Liverpool's predicted XI for their trip to Southampton

by Steven Clarke February 12, 2018, 0:32
Liverpool's predicted XI for their trip to Southampton

In the 18th minute, Southampton went close through Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg who failed to beat Loris Karius one on one.

This heralded a period of play in which Liverpool were far too passive. However, with the likes of Salah, Mane and Firmino in their ranks, I don't think we will outscore them but they do have defensive issues at times so I'm going to go with a 2-2 draw!

Karius was called into action again in the 29th minute, denying both Guido Carrillo and James Ward-Prowse.

The two-goal lead was harsh on Southampton going into half time, but it nearly got worse in the opening stages of the second half when Mane's acrobatic effort was blocked and fell at the feet of Salah, although this time the prolific winger scooped his finish over the crossbar.

"It won't be a friendly game; they fight for everything, we fight for everything".

Firmino then turned provider just before the break, returning the favour to Salah, who finished with aplomb to effectively end the chances of a home side who got progressively worse after the break.

He has scored 19 left-footed goals in the Premier League this term - the joint-most by a player in a single season, alongside Fowler for Liverpool in 1994-95.

Virgil van Dijk partners Joel Matip in the heart of Liverpool's defence on his return to Southampton on Sunday afternoon. The Saints are now on 26 points meaning they are one short of Huddersfield and safety as the pressure continues to mount on the side.

"That's how they want to solve their situation and their problems". If anything, Van Dijk played as if he was rather enjoying the stick, so much so that he could be seen laughing at the first sound of the boos that greeted his every touch.

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