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.
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
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 (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.
“Show me a club with more heart” – Some Liverpool fans shower love on Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish for meeting 104-year-old fan
There was one special fan who got the chance to meet Jurgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, 104-year-old Bernard Sheridan.
The fan was specially invited to the game by Klopp, and it was incredible seeing the supporter meet the legend Dalglish and our current manager.
The fan seemed excited to meet Klopp and also shared a joke or two with Dalglish, and he certainly would have enjoyed the game, even though we made tough work of Palace.
The supporter was just a few days away from his birthday and it was a great present, to be fair.
The moment 104-year-old Reds fan, Bernard Sheridan, met Jürgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after the Palace game.
Happy birthday, Bernard. ❤ pic.twitter.com/YMcAotaDmv
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 22, 2019
The Reds have been on overdrive regarding their meetings with fans in recent weeks, and acts such as these bring the supporters closer to the club.
Klopp and the rest of the team have created an incredible atmosphere at Anfield, and the fans seem to be doing their bit as well.
The win over Palace ensured we have a four point lead over Manchester City going into a mini-break, and we need to keep picking up the points.
The Reds haven’t won the Premier League ever, and with the backing of fans such as Sheridan, there is a chance of us breaking the duck.
Several Liverpool fans were pleased with this latest touch and shared their reactions on Twitter.
@KevRedCon this is what Liverpool fc is all about.
— John kelly (@jonhkelly1981) January 22, 2019
My Liverpool is more than a football club………Family, and we look after our own
— kenny (@Kennedy20686482) January 22, 2019
He has seen more than any reds out there.Hope he gets to see us win the league this time
— Neymar (@Suvendra6) January 22, 2019
Wow. ❤️💯 Show me a club with more heart for reals! 🔥
— Liverpool stan ✊ (@MelissaJacobs12) January 22, 2019
love the King and Klopp and respect their hectic schedule. How nice if they could have invited him for a cup of tea to hear about the old days of the club…like the early 20th century.
— Mick (@MICKDXB) January 22, 2019
Sir Kenny a class act
— Liam Smith (@Liam229Smith) January 22, 2019
It’s lovely to see such warm gestures from a club that’s so close to my heart. Feels like I’ve been there, although I’ve never been. Would love to meet them all one day. Hopefully soon. #YNWA
— R Mansingh (@rmansinghani) January 22, 2019
This is Anfield, where dreams are made.
— Howard howface (@HowardHomix1) January 22, 2019
Liverpool set to break world-record annual net profit for football clubs
The Reds had a fantastic campaign last season reaching the Champions League final. The report claims that the Reds banked €81.3million as they finished the competition as runners-ups, and since they did not take part in the Champions League in 2016-17, this is seen as a top-line growth.
There were some major signings at the club with Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virgil van Dijk signing, but their costs will most likely be spread over their contract lengths, as per the report. Liverpool also sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January for around €130million.
The Mirror adds that Inside World Football’s calculations came after a UEFA statement claimed that Leicester City had held the previous record thanks to their Champions League exploits after winning the Premier League.
Liverpool also have had several sponsorship deals over the years since FSG took over, and this latest news shows how healthy the club is financially.
We have also spent money wisely with most of our transfers working out, and this season is a testament to how far we have come under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds lead the Premier League and are still competing in the Champions League. Hopefully, we make the season count and win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.
“I see him staying with us for the next two or three years” – Blow for Klopp as Bundesliga boss claims Liverpool target isn’t moving soon
The German striker has been one of the brightest stars for the Bundesliga side and even represented the national team at the 2018 World Cup.
Werner is just 22, and the Mirror reports that the Reds have been linked with a move for the Bundesliga ace.
Bayern Munich are also keeping tabs on the versatile forward, as per the report, but Rangnick believes Leipzig could keep Werner.
Speaking to Sky Germany (h/t Mirror), Rangnick also conceded that battling Munich’s interest will be difficult:
“If Bayern are serious, then it will be difficult for us. But they often play with one striker, so I see him staying with us for the next two or three years.”
The report adds that the Leipzig boss also claimed Werner would not be leaving to a rival club in the January window.
The forward has scored 11 times from 18 Bundesliga games this season and can play as the central striker or wide left.
The 22-year-old would make an excellent addition to the Liverpool team, and he would provide cover to our front three.
Rangnick’s comments are expected as no club would want to lose their top player, especially to a rival club, and it will be interesting to see how things develop in the summer regarding the striker.