Liverpool's predicted XI for their trip to Southampton

Liverpool's predicted XI for their trip to Southampton

Liverpool's predicted XI for their trip to Southampton

Virgil van Dijk returns to Southampton for the first time since completing his move to Liverpool as the two sides face-off in the Premier League on Sunday.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists Arsenal are still in the fight for a top four position in the Premier League despite his side building a nine-point gap on their rivals.

Gary Lineker questioned Southampton's defending for Mohamed Salah's 22nd league goal after the Liverpool FC summer signing helped the Reds to secure a comfortable 2-0 win at St Mary's. The anxiety in my players was really high.

However, they've also been dumped out of the FA Cup at the 4th round stage at home to bottom of the Premier League West Brom and have lost in the league away at 17th placed Swansea (they were bottom at the time).

Mauricio Pellegrino's first six months in the Southampton job were similar to his short stint as a centre-half at Liverpool: underwhelming.

However, defending wasn't brilliant, especially from balls into the box and so the likes of Hoedt and Stephens will need to watch out for this as Liverpool could really damage us with the likes of Mane, Firmino and Salah.

"Last season, little by little, Jack was playing more in the second part of the season and that is more or less the same now. There is a lot to go for and we will try to carry on like today".

Indeed, the reality of dropping into the relegation zone - resulting from Newcastle United's surprise win over Man United earlier in the day - only heightened the attractiveness of an unlikely three points.

Karius then tipped over a Ward-Prowse header as the Saints found some momentum, and the same player had another chance after Bertrand had crossed with five minutes of the opening half remaining.

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