Flanagan to start, Allen in contention – Predicting Liverpool’s lineup for Southampton trip


Liverpool return to Premier League action against Southampton, and we take a look at how Jurgen Klopp could line up his side on Sunday afternoon.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 25, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Southampton's manager Ronald Koeman during the Premier League match against Southampton at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds arrive on the south coast looking to build on successful European exploits by continuing their positive league form.

Another big game faces Liverpool as they resume their fight to win Champions League football any way they can against Ronald Koeman’s team at St Mary’s, where the Reds have had some thoroughly enjoyable trips in recent times.

After an “intensive” 90 minutes at Old Trafford on Thursday and little room for error as the Reds play catch up, Klopp is likely make some changes but keep a strong team in search of a fourth straight league win.

Liverpool Team News

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Liverpool's Joe Allen in action against Southampton's Victor Wanyama during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Klopp to consider changes with strong squad available
  • Fresh legs available and at the Reds’ boss’ disposal throughout the team
  • Moreno to be assessed after missing United draw with hamstring issue
  • Milner suspended following Crystal Palace red card
  • Flanagan set to come in at left-back
  • Henderson sickness could see him left out at St Mary’s
  • Allen could come into midfield in place of the captain
  • Plenty of options in attack with Klopp spoilt for choice
  • Coutinho, Lallana, Firmino, Sturridge all available
  • Origi could come in for fresh legs to lead the line

The Reds XI vs. Southampton

Changes are likely to be forthcoming but Klopp is unlikely to make many with the Reds needing a strong side to grab another vital three points.

Milner’s suspension and Moreno’s injury is set to see Flanagan start, and keeping with the same midfield and attacking support with it the strongest possible, fresh legs up front could be provided by Origi entering in place of Sturridge.

In the usual 4-2-3-1 set-up, two changes could see Liverpool lineup like so:

Saints 4-2-3-1 XI

Klopp could opt for a slight further change of personnel, and shape at St Mary’s.

Having romped to the memorable 6-1 win over Koeman’s men in December with the 4-4-2 diamond, the Liverpool boss could revisit it on Sunday.

Keeping with the same back four, Allen could provide freshness in Henderson’s place if the captain is unwell, with Origi doing the same alongside Sturridge – reforming the partnership that saw the duo net five of the six goals scored in the League Cup hammering.

Alterations to the team and system would see the Reds look like this come 1:30 kick off time:

Saints diamond XI

A difficult game faces Klopp’s side against the Saints, but with fourth place in sight Liverpool must make it a fourth straight win on the south coast.

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  1. 4-2-3-1 with Sturridge on top. Cou-Firmino-Lallana the 3 Advanced Midfielders. Can and Henderson to mop up (Joe Allen is just a good substitute and I think thats easy for him as well). Flanno-Sakho-Lovren-Clyne at back.

    Note : Clyne had a bad game against united. What an opportunity to correct that at St.Mary’s and show them what they are missing this season.
    Clyne has been our best buy so far this season. And hope he puts in a great shift again.

    • Hendo is showing glimpses of form again and atleast is making thos intelligent runs. Forget those glaring misses but he is getting chances. If he is just sick and is back to shape for tomorrow. Please play him..Hendo in top form will be much crucial for the final 9 games.

  2. I’d love it if we could play the same team we did the last time we played them but then that’s just wishful thinking on my part since no 2 games are the same. With that being said, I think we looked great in that 4-4-2 diamond formation. Can and Allen in B2B were great to see.

    Back to 4-2-3-1 I guess…start off with Origi up front, the usual 3 behind them (L-F-C).

  3. I’m a little skeptical about Allen in the starting XI, I think he’s done great lately but I feel he needs two physically strong midfielders behind him to play his game. I’m afraid he’ll be outmuscled against soton, but with Milner suspended, Lucas injured, and Henderson sick we don’t have a lot of options left. But I’m sure Klopp will figure it out! :)

    • YouTube this: JA vs Southampton (A) 15-16

      Absolutely bosses the game. Relive THAT pass to Sturridge. If you were to make the top 5 passes this season, Allen would have at least two or three in there. And that was one of them (the assist to Ibe has to be another contender).

  4. Firmino injured! FFS.


  5. How and where did Benteke get his hands on a Firmino voodoo doll and when did he start sticking pins in it???

    Well surely this now moves him up the pick list…that is until Origi starts ahead of him enough times before Firmino returns to fitness.

    The big man can’t catch a break…or a proper voodoo doll.

  6. I tell you what, I saw that diamond formation and was all, “Wahhhh!?!!” That’d be something to watch!

    • The one with Studge, Origi, Firms and Coutinho? Indeed, very attacking and could be very productive. It could come at the expense of some midfield control, but heck, what have we to lose?

      Alas, Firmino is injured.

  7. So, given that Milner is suspended and Firmino is now injured, I think the likelihood of Origi starting with Sturridge is indeed very high. We’ve been playing traditional 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 for the last few matches so wouldn’t surprise me to see the same formation with Origi in place of Firmino. 4-4-2 diamond also sounds tantalizing, especially considering what we did to them last time around with that formation, but I think Lucas was in defense at that time and the Allen/Can duo was the ideal one to watch. Doubt Couts or Lallana would have the same effect as a box-to-box MF.

      • Him and Firmino just don’t make a great combo sadly…I wonder if that can change in the future..they don’t seem to compliment one another too well IMO. Origi and Sturridge just sounds a lot better.

        • Maybe with a good pre season. But it will also help if Studge was less of a selfish git.

          He plays for himself rather than the team.

          • But isn’t it a little interesting how he generally seems to link up with all other players with greater ease? Maybe it’s just his post-injury form here that’s playing a factor as well.

          • Origi? Yes, he links well with everyone else. I feel that that has to do with his versatility (different positions) and speed (suited to our style). Plus the fact that he looks out for the team and his general positive attitude – he doesn’t let his head hang down when things don’t go his way.

            Maybe it’s because of his youth. But if you think about, these qualities are expected of more mature players rather than young ones.

            I see the exact same qualities in Ings and Firmino. In that regard, we are blessed because we have at least 3 players in our forward line with the right mental attitude which can take us far.

          • I’d start Big Ben, maybe with Origi but certainly it’s time to give him another start.

  8. This team would do for me

    Origi to play lone striker for 60+ mins then sub in Studge / Big Ben.
    Hope Sakho & Lovren maintain a good run to build understanding and trust in prep for the Dortmund games and beyond.

    Lot of folks on hoping we play the diamond, but I believe Klopp prefers a 4321 or 433.

  9. Interesting news about Hendo – now being widely reported and Klopp quoted so must be something there. Surprise though that he’d actively want to go to Spurs. Understand lure of London and all that but he’s captain of one of the world’s great clubs.

    • Wait Klopp quoted? What did he say? And I thought the reports said that Klopp wanted to let Hendo go, not the other way around.

      • He responded saying he doesn’t want anyone who doesn’t want to be here. Stuff definitely going on behind the scenes. Would prefer to keep but to go forward I suspect we need an upgrade on Hendo in our best 11.

        • Yeah just read the quotes. Doesn’t seem like he’s even hinting it. So tough to tell if this has any wheels behind it really.

  10. With regards to the Hendo rumors, here’s what Klopp had to say on the matter. Taken from Daily Mail, so here’s hoping atleast their quotes are accurate.

    ‘Everything is OK in this moment but nobody in the world, maybe only (Lionel) Messi, is unsellable,’ said Klopp. ‘There is always a situation. I come from a club where always the best players are picked by other teams and at the end, you have to accept a few things and always need to have a Plan B or C.

    ‘I am pretty sure it is only a rumour (Tottenham) but if not and if a player – let’s not say Hendo but any player – comes to me and says he doesn’t feel comfortable and wants to leave, style of play, more money, then you always have to start thinking. That’s all I can say on this.’

    Doesn’t sound bad to me at all. All he seems to be saying is whoever wants to leave the team is free to do so for the right price.

    • first of all i don’t think hendo is going to leave.
      second of all even though klopp will not stop players form leaving, liverpool will not sell to a rival, at least not without at huge fee.
      third of all everybody wants to be part of klopp revolution. If they leave is because he doesn’t want them, not the other way around.

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