Liverpool’s XI against Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final first-leg tomorrow practically picks itself…
Jurgen Klopp has said he’ll choose his strongest possible side, but with injuries, there’s only a certain number of available first-teamers!
“We made the changes [v Plymouth] for different reasons. I actually think there were no alternatives at this moment,” Klopp said, cited in the Echo.
“Wednesday, the best team we can play, that’s how it is. Last year (two legs) a surprise, this year I’m used to it. All good.”
The boss mentioned in the same interview that Loris Karius will continue between the sticks, meaning Simon Mignolet will play on the bench and allow the German signing another chance to impress.
At right-back, Nathaniel Clyne is an automatic choice, as is fit again James Milner at left-back. Joel Matip has only done a few training sessions, meaning Ragnar Klavan will continue his partnership with Dejan Lovren.
Jordan Henderson will back in team training on Thursday, meaning Emre Can should play the anchoring midfield role, enabling Gini Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana to line up either side.
Coutinho’s fit to make the squad but surely won’t start, while Sadio Mane is at the AFCON, meaning a front-three of Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi practically picks itself.
The Brazilian, Matip and Henderson, along with Mignolet, should return for Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford.
So, Reds – does this team have enough to down the Saints?