Liverpool will travel to the St. Mary’s Stadium to clash heads with Southampton on Sunday afternoon hoping to build on their UEFA Super Cup win versus Chelsea in midweek. Jurgen Klopp’s men were far from their best in Istanbul, but they still managed to beat the Pensioners via penalties to lift the famous European trophy for the fourth time in their history.
Jurgen Klopp is expected to stick with his 4-3-3 formation and might make a few changes to his starting XI for this league encounter against the South-coast outfit.
4-3-3 Liverpool Predicted Lineup To Face Southampton
Alisson Becker will be out of action for several weeks after suffering a calf injury against Norwich City last week. Adrian will keep his place in goal after his midweek heroics as he helped Liverpool win the UEFA Super Cup after he saved Tammy Abraham’s crucial spot-kick during Wednesday’s penalty shootout. The Spanish goalie has now become a fan-favourite at the red half of Merseyside despite being out of work just a few weeks ago.
Joel Matip and Virgil Van Dijk will lineup together at the centre of the Liverpool backline as they look to keep a clean sheet against the Saints on Sunday afternoon. Trent Alexander-Arnold will operate in the right-back position as he aims to deliver some dangerous crosses into the Southampton penalty box. Andrew Robertson was poor in midweek and will be desperate to put in an improved performance at the St. Mary’s Stadium this weekend.
Klopp might go with the midfield three of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum as long as they can recover in time for this Premier League clash away at the South-coast of England. Both Henderson and Fabinho played for the full 120 minutes against Chelsea in midweek and will be in a race against time to be fit for this encounter.
James Milner and Adam Lallana will have to settle for a spot on the bench and might come on to influence the game if needed. However, Naby Keita is a major doubt for this contest after he suffered an injury during training before Liverpool’s UEFA Super Cup win on Wednesday.
The fabulous front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah might get to start together if they can recover in time to face the Saints. Both Mane and Salah were all heavily involved against the Pensioners in midweek, so there are still question marks over whether they will be able to operate at 100% against Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men this weekend.
Divock Origi and Rhian Brewster will likely feature on the bench and might come on to make an impact on the match if required.
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