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Predicted Liverpool Lineup To Face Southampton In The Premier League

After a breathtaking encounter against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield last weekend, Liverpool travel to Southampton on Sunday with a hope of picking up all three points. The Reds were left disappointed with the manner they dropped points against Spurs but they will be buoyant against the Saints, who are struggling to win games under Mauricio Pellegrino.

Jurgen Klopp is expected to pick a strong XI but with an eye on next week’s Champions League away clash against FC Porto. The last time Liverpool and Southampton met, it ended in a thumping 3-0 win for the former. Let’s hope we succeed in doing a season double over the Saints on Sunday.

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Klopp will not rush Adam Lallana, who has missed the club’s games following a muscle complaint against Swansea. Our gaffer says:

“He is on the way back again this season. We will not rush it, for sure. He’s an option for the squad.”

Joe Gomez sat out the 2-2 draw with Tottenham last Sunday due to a knee issue and could miss out against Southampton, while Ragnar Klavan and Alberto Moreno could make a return to the squad. Meanwhile, Nathaniel Clyne remains out following a back operation.

Probable Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Loris Karius (GK)

Karius did well against Spurs, saving Harry Kane’s first penalty. He wasn’t at fault for Wanyama’s goal though, as the midfielder scored a peach of a goal in front of the Kop.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)

The youngster has dished out impressive performances this season. With Gomez unlikely to return at the weekend, Alexander-Arnold is set to continue at right-back.

Dejan Lovren (CB)

Lovren has improved markedly for the Reds lately. He is expected to line up alongside Virgil van Dijk.

Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

This is the first time Van Dijk is returning to St. Mary’s after his switch to Liverpool. Expect him to come strong amidst all the anticipated jeers from the home crowd.

Andrew Robertson (LB)

Robertson has been terrific since being given a late run of games due to Moreno’s injury.

Jordan Henderson (DM)

Henderson receives unnecessary flak for his performances but very few understand his importance in the team. The skipper is a vital cog in Liverpool’s machine and will be tasked with shielding the back-four.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (CM)

Chamberlain has succeeded in shutting up his critics with his performances since moving from Arsenal in the summer. He will bring a lot of energy and buzz in the midfield should Klopp decide to select him against Southampton.

Emre Can (CM)

Can is a tireless worker for the team and Klopp would certainly need his strength and stamina at St.Mary’s.


Mohamed Salah (RW)

With every passing week, Salah is getting better and better. The Egyptian scored a brace against Tottenham and many would predict him to be on the score-sheet on Sunday again.

Sadio Mane (LW)

Another Liverpool star returns to his former club. Mane has blown hot and cold this season and it is high-time the Senegalese star becomes a consistent performer for Klopp.


Roberto Firmino (ST)

No prizes for guessing who will lead the line; Firmino is a sure-shot starter for the weekend encounter. He is one of the first few names to be on the teamsheet.

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“You have to be smart” – Jurgen Klopp highlights tweaks to Liverpool’s style this season



Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that the team have worked on the defensive aspect of their play and are avoiding going all-out when in the lead.

The Reds have not been as free-flowing in their attack when compared to the previous season. However, their defence has been one of the best in the league.

Klopp’s team have conceded just three goals from nine Premier League games. Liverpool, along with Chelsea and Manchester City, have made an exemplary start to the season and have all established their dominion in the English top flight.

Klopp was quoted by the Daily Star as saying:

“It’s a normal period of adaptation.

“You put the focus a bit more on something and immediately you lose a bit of the fluency in something else.”

Jurgen Klopp & Xherdan Shaqiri

The German added that we have had good results and wanted the team to get better.

“We have already had good results and scored goals but it’s obvious that we can improve.

“But we need to keep the stability – no doubt about that. What we’ve done defensively so far is credit to the whole team.”

Klopp further claimed that the first part of the season lays the foundations for the rest of the campaign.

“That first part of the season is the basis for the rest of the season so let’s use it. We are growing as a team in a specific way and hopefully we can use that.”

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The manager added that the team is sitting back more after taking leads, especially due to the number of games in the league.

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“An unleashed beast now” – Some Liverpool supporters love youngster’s performance in 1-0 win over Huddersfield



Joe Gomez Liverpool

Liverpool needed a Mohamed Salah goal to get the three points against Huddersfield. The Reds were nowhere close to their fluent best from last season and endured some nervy moments as the home side threatened on numerous occasions.

The Reds were horrible with their passes in the final third and that should be a worry for the rest of the campaign.

However, Joe Gomez was the outstanding player in our defence. The English youngster played a role in our goal and did a great job as the right-back.

Although he wasn’t partnered with Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the defence, the 21-year-old was excellent.

A number of Liverpool fans picked up on this and applauded Gomez’s performance in the game.

Read more: Joe Gomez stars: Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Huddersfield

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Joe Gomez stars: Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Huddersfield



Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Liverpool endured a frustrating night against Huddersfield as their attack failed to click. Mohamed Salah’s first half effort was the only goal of the game, and there wasn’t much goal-mouth action to speak off.

Huddersfield actually had some of the better chances in the second half and even had an effort ruled offside in the first.

Liverpool were wasteful in possession, and their passing in the final third was awful, however, Huddersfield could not take advantage of this.

The Reds kept the pressure on Manchester City as the pair are tied on 23 points, but we are second in the table due to City’s better goal difference.

There weren’t many standout performers for the Reds in this evening’s clash and here are the player ratings from the game.

Alisson – 6.5/10

Had one nervy moment when his clearance was charged down, but he did make one decent save in the game. The Brazilian was beaten by a thunderous drive but that effort came off the post.

Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez – 7.5/10

Possibly our best player on the night. Gomez helped create the first goal and did a decent job as right-back.

Dejan Lovren – 7/10

The Croatian had one or two iffy moments but this was another quality performance from the former Saint.

Virgil van Dijk – 6.5/10

Van Dijk was quality in the first half but made a couple of mistakes in the second. Thankfully, the home side could not take advantage of the same.

Andy Robertson – 7/10

The Scot was willing to help out in attack, and he did well to track back and defend down the left side.

James Milner – 7/10

Another decent outing by the Englishman, Milner did his regular bit in the middle of the park and kept things going.

Jordan Henderson – 6/10

The captain was taken off during half-time and hopefully, he didn’t pick up a serious injury.

Adam Lallana – 6.5/10

This was Lallana’s first start this season, and he did a decent job with his tricks and flicks. The Englishman had to be replaced with some cramp during the end of the second half.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7/10

The Swiss was the spark that created our only goal of the game. Shaqiri tried to create chances but something was missing in the final output.

Mohamed Salah – 7/10

Salah might have gotten the goal but he was wasteful in the final third and often made the wrong pass.

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge – 6.5/10

Another player that seemed to be out of sorts, Sturridge had chances to score but often missed the target. The Englishman was even booked for needlessly blasting the ball over the bar.


Georginio Wijnaldum – 6.5/10

The Dutchman was quality since he came on at half-time.

Fabinho – 5/10

The midfielder did an alright job but needs more time on the pitch.

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Roberto Firmino – NA

The Brazilian also was sloppy in attack and made a few mistakes with his passes.

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