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  • David Tyrer

Match Preview: Southampton vs Liverpool

Date & time: Friday 5th April 2019, 8pm BST

Where: St. Mary's

What channel: Sky Sports Premier League

Referee: Paul Tierney


The boys will arrive at St. Mary's tomorrow night having gone over a dozen games unbeaten since we lost 2 back-to-back in the Premier League and then FA Cup. We've lost just once all season in the league and just 6 times all season overall.


Considering there are potentially another 11 games remaining in Liverpool's season, that's a remarkable record and could end with a Premier League and Champions League double.


But first, we have to navigate our way past Southampton and it won't be easy. The Saints are just 5 points above Cardiff who sit on 28 points and occupy the final relegation spot.


Ralph Hasenhuttl's side won't be giving Jurgen Klopp and his players a 'gimme', like so many have Man City this season either.


Having taken maximum points from their last 2 games too, they're likely to be in great spirits and Klopp won't be expecting an easy game, that's for sure.


Injuries & Suspension

Once again, Oxlade-Chamberlain isn't likely to be in the match-day squad, but otherwise Klopp will have a fully-fit and ready-to-go squad to choose from.


For Southampton, Jannik Vestergaard, Mario Lemina and Michael Obafemi are all out, whilst Danny Ings is ineligible due to the terms of his loan. Shane Long is also a doubt.


Form

Southampton: L-W-L-W-W (all comps)

Liverpool: D-W-W-W-W (all comps)


Predicted line-up

With us having a fully-fit squad available, we're expecting a slight change-up in midfield with Fabinho being - thankfully - restored to the starting 11.


Despite the struggle against Spurs though, it's hard to see Klopp going for it against a potentially tough opponent who are fighting to grab those last few points to secure safety.


All-in-all, don't be surprised to see a combination of 3 from Fabinho, Milner, Henderson and Wijnaldum. At this point, even Adam Lallana would be a preferred option for add some much-needed creativity into that midfield. Ideally, it'd be Keita or Shaqiri.


Starting line-up: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson, Salah and Firmino.



 

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