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PL PREVIEW: Liverpool vs. Southampton – Prediction, Team News, Lineups

Nathan Jones faces a baptism of fire in his first game in charge of Southampton, who meet Liverpool at Anfield for Saturday’s final round of Premier League matches before the World Cup.

Both sides progressed in the EFL Cup on penalties in midweek, with the Reds seeing off Derby County, while the Saints got the better of Sheffield Wednesday.

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool’s medical room is still occupied by the trio of Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, Arthur and Naby Keita, but Joel Matip is back in training and has a slim chance of being involved.

On a brighter note, James Milner is expected to return from concussion protocol to boost Klopp’s options in the engine room, and the Reds boss was not averse to handing starts to the likes of Stefan Bajcetic, Calvin Ramsay, Melkamu Frauendorf and Layton Stewart in the EFL Cup.

Having given the youngsters a run-out in midweek, Klopp should revert to the same XI that got the job done against Tottenham last weekend, as Salah aims to make it 100 goal contributions in 100 Premier League games at Anfield. The Egyptian sits on 70 strikes and 29 assists from 99 top-flight home games for Liverpool, and only Thierry Henry has at least 100 contributions in 100 such matches in Premier League history.

Meanwhile, Jones favoured a three-man backline during the latter stages of his time in charge of Luton Town, and he may stick with such a formula here given Valentino Livramento and Kyle Walker-Peters’s injuries.

Eighteen-year-old Juan Larios started at right-back against Newcastle before coming off in the first half with an adductor injury, but no fresh concerns have arisen following Wednesday’s EFL Cup win.

Stand-in manager Ruben Selles handed Sekou Mara and Sam Edozie opportunities to impress from the first whistle in midweek, but Jones should place his faith in Che Adams and Mohamed Elyounoussi at Anfield.

Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Salah, Fabinho, Thiago, Elliott; Nunez, Firmino

Southampton possible starting lineup:
Bazunu; Lyanco, Bella-Kotchap, Salisu; Elyounoussi, Ward-Prowse, Lavia, S. Armstrong, Perraud; Aribo, Adams

PREDICTION

We say: Liverpool 2-1 Southampton

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