Liverpool welcome Southampton this afternoon as the Reds look to move TWENTY-TWO points clear at the top of the table ahead of Manchester City’s clash away to Spurs on Sunday.
A win at Anfield would be Liverpool’s 16th consecutive league win, just 2 short of City’s record of 18 of two seasons ago as we edge ever closer to the elusive Premier League title.
Southampton will not be any pushover, though. The Saints are in very good form as of late with Danny Ings thriving on the South coast.
On current form, they’re the 3rd best side in the league behind us and City and since the 9-0 thrashing at home to Leicester, Ralph Hassenhutl has totally turned Southampton’s fortunes around.
Both Divock Origi and Adam Lallana are available for selection for Jurgen Klopp.
Origi limped off in the second half in the victory at West Ham on Wednesday night but it was confirmed to be just cramp so the Belgian could come straight back into the side.
Adam Lallana has now recovered from the virus he had, having not featured since a substitute appearance away at Spurs in mid-January.
The game comes a little too soon for James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri but the two are likely to be available for the away game at Norwich after the winter break.
Sadio Mane still remains out with the muscle injury he sustained at Wolves.
Ralph Hassenhutl has little injury worries with Stuart Armstrong being the only player confirmed to be out of this afternoon’s game. Cedric has also just signed for Arsenal on loan.
Other than this, the German has his full squad at his disposal.
Again, the back 5 stays the same, there’s no need to fix what’s not broke.
I think Fabinho comes back in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and he’ll drop into the 6 with Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson playing further forward.
The front 3 may well be Minamino on the left with Firmino and Salah in the 9 and on the right. I don’t think Origi will be risked.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A win, but a very tough game.
Southampton will be playing with very high confidence and with Danny Ings banging goals in for fun at the moment, the Saints may well nick a goal.
However, we are that good at football that we definitely should have enough quality to see off the Saints.
We’ll be put under pressure by Southampton’s high press but with our centre backs ability to pick a pass out, the press is very much beatable.
We beat the Saints 3-0 at Anfield last year but I think we’ll win 3-1 this time around with Mo Salah getting two and Naby Keita getting a goal off the bench. Danny Ings will probably get Southampton’s solitary goal.