Divock Origi may well be back in the starting line-up tomorrow for what could be his last game for Liverpool.
The Reds take on Southampton at St Mary’s on the back of lifting their second trophy of the season. Having gone through 120 minutes and penalties against Chelsea, there’ll need to be some changes on Tuesday night.
Virgil Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah have already been ruled out by Jurgen Klopp. Meanwhile, Fabinho continues not to be considered following his hamstring injury last week.
Without Salah, Liverpool’s forwards all put in a shift on Saturday afternoon. That should open the door for Origi to get one last start. Here’s how we think Klopp will line the rest of the team up.
There was a moment of worry in the first half of the FA Cup final when Alisson Becker went down in some discomfort. Luckily, he was fine and went on to be one of the heroes of the penalty shootout. He’ll be one of the few retained by Klopp tomorrow.
Another continuing should be Ibrahima Konate. Those two aside, the rest of the back four will be all change for Liverpool.
Joe Gomez sat out the full length of the final and should come in to replace Trent Alexander-Arnold. Joel Matip will be warm having completed extra-time on Saturday and will return from the start tomorrow.
Filling in at left-back will be penalty hero Kostas Tsimikas who more than deserves his start.
Without Fabinho, there’s no chance that Klopp takes a risk on Thiago Alcantara against Southampton. Alongside Jordan Henderson, he also played the full 120 against Chelsea. Both will be rested.
In their place will likely be James Milner and Curtis Jones. The third midfield spot is a little trickier to predict but we think Klopp will keep faith in Naby Keita.
It would be nice to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain given the chance to stake his claim, but that looks unlikely at the moment.
Of Klopp’s forward options, Roberto Firmino played the least amount of football at the weekend. They were crucial minutes for him as he returns from injury and he should get the chance to build on that here.
Both Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane ran themselves into the ground on Saturday and it would be a big surprise to see Klopp risk either.
Instead, Diogo Jota will be asked to dig deep and hopefully bring back some goalscoring form.
Finally, Origi should complete a slightly makeshift looking trio. The Belgian surely has a big moment left in him before departing this summer. He scored a hat-trick once upon a time at St Mary’s, who’s to say he won’t do it again?
Predicted Liverpool XI vs Southampton: Alisson; Gomez, Matip, Konate, Tsimikas; Jones, Keita, Milner; Jota, Firmino, Origi
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