Match Preview: Liverpool vs Southampton
Date & time: February 1st 2020, 15:00
Is it on: No, sadly!
Ref: Kevin Friend
The Reds will take on Southampton tomorrow at Anfield, in our first match back at home since 19th January when we beat Manchester United.
Southampton though, will present us with a very different proposition. A team on the up, who finally appears to have 'got' what Hasenhuttl was trying to sell to them.
The South-coast team will come to play. Play intelligently but, like Wolves, they'll play a high-intensity, high-pressing game and will cause us problems, that's for sure.
Their main man that'll cause us problems is, of course, very familiar to us: Danny Ings. The in-form English striker at the moment and he'll be desperate to prove a point on his return.
But it'll no doubt be in the player's (and Klopp's) minds right now: three more points, three more points. It'll be like a mantra. Keep picking up points until we put it beyond doubt.
So bring Southampton on, we say, and let's put them to the sword and take ourselves another step further toward our first title in thirty years.
Injuries & Suspension
It's a bit of a case of 'same' for Liverpool, with Fabinho, Matip and Lovren all having taken a few more days of training to re-integrate themselves into the squad and perhaps give themselves a chance of a start.
Klopp did admit today though, that it's probably a bit too soon for us to welcome back James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri. The same can be said for Sadio Mane who is expected back after the winter break. Big Div will return after suffering from cramp, thankfully.
For Southampton it's pretty much 'as you were' with only Stuart Armstrong being missing, so Hasenhuttl will have a relatively strong squad to choose from.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): W-W-W-D-W
Southampton (all comps): W-W-L-W-D
Predicted Line up
Jurgen has insisted that he won't field any senior players, nor will he be around, for the FA Cup replay on the 4th February. Will he have a change of heart?
Doubtful. But keep an eye on his starting line-up tomorrow afternoon. It may give some indication as to whether he fancies changing his tune and giving the likes of Fabinho, Lovren, etc. a second chance to redeem themselves.
Otherwise, I reckon we may see at least one change tomorrow, with Takumin Minamino given his first start in the Premier League. Perhaps even Naby Keita will get a run-out ahead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Takumi Minamino, Salah, Firmino.