After a tedious couple of weeks of international football, Premier League is back in action once again and league leaders Liverpool are set to contest in a tricky away fixture against Southampton – a side known to be the feeder club of the Reds.
Winger Sadio Mane and defensive duo Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren are set to return at St Mary’s in different colors to face their former employers. However, in form Adam Lallana, who arrived from the Saints a couple of years back, is supposed to miss the trip due to groin injury that he suffered during England’s friendly outing against Spain.
Claude Puel’s side has slipped down to 10th place in the league table after two back to back defeats over Chelsea and Hull City. However, the new Southampton boss is determined to turn things around against the Reds despite claiming the later as title favorites.
Southampton vs Liverpool Injury News:
Adam Lallana is set to miss the trip and will be replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield. Danny Ings has suffered another unfortunate season ending knee injury. Youngsters Joe Gomez and Sheyi Ojo are back in full training but won’t be rushed, as confirmed by Jurgen Klopp in his pre-match press conference.
Southampton had a long list of injured players during international break, but many of them are back in training and available once again to face the Reds. Custodian Fraser Forster, midfielder duo Dusan Tadic and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg along with fullbacks Ryan Bertrand and Cedric Soares are expected to be fit enough to take part in Saturday’s clash. On the other hand, striker Shane Long and defender Matt Target will be unavailable due to hamstring strain whereas goalkeeper Alex McCarthy remains doubtful. Defender Florin Gardos is back in light training sessions following his long term knee injury. Youngster Harrison Reed is out with a knock. Defender Jeremy Pied is out for remainder of the campaign with Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury.
Southampton vs Liverpool Probable Lineups:
Subs: Stuart Taylor, Cuco Martina, James Ward-Prowse, Sofiane Boufal, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Jay Rodriguez, Maya Yoshida.
Subs: Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Klavan, Lucas Leiva, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Marko Grujic.
Kick-off: 3:00 p.m. (8:30 p.m. IST)
Southampton vs Liverpool Key Players:
Southampton forward Charlie Austin has been in great goal scoring form recently along with Dusan Tadic who has been impressive in Saints midfield. Also, Nathan Redmond has been productive from wings and is expected to test the Reds backline who have managed only one clean sheet during this Premier League campaign.
Liverpool will rely on the Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino along with a certain Sadio Mane who inspired the Saints to comeback from a 0-2 deficit and register a memorable 3-2 victory at St Mary’s last time against his current employers.
Southampton vs Liverpool Manager’s Speak:
“I am lucky because I have very good professionals. They keep a good attitude and spirit always.” – Puel on his players.
“When we are at our best & when we play our best, we are more difficult to play against than Southampton can only imagine right now.” – Klopp on his in-form squad.
Southampton vs Liverpool Last Meeting:
Their last meeting at St. Mary’s ended in a thrilling 3-2 victory in favor of the Saints. Liverpool scored two early goals in the first half via Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge. Sadio Mane, the then Southampton player, came as a substitute at half-time and scored around 64th minute mark to pull one back. Graziano Pelle equalized on 83rd minute, three minutes later Mane completed the turn around and scored the winner to seize a memorable triumph.
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