while Cuco Martina also missed the Canaries game with an illness but is now fit again.

Alex McCarthy is not quite ready to feature following a hamstring injury suffered last October, although Puel has confirmed that young midfielder Jake Hesketh is now back in full training after a few months out.

Long-term absentees include Matt Targett (hamstring), Charlie Austin (shoulder) and Jeremy Pied (knee).

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks on during his side's Premier League clash with Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016
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Saturday's key events


TRIATHLON
· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

SWIMMING
· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

ATHLETICS
· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

SAILING
· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

TENNIS
· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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