Joe Allen starts as Sterling starts on the bench against Southampton.
Starting XI : Mignolet, Johnson, Flanagan, Agger, Skrtel, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Coutinho, Sturridge, Suarez
Subs : Jones, Toure, Cissokho, Moses, Aspas, Sterling, Teixeira
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Here is my video preview for Southampton vs Liverpool (Can we get revenge?)
Liverpool face Southampton this Saturday and it’ll see Liverpool half way through their revenge missions against teams that have beaten them this season. Southampton were the first team to beat Liverpool and the only one to do so at Anfield. For me, they’re the only side this season to give them a real headache, they played to all of Liverpool’s weaknesses and gave us no room for mistakes, unfortunately one piece of slack marking and a decent header from Dejan Lovren, who they’ll be without this weekend cost Liverpool the game and without Luis Suarez were unable to find a response.
The ghosts of Hull and Arsenal, and perhaps even Everton have already been put to bed in the league this season. 11 goals and only one against shows that Brendan Rodgers is making sure they if you fool Liverpool once shame on Rodgers, but attempt to fool Liverpool twice and it’s shame on you. Tactically Brendan has got it spot on in the return fixtures, in fact he’s only dropped points against Aston Villa and West Brom this season, one of which we did well to get any points from at all. Liverpool once again must show that they’ve learnt from their mistakes, anything less at this point in the season just won’t be good enough.
Southampton come into this game off the back of a defeat to West Ham United, 3-1 it was and Southampton by their own admission were poor. Since then though Roy Hodgson will have given belief to some regulars in their side, Lambert, Rodriguez, Lallana and left back Luke Shaw have played well enough since the last international to be recalled and in Shaw’s case receive his first call up to the senior side. Though we should not forget, Roy the boy didn’t only call on his new Southern quartet, Gerrard, Johnson and Sturridge will be joined by their inform team mates, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling this time round and with all 9 set to start this Saturday you’d expect all of them to be fighting for a place on the Brazil bound plane.
A lot of fans seem to be worried about this weekend and less so about the home fixtures against those around them. The fear factor Southampton pose is bred from the performance that had Anfield applauding them off the pitch in some sections. After the early season form that was up their with the best in the league Southampton as you’d expect have tailed off and while look set to finish in the top half, a European place doesn’t seem achievable at this stage. I think if Liverpool start as well as they have been doing and punish the Saints early on then they’ll be fine, if Liverpool find themselves unable to make the break through early however, then I wonder how much resolve we’ll show to keep our top four push rolling. It’s time to avenge Southampton.What do you think? Result predictions welcome in the comments section!
Roy Hodgson unveiled his squad for the friendly match against Denmark at Wembley on March 5. Five Liverpool players were named in Hodgson’s 30-man squad.
Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Glen Johnson, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson will play against Daniel Agger, who plays his international matches for the ‘Danish Dynamite’. For Henderson, it could mean a first appearance for England since November 2013 – a long time ago – but Rodgers said in an interview that he thinks that Jordan fully deserves it.
Rodgers said: It’s a wonderful demonstration of how hard he’s been working, but importantly how well he’s been playing.
“England have got a lot of good midfield players, a lot of outstanding players – and Jordan is up there among them. England is a better squad when Jordan is in it.”
The youngster Sterling could be rewarded with a second cap for his country as there’s also place for him in the England squad. The boss thinks that he’s really grown as a young player: “In the period since he came into the team, he’s been outstanding, so it’s easy to forget he’s still only 19 years of age”.
“There’s no doubt in his position that he’s one of the best players in England. Over the course of these last few months, you could argue there hasn’t been anyone better than him in the England squad in that position.
“It’s a great reward for him, his maturity and how he’s approached the pressures of playing because he’s played with a wonderful freedom and is working very, very hard for the team”.
Written by @LFC_newsblogger
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