Three changes for Liverpool against Southampton

Three changes for Liverpool against Southampton

Three changes for Liverpool against Southampton

All eyes were on Virgil van Dijk in the build-up to his Southampton return, but it was Firmino and Salah who drew most of the attention once the game began.

Numerous slip-ups have rendered Liverpool unable to pull away from rivals competing for a top-four place but, with the quality and proficiency of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, the final third of the season should be fixated upon securing the Premier League's runners-up spot and putting together a good run in the Champions League knockout rounds.

Lovren has started on 18 occasions in the Premier League this season and the Croatian worldwide played alongside van Dijk against Spurs in the dramatic 2-2 draw at Anfield.

And this is how things stayed for the remainder of the clash, with the Saints struggling to create clear-cut goalscoring opportunities over the course of the second-half, whereas Liverpool could easily have added to their goal tally through the likes of Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Southampton were the better side for the remainder of the first half, but visiting goalkeeper Loris Karius ensured they failed to make the most of their superiority and a glorious exchange in which Firmino repaid the favour to Salah in the 42nd minute saw Liverpool double the lead against the run of play.

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Stephens has even chipped in with three vital goals on his last three appearances and Pellegrino said: "I think we have got enough players to replace Van Dijk".

Just two months later Van Dijk arrived at St Mary's to face his old club Southampton, but shortly before kick-off the centre-back made an awkward mistake as he arrived at the stadium.

Southampton responded well to going behind, but lacked a clinical touch as their wait for a first home league win since November continued.

If Klopp needs to try to change the game at any point this afternoon on the south coast then he can look to his bench, with options available including Adam Lallana and Danny Ings.

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

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