Che Adams seemingly missing from Southampton training as Shane Long could be in line for start

Che Adams was not pictured in training ahead of Southampton’s clash with Liverpool on Monday night but will have Danny Ings available.

Che Adams seemingly missing from Southampton training as Shane Long could be in line for start

Adams not pictured

Southampton have faced issues with Danny Ings’ fitness this season, but could now be concerned with his strike partner, Che Adams. Ahead of the Saints’ match against Liverpool, the southern club released photos from their latest training session. And there was no sign of Adams.

The 24-year-old was replaced by Shane Long in the 58th minute of Southampton’s 0-0 draw with West Ham, and the Irish international has since been pictured training ahead of Monday’s clash.

Ralph Hasenhuttl was not present for his side’s meeting with the Hammers, having been forced into self isolation. With mounting Covid-19 cases now appearing across the Premier League landscape, the possibility exists that Adams could have been missing from training due to the virus. This is however yet to be confirmed.

The good news for Southampton is that Danny Ings returned versus West Ham, and will face former club Liverpool with hopes of getting back on the scoresheet. The ex-Burnley striker has been pivotal to the Saints’ fine form this year, on the back of two impressive seasons on the south coast since leaving Merseyside.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Che Adams of Southampton celebrates with teammates Jannik Vestergaard, Danny Ings and Theo Walcott after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Sheffield United at St Mary's Stadium on December 13, 2020 in Southampton, England. A limited number of spectators (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 13: Che Adams of Southampton celebrates with teammates Jannik Vestergaard, Danny Ings and Theo Walcott after scoring their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Sheffield United at St Mary’s Stadium on December 13, 2020 in Southampton, England. A limited number of spectators (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Phillips aware of Ings threat

Liverpool will be desperate to get back to winning ways on Monday, after just two victories in their last 5 league matches. The Reds have faced injury issues of their own throughout the season, having lost Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk to long-term knee problems.

This has forced Jurgen Klopp to field a number of second-string defenders, including Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips. Phillips, meanwhile, recently spoke ahead of his side’s showdown with Southampton, and opened up on his wariness of facing Danny Ings.

“He has really found his feet when he’s been playing games and he has managed to get some momentum himself and get on the scoresheet quite often. So we’ll have to be aware of him,” the stopper told Liverpoolfc.com.

Che Adams seemingly missing from Southampton training as Shane Long could be in line for start

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND – JULY 19: Nat Phillips of Liverpool at Ewood Park on July 19, 2018 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

“But we’ll have to approach the game like any other game and be prepared for everything. And hopefully come out of that with three points.”

“They’re doing really well, so it’ll be a tough game again. But we’ve got to pick ourselves up, take the point [from Newcastle] and move on to the next game and push for three points in that.”

A win for Southampton in 24 hours’ time would guide them to 29 points, and level with 3rd-placed Spurs in the Premier League table. Liverpool, though, cannot afford to drop any further points, with Manchester United having drawn level with the champions atop the English top-flight.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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