Top of the table Liverpool face Southampton on Saturday – WOW, how amazing was that to read, Top of the table Liverpool. I am certainly hoping to get used to that. 3:30pm Saturday afternoon Liverpool vs. Southampton, returning to the ground after that awful 2nd half display last season. This year it should be different, we have no Martin Skrtel who possibly played his worst ever 45 minutes and we have bought Sadio Mane, who destroyed Liverpool in that 2nd half. If Klopp hadn’t already decided to buy Mane before that game he certainly had by the time the final whistle went.
Unfortunately, Liverpool’s in-form midfielder Adam Lallana could miss out on a return to former club. This is a crying shame as he’s having the time of his life. He would have loved a return to the south coast. After opening the scoring in England’s 2-2 draw with Spain on Tuesday, before picking up an injury and was forced to withdraw before the half hour mark.
England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his disappointment at Lallana’s injury after the game: “It was a great shame because I’ve really enjoyed working with him,” he said, via BBC Sport. “He’s an intelligent, very talented footballer who’s adding goals to his game for England. He was quite key to how we were wanting to play.”
His relentless energy and hard work has seen him flourish under Jurgen Klopp, having played in every one of Liverpool’s Premier League games so far this season he’s been an inspirational figure. He will sorely be missed on Saturday. Lallana is now developing into the perfect midfielder for Klopp’s system – allowing Liverpool to push up the field, putting pressure on the opposition and forcing errors or misguided passes, with his ability to then transition into the attacking phase also key.
Don’t panic – we have a plan B
Unlike previous seasons there’s no reason to panic, Emre Can (who is slowly making his way back into the 1st team) and Georginio Wijnaldum (who is trying his hardest to prove he’s the more suited midfielder) are probably going to get their chance to play together alongside Henderson.
A midfield 3 of Can, Henderson and Wijnaldum is one of pure power. This time they will not be out battled – full of energy and pace. Exactly what Klopp’s tactics require.
The other issue Liverpool may face is Coutinho. Having played in both of Brazil’s games he may be unfit to play all 90 minutes.
Jurgen Klopp fears Brazilian will miss Southampton game after scan. This may allow Sturridge the chance to shine, this week there has been a lot of talk about him leaving in January.
Does he really want to trade shirts with West Ham’s or Stoke’s? I’m not so sure. It may be one of his last chances to impress Klopp before he makes his mind up for him.
Really truly see the title credentials
Man to watch: Sadio Mane. The Liverpool forward signed from Southampton in the summer. He was a constant thorn in the Reds’ side at Southampton, scoring four goals in his last three games between the two clubs. Liverpool will hope he can continue such form in this fixture and get one over his old side.
A win will continue our quest for the Premier League title. The ‘Liverpool to win the title’ bandwaggon is getting larger. With pundits joining daily.
It will be games like this, with potentially 2 key players out that we really truly see the title credentials of this Liverpool side. It won’t be an easy game, Southampton will make sure of that. But one i am convinced we will win.