Liverpool will continue to balance making changes and rotating, while attempting to return to winning ways against Southampton on Monday night.
Liverpool have just two wins in their previous five Premier League matches and they need to address that quickly.
Manchester United’s win against Aston Villa on Friday has put them level on points with Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders. Liverpool cannot afford for another minor slip-up.
Southampton will be tricky opponents, the table suggests as such. They sit just three points off a Champions League spot.
Two change and world-class addition
Liverpool’s main question in point will be in defence. The manager went with Nat Phillips against Newcastle but could be more inclined to go with Rhys Williams for Southampton.
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This, then, is surely how Klopp will rotate between Phillips and Williams. The former there to keep aerial threats at bay, stopping teams from playing long to physical players. Whereas Williams offers more of a threat on the ball given he is more comfortable in possession.
Fabinho, meanwhile, has become far too indispensable to Liverpool’s defensive quartet that the idea of a rest just cannot be fathomed at present.
If included from the off against Southampton, that will be nine consecutive league starts for Brazilian.
There will be another change in midfield too. Thiago Alcantara, at last, could return to the starting XI for the first time since October 17. He’ll likely come in for Curtis Jones.
Getting the triumvirate of Thiago, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum is a strong combination and balance of flair and work rate, and Liverpool will need that to win the midfield battle.
Up-front, Klopp’s attacking trident will remain the same. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Xherdan Shaqiri and Takumi Minamino provide strong options from the bench.