Here’s our match preview for Liverpool vs Southampton – a game the Reds must win. Jurgen Klopp’s side are without excuses for this one.
We’ll kick off this Liverpool vs Southampton preview by highlighting an injury crisis. But not one at Anfield, for once.
Make no mistake, the Reds are very much without several key players for this one but the Saints are, too. In fact, they should feel their losses even more than Liverpool.
“We have [Danny Ings] still not available,” says Ralph Hasenhuttl, per Hampshire Live. “He still has problems but we hope he will get him back this week.
“[Ryan] Bertrand is still out. [Oriol] Romeu is back training tomorrow, we hope. He has his final scan and then we can have a look for next week.”
That’s three of Southampton’s most-outstanding players out for this one. They won’t have their usual goal threat, nor will they have the security of Romeu in midfield.
On top of it all, Bertrand won’t play and that should make life a lot easier for Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold. No excuses for this one, then.
Played his hand
Jurgen Klopp tried to spring two surprises against Manchester United at the weekend. First, Nat Phillips returned to the XI after injury. Then there was the midfield – Gini Wijnaldum sat on the bench as James Milner, Fabinho and Thiago formed a three.
Of course, that game never took place. It’ll be interesting to see how Klopp goes about this one, then. Will he rest anyone for the United game on Thursday?
Perhaps he’ll use this to ‘test’ that XI, though. That would eliminate any element of surprise against United, however.
We expect Klopp to go with the same XI. Liverpool have to win every game and the players should be able to play both here and on Thursday. They’ve essentially had two weeks off, after all.
Leicester City took a thumping against Newcastle United yesterday evening and that gives Liverpool some more hope. They still have to overturn a nine-point gap but miracles do happen.
And if the Foxes are in bad form, the task becomes a little more possible.
There is absolutely no room for slip-ups here, though. Liverpool must try to win every single remaining game or their chances of a top-four finish crumble.
The door is open, though, for Liverpool to start piling some pressure on.