Southampton vs Liverpool
When the team sheets came out on Sunday before the match before Southampton and Liverpool there were shocks.
Liverpool headed to St Mary’s looking to maintain their top four hopes.
After Tottenham’s win over Arsenal in the north London derby, the pressure was back on Jurgen Klopp’s team.
As for Southampton, they are still looking to secure their top flight hopes.
The team sheets
The Southampton and Liverpool XIs were as follows:
Southampton: McCarthy, Soares, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Lemina, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Carrillo, Tadic.
Subs: Forster, Yoshida, Davis, Redmond, Boufal, Long, Gabbiadini
Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Can, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Salah.
Subs: Mignolet, Lovren, Moreno, Milner, Lallana, Ings, Solanke
📋 Team news time 🔴
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 11, 2018
Jordan Henderson was left out of the Liverpool XI ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League last-16 trip to Porto.
Dejan Lovren was also left out the team.
The good news for Liverpool fans was the sight of Salah, Firmino and Mane in the starting XI.
Should have started Lovren
— ₁ (@KariusEdition) February 11, 2018
— Aaron🏴 (@FfsNabyy) February 11, 2018
As for Southampton, Tadic was in but no room for Boufal. Why?
In general, however, Saints fans felt Mauricio Pellegrini actually got the XI right.
Why no fucking Boufal but Tadic waltzes in
— Ashley Jones (@Joner07) February 11, 2018
Boufal should be in for Tadic but other than that happy.
— Matt Dettmer (@dettmer93) February 11, 2018
Oh my god has Pellegrino finally realised what his best squad is!?!?!? pic.twitter.com/Lpq0MWmYKD
— Scott Winter (@ScottWSFC) February 11, 2018
Southampton vs Liverpool Premier League preview
Liverpool wiped the floor with Southampton when the two sides met back in November.
Mo Salah (of course) scored a brace whilst Phillipe Coutinho added a third late on to secure a 3-0 victory for The Reds.
Virgil Van Dijk played the full 90 minutes during that match but couldn’t handle Liverpool’s deadly forward three.
Liverpool fans were left very disappointed last Sunday as Harry Kane scored a controversial late penalty to deny their side three points.
Klopp’s team played very well in spells but failed to beat a Spurs side who received two generous penalty decisions in their favour.
Southampton’s away win at the Hawthorns will have been the perfect morale boost going into the Liverpool match.
Despite Liverpool’s insane attacking presence, their defence lets the team down on a regular basis and opposing teams know that they are a side who are possible to beat.