• David Tyrer

Match Preview: Southampton vs Liverpool

Date & time: Saturday August 17th, 3pm

Where: St Mary’s Stadium

Referee: Andre Marriner

After a real slog in mid-week, when Chelsea dragged Liverpool through extra-time and to a penalty shootout, there's sure to be some tiredness today.

We can only hope the team have taken all three points already by then, because we don't want a repeat of this fixture from last season, when the Reds looked tired and leggy.

Thankfully, with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gini Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi rested from the start on Wednesday, and the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Adam Lallana not making it off the bench, there is some scope for rotation again.

As to what Jurgen chooses to do remains to be seen. After today's fixture the Reds don't play again until Arsenal at Anfield next Saturday night.

But, griping aside, let's not forget we won another trophy in the week and that alone can often provide enough of an energy boost to carry players through those energy barriers.

Injuries & Suspension

Another game, another goalie injured, as Adrian managed to make it through the 120 minutes and the pens without incident, before being injured by a fan in the aftermath.

Early reports indicated that he was a major doubt for today, but he seemed confident last night that he would be ready. Let's be honest, he doesn't want to miss his big chance

Otherwise, we're still without Naby Keita, Nathaniel Clyne and, of course, Alisson. We'll almost certainly see some rotation today.

For Southampton, there are no new injury worries, meaning they can field their strongest side, particularly after a week-long break since that heavy defeat at home to Burnley.

Previous 5 meetings:

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

Predicted line-up

It's hard to really know how the boss will go for today's game. There should be rotation, but there's no guarantee it'll be what you'd expect.

Fabinho and the captain could both do with a break after playing the entire game on Wednesday night, but don't be surprised if one or both start.

Similarly, Mo Salah played another 90 minutes after barely a 10 day pre-season, but he's probably too important to just rest.

Predicted line-up: Adrian, Robertson, Trent, Van Dijk, Matip, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Lallana, Shaqiri, Salaha and Firmino.


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