Premier League 2018-19: Liverpool’s expected line-up and formation against Southampton

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Liverpool are eyeing six wins from their first six matches in the Premier League when Southampton play them at Anfield this Saturday. Jurgen Klopp’s side has got their season off to a perfect start and will look to continue their streak when they play host to Southampton at Anfield.

Lets look at the formation, as well as the personnel the Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is most likely to opt for.

Jurgen Klopp will most likely opt for a 4-3-3 formation.

Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker

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Alisson Becker

In goal, the summer signing from AS Roma, Alisson Becker is a certainty to start against Southampton on Saturday at Anfield. The Brazilian has looked calm and composed in the opening matches of the Premier League so far, barring that slip-up against Leicester City.

Defenders: Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander Arnold

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Andrew Robertson

Robertson has gone from strength to strength to become a regular figure in Liverpool’s starting lineup.

His understanding of when to go on the overlapping runs and when to fall back and defend was the feature of his game-play in the previous campaign as well as in all the matches played so far. He will be rightfully taking his place at the left-back position for Liverpool against Southampton.

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Virgil van Dijk

Since arriving from Southampton for a record-breaking fee which made him the most expensive defender of all-time, Virgil van Dijk has completely turned the fortunes of Liverpool’s back-line.

He is a leader of men and his presence is of utmost importance especially for the Liverpool back-line. Therefore, he will definitely start against Southampton on Saturday.

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Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez has had a tremendous start to the season and has made that centre back position his own. He is likely to retain his place against Southampton at Anfield following his good showing in all the matches for Liverpool so far. He will look to continue his good work when he plays against Southampton on Saturday.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold

In the absence of Nathaniel Clyne, Alexander-Arnold has cemented his place in Liverpool’s starting XI by virtue of his consistent showings for the club. He is likely to start at the right back position for Liverpool against Southampton at Anfield on Saturday. 

Midfielders: Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson Georgino Wijnaldum

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Naby Keita

Naby Keita has impressed in all the matches in which he has played so far. Once again, he will be expected to control the midfield with his all-round game-play. He will most likely be playing the role of a box-to-box midfielder.

With his energy, he could be the most important player for Liverpool if they are to win the midfield battle against Southampton on Saturday. Therefore, he will be a definite starter for Liverpool.

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Jordan Henderson

English International Jordan Henderson is expected to make a return to the Liverpool line-up as Jurgen Klopp might want to rotate his midfielders. He will most likely replace James Milner, and is expected to play in the middle of the three-man midfield against Southampton on Saturday at Anfield.

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Georgino Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum is likely to start on the right-hand side of midfield for Liverpool at Anfield against Southampton. He has been a consistent performer for Liverpool in the past whenever he has been given the opportunity.

Attackers – Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohammad Salah

Liverpool’s front three are among the easiest to predict due to the outstanding form they showcased during the previous campaign. This campaign as well, very few changes are expected to the front three, barring injuries or epic loss of form.

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Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane will be starting for Liverpool on the left-hand side of the field. Sadio Mane with his pace, dribbling and good finishing attributes has been terrorising defences for quite some time now. He therefore will be a definite starter against Southampton at Anfield on Saturday following his outstanding start to the season.

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Roberto Firmino

The Brazilian is one of the most diligent players in Liverpool’s squad, with an intense work-rate that is difficult to rival.

His awareness of the game and ability to be in the right position at the right time makes him stand apart from his counterparts. Roberto Firmino is without a doubt the lynch-pin of the Liverpool front three. He for sure will be starting against Southampton on Saturday.

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Mohammad Salah

The most predictable entry in the Liverpool starting line-up without any doubt is Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian was spectacular last season with his immaculate dribbling and finishing skills which helped him win the Premier League Golden Boot.

He has started this season in decent form without being spectacular, and the Liverpool fans will be hoping that he builds on it when he takes his place in the starting line-up against Southampton on Saturday at Anfield.

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