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Southampton receive frustrating news ahead of crucial EFL Cup tie with Liverpool

Our Southampton fans here in the Transfer Tavern can’t wait to see their club take to the Anfield pitch later tonight but, as reported by The Sun, they’ll be without Virgil Van Dijk.

The Saints are facing Liverpool tonight in the semi-final of the EFL Cup.

They’ve got the upper hand, too, with a 1-0 lead from the first leg thanks to Nathan Redmond’s goal.

In truth it could have been a bigger lead after Liverpool’s poor showing at St. Mary’s whilst the Saints’ clean sheet will also be crucial.

Any chance of a repeat shut-out, though, has taken a hit with the news that Virgil Van Dijk is set to be out injured until April.

The Dutch defender has been one the best in the league this season and so is bound to be a huge miss as the Saints look to reach a final.

He sustained the injury after a clash with Jamie Vardy at the weekend against Leicester and had to go off with later tests revealing the extent of the issue.

Our Saints fans are pretty downcast about that but a win tonight would surely soften the blow.

How big a miss will Van Dijk be, Saints fans? Let us know below!

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