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League Cup Semi-Final: Liverpool v Southampton And Man United v Hull

efl-cupLiverpool and Manchester United are on course for Wembley showdown after both sides were kept apart in the League Cup semi-final draw.

Manchester United will play Hull in the semi-finals while Liverpool will take on Southampton. The two-legged semi-final ties will be played in the weeks commencing 9 and 23 January 2017.

United, who beat West Ham 4-1 in the last eight, will play the first leg of their semi-final at Old Trafford.

United manager Jose Mourinho said his team would forget about the semi-finals until the new year.

“The two legs take a little bit of emotion out of the draw, because the situation of playing away or home doesn’t exist anymore,” said the Portuguese.

“I’m sure Hull have an amazing memory from Wembley and I’m sure they’ll try everything to be there again.

“Manchester United were at Wembley last season. It’s January so now we forget this semi-final, but hopefully we can reach the final.”

Hull, who reached the FA Cup final in 2014, needed penalties to overcome Championship leaders Newcastle on Tuesday.

For Mike Phelan and Hull City, the competition is a ray of light in what has otherwise been a rather disappointing return to the Premier League for the Tigers. Phelan was Sir Alex Ferguson’s trusted second-fiddle at United, but this time around, he can rest assured that he will get no favours from his old team.

Southampton, comfortable winners over Arsenal on Wednesday, will host in-form Liverpool at St Mary’s before the return leg at Anfield.

Claude Puel’s Southampton have flown under the radar but have performed reasonably well. The Saints played Liverpool at St. Mary’s only two weeks ago, with a resolute defensive performance earning them a 0-0 draw. Virgil Van Dijk and Jose Fonte stood tall on that day, and they will once again be the lynchpins for the Saints against Klopp’s men.

Liverpool, winners of the competition a record eight times and finalists in 2016, saw off Leeds on Tuesday with a 2-0 win at Anfield.
For Klopp, this is his third semifinal appearance in his time at Liverpool. Both the previous ones ended in victory, but Liverpool faltered at the final hurdle – against Man City in the League Cup final and against Sevilla in the Europa League final last year in Basel.

EFL Cup Semi-Finals First Leg
Tuesday, January 8: Manchester United v Hull (Old Trafford) – Buy Tickets
Wednesday, January 9: Southampton v Liverpool (St Mary’s) – Buy Tickets

Second Leg
Wednesday, January 25: Liverpool v Southampton (Anfield) – Buy Tickets
Thursday, January 26: Hull v Manchester United (KCOM Stadium) – Buy Tickets

EFL Cup Final
Sundqy February 2 at Wembley – Buy Tickets

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • luqman August 24, 2016, 6:35 pm

    This is our turn Up Up Goners

  • integrity August 17, 2016, 11:40 am

    it is Chelsea turn to win Carlin cup

  • Butch Erlenbaugh December 19, 2011, 7:59 pm

    Any hopes for Crystal Palace boys pulling it through ??

    • David December 20, 2011, 5:44 pm

      They have a really good shot of going to Wembley Butch. A lot will depend on how they do in the home leg.

  • elimu February 2, 2011, 10:03 am

    arsenal will kill birminghum

  • joseph January 31, 2011, 5:54 am

    the decision to win the cup is in the hand of Arsene b/s if they use full squad …i think they will lift the cup but i don’t think the secong squad is fit to bit birningham……………

  • Segun January 27, 2011, 4:39 am

    I hope Arsenal will lift carling cup trophy this glorious season, arsene wenger should and start with team full squad in order to be victorious.

    • Martin February 16, 2015, 5:44 am

      Hahaha, maybe the Fa cup, but unlike the comment you made this time, try not be so forth coming 😉

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