COMMENT By Matt Bullin
Jurgen Klopp should freshen up his side with two changes and a formation reshuffle when his side take on Southampton on Sunday.
Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge should both start in a 4-2-3-1 after completing their respective returns from injury last time out during the 1-0 win at Watford.
Lallana played 70 minutes, and while Sturridge was only on for five he looked sharp and more dangerous than Divock Origi had been all game.
Sturridge should spearhead Klopp’s attack in place of senior attacker Origi who has not scored in four matches, while Roberto Firmino should slot in behind the England striker in a number 10 role, ensuring he is not wasted out wide.
Providing he is fit, Philippe Coutinho should start along side Firmino on the left, with Lallana on the right.
Lucas Leiva and Emre Can should operate in the two holding midfield roles in front of the back four.
This means Gini Wijnaldum, a mainstay of the Reds’ midfield, drops out which is unfortunate, but Can is undroppable at the moment, and Lucas would provide more of a defensive screen than the Dutchman.
The back four should all retain their places following a fine, resolute performance against Watford.
James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne operating in the full-back roles, and Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip in the middle.
Simon Mignolet should start in goal after a fine few weeks, he did not have a lot to do on Monday night, but he collected several balls into the box confidently.
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