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Liverpool vs. Southampton – How Reds could line up for Klopp’s first Anfield league game

We take a look at how Jurgen Klopp could line his Liverpool side up for the visit of Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, October 22, 2015: Liverpool's players line up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match against Rubin Kazan at Anfield. Back row L-R: Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne, Emre Can. Front row L-R: Alberto Moreno, James Milner, Joe Allen, Philippe Coutinho Correia. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp goes in search of his first win as Liverpool manager when Ronald Koeman’s Saints arrive on Merseyside for the German’s inaugural Premier League outing at Anfield.

An improved performance and result from Thursday’s anti-climactic Europa League stalemate will certainly be the order of the day from the new boss, as he searches for three points on Merseyside.


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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 21, 2015: Liverpool's James Milner, Christian Benteke, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match against FC Rubin Kazan. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)


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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, October 22, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates the first goal against Rubin Kazan during the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With little room for manoeuvre defensively, the Reds’ back four is likely to remain the same for the third game running.

In midfield, one change is likely to be forthcoming, however, with Lucas coming back into the starting side in place of Joe Allen, who was hauled off at half-time on Thursday night.

The attacking midfield could remain unchanged should Klopp decide Firmino isn’t ready to play from the start, and if the German feels the same over Benteke’s fitness, Divock Origi will make his third consecutive start with Sturridge unlikely to be ready.

One change to the team while keeping with the same 4-3-2-1 setup would see Liverpool line up like this at Anfield:

Saints 4-3-2-1

However, with the possible availability of Firmino and Benteke, Klopp could introduce both from the beginning and set up with his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation in the process.

A tough decision awaits over where the returning Brazilian could come in, but with James Milner serving as stand-in skipper and Philippe Coutinho of vital importance despite being out of form, Firmino could enter for Adam Lallana.

Up front, Benteke can take the place of Origi in a straight swap with his fellow countryman, if he proves his fitness.

That would see the Reds look like this come 16.15pm kick-off time (GMT) on Sunday:

Saints 4-2-3-1

A tough game awaits against Koeman’s men at Anfield, where Klopp will hope that it proves to be third time lucky.

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