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9th Jan, 2017 | 7:52pm

Sky Sports pundit calls for Liverpool formation change ahead of Southampton clash

By Harvey Byrne

Sky Sports pundit Neil Mellor believes that Liverpool should move away from their usual 4-3-3 formation for Wednesday’s League Cup clash with Southampton.

The Reds are preparing to face the Saints at St Mary’s Stadium for the first leg of the cup semi-finals.

The two sides have already met each other this season, but Liverpool were unable to penetrate a strong Southampton defensive unit in the 0-0 draw.

This has led to former Reds forward Mellor believing that Liverpool have had more success in previous encounters playing a 4-4-2 diamond formation, which includes prolific forward duo Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi playing upfront together.

“Obviously you can go with two upfront in the 4-4-2 diamond,” stated Mellor previewing the game for LFCTV on Monday.

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“Why I’d go for that is because we’ve seen Liverpool play Southampton and score a number of goals down there recently. I’m thinking the 6-1, we went 4-4-2 diamond  and Sturridge and Origi caused absolute havoc that day.

“When we got beat 3-2 in the Premier League we absolutely battered them in the first half, Sturridge up top with Origi as a 4-4-2 diamond.”

Liverpool have a good recent record against Southampton, winning four, drawing two and losing just one of their previous seven encounters.

The Reds also travelled to St Mary’s in the League Cup in the last campaign, playing out a 6-1 scoreline with a Sturridge double accompanying a Origi hat-trick and Jordan Ibe strike.

The two forwards have lined up just once together this campaign in the 2-1 EFL Cup victory over Tottenham.

But, with 13 goals in 37 appearances between them in all competitions this season they will be keen to impress if they are handed an opportunity against the Saints.

In other Liverpool news, the referee has been confirmed for the Reds’ clash with Manchester United.