Liverpool expected 4-3-3 v Southampton: Senior player axed in four changes
By Dominic Toner
Liverpool are expected to make four changes to their starting line-up on Wednesday against Southampton.
The Reds are set to make four alterations to their team for the second leg of their EFL Cup tie against the Saints, with a 1-0 deficit to overcome at Anfield.
Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Divock Origi are expected to come into the side for the cup tie, while Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Ragnar Klavan and Emre Can are set to be dropped following the Premier League defeat to Swansea.
Senior defender Klavan is set to be replaced by team-mate Matip in the starting XI, who is available for Jurgen Klopp and he recently featured in Liverpool’s Under-23s.
Karius is set to come back into the side at the expense of Mingolet as he has become Klopp’s preferred option in the cup competitions.
Alexander-Arnold is set to replace Clyne in the team, with the latter only just returning from an injury and the youngster impressing in recent matches.
Matip and Lovren are expected to form the centre-back partnership for the Merseyside club with Klopp picking his best available combination, with James Milner continuing at left-back.
Adam Lallana is expected to drop back into the midfield and play alongside Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum, meaning there is no room for under-fire Can.
That means Origi is set to offer the width for Liveprool and will hope to use his pace to hurt the Southampton defence, while Brazilian pair Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho continue in attack.
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