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Reds eyeing silver in EFL Cup

Frank Monkhouse | 25 January 2017

Liverpool are the competition’s most successful side, and can enhance that

The EFL Cup Semi-Final second-leg matches go ahead this midweek, and Coral’s football team look at the possible winners of the season’s first piece of silverware.

Manchester United go into the week as the most likely victors, with our traders offering Mourinho’s boys at 7/10, a price which would suggest they are nailed-on. But is there another angle, one that would throw up a bit of value?

Klopp’s boys have history

Liverpool rate as the League Cup’s most successful side to date, and by a considerable margin too, hoisting up the trophy no less than eight times, last in 2012. Nearest rivals in the list go as Aston Villa with five, but it’ll be a while before they are back at Wembley, in this format anyway.

Jurgen Klopp’s side blazed a trail of glory all the way to the final last year, and came within touching distance of adding number nine, losing to Man City on penalties after the rivals couldn’t be separated in normal play. Coutinho scored a late equaliser that day, but was one of three reds to miss from the spot, alongside Lucas and Lallana. Navas, Aguero and Toure stuck blue ribbons on the prize.

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Liverpool need goals vs Southampton

Reds back for more

Klopp hasn’t let that near-miss affect his confidence and Liverpool have beaten Burton Albion 5-0, Derby County 3-0, Spurs 2-1 and Leeds 2-0 on-route this season. Their push hit a snag at St Mary’s last time out however, losing 1-0 to Southampton in the first-leg.

They look to overturn that deficit at Anfield on Wednesday evening, in front of the Sky Sports cameras, and we offer them as 4/9 jollies to get the match win, while -1 goal on the handicap, a result they need to qualify, has been cast out at 27/20.

Liverpool must be fancied in front of their own fans, and they certainly haven’t been set an impossible task after the first-leg. The Reds have shown already this season that they have a real passion for this competition and, with that in mind, and their history, they look a smart play in the outright market at the 11/5 currently available with us.

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