Saints chief makes Reds’ pressure claim

Boss Claude Puel claims the pressure is on Liverpool ahead of Southampton’s EFL Cup semi-final second leg at Anfield on Wednesday.

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The Saints travel to Merseyside boasting a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Nathan Redmond goal in the first meeting at St Mary’s and will now look to reach their first major final since 2003.

However, Puel’s opposite number Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for an instant response from his side after their Premier League winless streak extended to three games with a 3-2 home defeat against Swansea.

Many have questioned if the Saints can handle the rousing atmosphere at one of world’s football most iconic stadiums but Puel insists his previous experience at Anfield, with Lyon in 2009, will help him equip his squad and prepare Southampton for a game of this magnitude.

“Of course, it is special to play at Liverpool but I think it will be an exciting game,” Puel said.

“We are not afraid about this. For me, it is the same. I played one game there. It was a good memory. It was with Lyon (in 2009) we played in the Champions League and we won.

“It is important for all of the players, the squad, to play this game with a positive attitude. It will be a difficult game but with all possibilities.

“If we respect our play and quality, it will be dangerous and not good to just defend and try to preserve this lead, it is not possible.

“We will see the result. We are not the favourites, it is the second leg away against a great team with great players but it is a positive because the pressure is on them not us.”

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