Back to business this weekend after the international break, one we really could have done without.

Adam Lallana picked up a foot injury playing for England, it’s pretty hopeful that it’s nothing serious but he’ll be assessed by the medical team back at Liverpool today (16/11/16). Otherwise all players have escaped any injury whilst on International duty (forgive me if I’m wrong).

St Mary’s is always a tough place to go, Southampton have been in mixed form this season but are more than capable of putting on a fine display, this won’t be an easy game to come back too but recent form shows the reds have what it takes to keep the momentum going.

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RedUncle
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There are doubts about Coutinho as well. He had to be sent to hospital for a scan. If the worst happens, and both Lallana and Coutinho are out, at least we can bring Sturridge in. Firmino can then be redeployed either wider than Sturridge or in behind him at number ten.. It’d be a big blow to lose two of our most creative players but fortunately we’re a pretty flexible side now so hopefully we can adjust. Given the players available (without Lallana and Coutinho) I’d suggest a back four of Clyne-Matic-Lovren-Milner, a midfield three of Can-Henderson-Wijlnaldum, and a front three of Mane-Sturridge-Firmino.

warrior18
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The team that Red has mentioned looks most likely but the count and lallana haven’t been ruled out as yet, as far as i know but are we worried when you have the likes of Can and wijnaldum to come in and studge, no chance. We might have to juggle things around a bit but 100% confident in any team klopp puts out now. Chelsea spanked them recently, are they playing better than us, i don’t think so and they went to hull and got beat as well. Teams fear us now and we will take full advantage of that, klopp wouldn’t allow anything else, our brilliant form and results to continue here i feel.

Huytonian
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I’ve watched Southampton a couple of times on TV recently and they are dangerous going forward with Tadic, Redmond and Austin but their defence can be vulnerable despite having two good central defenders in Van Dyck and Fonte. If Liverpool play anything like they have in recent games they should win but if they drop their standard then an upset could happen. It looks like we will be without Lallana and Coutinho though I think Coutinho was always likely to be rested for this one after his 2 games for Brazil. Sturridge will be desperate to push his claim for a regular start so while we may lose a bit of creativity we will still carry a big goal threat.

sandiphulse
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hey people, got lost with the new job … anyway did not miss any of the matches, this could be a tight match, I think he might start with Sturridge , however he will be deployed as winger and Firminho will continue to be our no.9 , irrespective how they are positioned , the constant movement of the attacking players will create a hell lot of chances, hopefully Sturridge can convert one or two of them… if he does not , Klopp is not going to rely on him for the entire 90 mins, he will bring on Origi I suppose, can’t wait for the match …..

RedUncle
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We’re being told the scan on Coutinho, which took place on Thursday and meant he missed a light training session, was precautionary as he felt some tightness. Right now it looks like there is a chance he could play as there hasn’t been an injury as such. It’s going to come down to a judgement call from Klopp that will probably be left late.

lanoisseforp
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Just one of these games we couldn’t score and should have won the game at least 2-0. Southampton are a tough team to beat at St. Mary’s and you could a draw was a fair result. Next stop against Sunderland at home 2016/11/26 3 PM and our final PL game of the month before we head into December with 6 huge PL games.

RedUncle
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Typical post-international syndrome. The only thing we lacked in this game was sharpness in front of goal, something that we often lack after international breaks. The movement was there, the passing was there, the defending was, just not the ball in the net. Mind you, Southampton defended very well and didn’t make life easy. I suppose that’s the title gone now for another season…

sandiphulse
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It’s one of those games that needed a bit of luck to get three points, Sturridge looked sharp and quick with his feet, he should at least give him twenty minutes I feel, it’s too early to talk about a title tilt I feel, I hate to admit it Chelsea will go on top and I can’t stand that…. Common borough pull of a miracle and upset the plastics

warrior18
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Disappointing, just didn’t take our chances today, on the plus side, we didn’t lose and we’re still on top oh and isn’t hendo a complete beast for us so far this season, another brilliant performance from him today i felt. Sunderland next who are on a nice little run now and confidence will be high with them at the moment, maybe this run of fixtures won’t be as handy as some thought and i include myself in that.

Huytonian
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Watford were on a nice little run before they came to Anfield and look what happened to them. We will have the added incentive of putting one over on Moyes. I think we can put yesterday’s result down to a mixture of lack of sharpness in the final third as a result of the international break and some good last ditch defending by Southampton. I would have liked to have seen Sturridge given 30 minutes and Origi given longer but I guess Klopp was reluctant to make changes while we were still creating chances. Glad Hendo has fully recovered from his foot problem and is on top form again and I think Matip has been the signing of the season in terms of value for money.

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