Last chance saloon for 27-year-old: Three things we expect from Liverpool in clash v Southampton
COMMENT By Matt Bullin
Liverpool face Southampton at Anfield this Sunday as they look to continue in their push for a top four finish.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds beat Watford 1-0 last time out in a gritty performance, and the German will be hoping for more of the same from his side.
With a win they can further consolidate their position in the top four, after moving three points ahead of their nearest rivals, Man City, last week.
Here are three things you can expect from Liverpool in the clash at Anfield.
Can will run the show
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Emre Can’s confidence will be sky-high following his goal of the season contender against Watford. The German has been in fine form in recent weeks and he will once again look to dominate the middle of the park. Although he still has a slightly disappointing goal return, with just five in 29 Premier League appearances this term – so buoyed by last week he may bomb forward even more than usual It is now surely only a matter of time until the club offer Can a new, improved contract as his recent performances have shown how important he is to the side.
Sturridge to put himself in the shop window
Daniel Sturridge looks to be on his way out of Anfield this summer with reported interest from the likes of West Ham picking up pace. He has struggled with injuries all year, though he made a cameo last time out and looked sharp. The 27-year-old should have scored too, after being put through he forced Heurelho Gomes into a fine save – tipping his low effort just wide of the post. The England striker is running out of chances to prove himself to Klopp, and if he cannot do that, the least he can do is put in a shift to prove to other managers out there that he can still do a job in the Premier League. He is drinking from the last chance saloon.
Mignolet will continue to impress
The Reds’ Belgian goalkeeper has another chance for a clean sheet on Sunday. He has kept two in his last three now, and put in a superb performance against Stoke too. Against Watford he looked a different player to the one at the start of the season. Despite having a relatively quiet night, he made a fine save to tip over an Etienne Capoue effort, and he claimed several tricky crosses with ease. He has well and truly confirmed himself as Liverpool’s best ‘keeper, and he will perhaps even force Klopp into retaining him in the spot next season.
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