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Liverpool will square up against Southampton at St Mary’s Park this weekend and will hope to get the maximum three points after their disappointing draw against Tottenham at Anfield last weekend.
Jurgen Klopp will want to keep his Liverpool side in the top four race as they are currently third on the log, just six points above sixth-placed Arsenal. So any slip-up might cost them their Champions League qualification slot.
Karius was in goal against Tottenham last weekend and he gave a very good account of himself. With the Champions League coming this mid week against Porto, Klopp will likely stick with Karius and use Mignolet during their midweek continental venture.
There is unlikely going to be any change in the back line that played at Anfield. Despite Dejan Lovren’s error in playing Harry Kane on-side for the penalty, he will most likely not be dropped.
Virgil van Dijk will be returning to the club he left last month and will most likely receive a mixed reception as he left the club after some disagreements with management after initially denying him his move in the last summer.
Liverpool have not kept a clean sheet in the games he has played so far and will hope to change that trend this matchday.
A midfield three is likely to be used as it suits the style Klopp want his team to play.
Captain Jordan Henderson returned to the lineup and was replaced by Wijnaldum. Emre Can and Milner were paired to absorb the pressure of Spurs’ attacking prowess.
The £100,000+ a week-earning Milner will likely be dropped for Wijnaldum as he will offer more on the attacking front in this type of match.
The trident of Salah, Mane and Firmino have given Liverpool the league’s most efficient attack so far. It is one of the deadliest forward lines in Europe.
With the Champions League in mind, Klopp will look to rest his best attacker for the bigger clash against Porto. Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to replace him in the lineup.
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