Pre-Match | Liverpool vs Southampton | PL Matchday 25 | Saturday February 1st | 15:00h | Anfield

GermanRed

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Last game before the winter break for our senior players. Game @Anfield vs. Southampton who are in great form since Christmas.

Pretty sure Fabinho will come in (probably instead of Ox).

Also hoping that Origi will keep his place - three games in one week could help him find his rhythm.

Keita on bench vs. West Ham - hope Klopp won’t rush him and wait until after the break.

Shaqiri and Lallana not in the squad against West Ham so I can’t really see them start here.

Instead I am hoping for some minutes for Minamino and Jones.

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Y.N.W.A.
 

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I'm sure that Jurgen and his staff will know the personnel, formation and tactics to see us through this one.

Three o'clock kick off on a Saturday, woohoo. My favourite day and time for league matches. Fantastic European nights under the lights are a different matter.

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@rupzzzight be a bit harsh with three reallys.

Southampton are in great form. Third best team in country over the last ten games. From relegation form early in the season they’ve hauled themselves into the top half. That’s not to be sniffed at. We’ll definitely have a game on.

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OxChamb Gini
Salah Firmino Origi
Go again lads, and then two weeks off.
 

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Southampton have been in great form of late, especially Agent Ings. Fully expect them to give a good account of themselves.

At Anfield we should have enough to get the three points. Considering the upcoming break and stance about the replay (which i agree with) I hope to see the players giving 100% as there are zero excuses for doing otherwise.

I'd consider starting Minamino and bringing on Origi for the last 30 minutes to run past tired legs. But Klopp will know best.

Er...2-0
 

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Ings is on fire right now but so was Vardy before we played Leicester on Boxing day.Watching Southampton against Tottenham in the FA Cup - they were threatening in attack but also very vulnerable at the back - your typical mid table team.We will get the job done without much problem if we are on our game.
 

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Southampton played their first home game this season again us and lost 2-1.
Before Mane gave us the lead, just before half time, Southampton had the better of chances with Adrian having had to make a spectacular save from a header to keep the score at 0-0.
A piece of poor defending allowed Firmino to make it 2-0 in the second half. We then missed a couple of good chances to extend the lead.
In comes Ings and gives a real scare with his left footed shot just glazing the top of the bar. He then capitalized on a howler from Adrian to make it 2-1. Then with a few minutes left for 90, he missed a guilt edge chance to make it 2-2.
We held on to the lead but Southampton did have their chances, especially after Ings was brought on.
They are in a very good form now with Ings on fire. But we are a different beast all together. Think Klopp will ensure any supply to Ings is cut off early. That's their best chance to score followed by a set piece.
Mane was instrumental in both our goals last time, so he will definitely be missed. It will be up to Origi (who I think will be replacement for Mane) and the midfield to make up for his loss.
They aren't shit so not expecting a hammering. Another 2-0 win like the last one but a bit more of work to do for VvD and Joe due to Ings' presence.
 

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Meant to be in the Kop, but mate is taking his lad for 1st game and asked if we could swap... so I'm now in Main Stand upper.

Another one to get the win. Be more tricky than when we played at Southampton as they are now in much better form. Looking forward to hearing what Anfield is like - as those matches pre Man Utd, we were all holding it back a bit (nervous about what we don't sing about) - but now that we have let it off our chests - we are free to sing and shout.

Should be a good one.
 

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It really is important to show respect to our team sometimes in how we talk about another teams relatively successful form curve. So'ton are on an upward trajectory but that doesn't have the slightest significance to this match. Hasenhüttl is fully aware that they'll be beaten if we turn up in a normal state.
 

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Ralph hasenhuttl will not give us any points easily that said I think will be too strong, I prefer these opponents than any other mid-table team , get to see some football from both sides.
Winning this game gives us a good basis to go on and win the league and defend are European Cup,
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IMO our toughest PL assignment until mid-March (on paper of course).

Southampton are a different proposition to the side that got slaughtered by Leicester early in the season. They seem increasingly better-drilled and have some potency up front with Danny's clinical finishing along side the pace of Boufal and Djenepo. We still have more than enough to account for them assuming we play to the level established over the last 24 games, but I expect a few tense moments and the 3 pillars at the back to stand tall when required.

Big decisions to be made in midfield. As brilliant as Hendo's been at shielding the defense, having a fully firing Fabinho is good not only for the alliteration but also the team. A 90 minute hit out at Anfield against a side that play decent football who aren't just there to kick the shit out of our boys might be what he needs to click back into gear. If he does start, it probably means Ox drops back to the bench which would be a touch unfair as he's been building nicely these last few weeks...or alternatively one of Gini/Hendo gets a rest. Then maybe he starts Keita instead who is equally in need of game time.

I'm glad I'm not on the match committee. I'd be useless.

3-1 to Liverpool.
 

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Wouldn't be surprised to see Fabinho or Keita replace Origi in the starting XI for this.
 

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Southampton are an interesting one. They have been slowly getting their act together after that shambles at home against Leicester.

This is one that we "should" win but don't take that for granted. It's one final push for the lads before a fortnight off so they just have to hold that focus for 90 minutes.

I think if Jürgen was at all concerned he could deploy our usual tactic against the Saints and simply buy up all their best players.
 

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Going on a break so no need to change lineup.

I definitely disagree with statting Fabinho, needs some more sub appearances first, way too rusty. If anything, Keita should start before him on current form. The first sub will be either Keita or Fabinho, all depending on what we need in the game.

4-0, non negotiable.
 

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Let's hope Danny Ings gets a proper welcome, then shows his gratitude by being absolutely shite on the day, eh. What's it now, eight more wins before it's in the bag?
The chance we'll really need 24 points is pretty tiny. It means City jumping from 2 PTS a game so far on average to 3 at the flick of a switch and with next to no real motivation to do so.
 
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Southhampton didn´t sack Hasenhüttl after that Leicester 0-9 defeat, while struggeling deep in the relegation battle.
I am very pleased to see that the confidence in the manager payed of for them.
Although they are not shite, we will still smash them...