I expect Liverpool to rest some players and to try to avoid injuries since they will have a big game against Manchester United in Premier League on 15th January and maybe they will fight for qualification in the 2nd leg.
Southampton is on 10th place in Premier League with 24 points, 9 points away from relegation and 17 points away from a place which can take them to Europe League, so that means they can focus on cup games and since they have the advantage of playing at home, I guess they can get a point from this game.
Claude Puel does not intend to include Fonte, who put in a transfer request last week, until after the transfer window closes and Boufal has pulled out of playing in the African Nations Cup due to a knee injury.
Charlie Austin (shoulder), Matt Targett (hamstring), Cedric Soares (head) and Alex McCarthy (hamstring) all remain sidelined.
Coutinho is set to make his return after nearly seven weeks out with ankle ligament damage but is likely to be on the bench, while Loris Karius should continue in goal following his clean sheet against Plymouth.
Jordan Henderson (heel) will not resume full training until Thursday, but centre-back Joel Matip (ankle) could make the squad as he seeks to prove his fitness ahead of Sunday***8217;s trip to United.
Liverpool will also miss Danny Ings due to a knee injury which is ruling him out for the season and Sadio Mane as he is on international duty.
Southampton: Fraser Forster, Cedric Soares, Maya Yoshida, Virgil van Dijk, Ryan Bertrand, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oriol Romeu, Curtis Davies, Dusan Tadic, Shane Long, Nathan Redmond
Liverpool: Loris Karius, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, James Milner, Georginio WIjnaldum, Emre Can, Ovie Ejaria, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana.
***8220;There is no more pressure on us. It is an opportunity. It is always a new day. I said to the lads last year it would not be the last final they would be involved in and this is the first chance to prove this.***8221;
***8211; Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool
My predictions: Both teams to score @1.87
/ Southampton +0.5AH @1.81