2 mins: Southampton 0 Liverpool 0
James WP with a chance to deliver an early freekick. Liverpool defend with a perilously high line….
1 mins: Southampton 0 Liverpool 0
Southampton in red with a white slash, Liverpool in sky blue. What a world. Thiago is ruled to have fouled Armstrong.
“We know Henderson has only played at centre half once, how does he cope with the quick feet of Ings, the pace of Walcott?”
Players take knee, we kick off.
The great man Alan Smith
alongside another great feller actually, Martin Tyler, on the Sky comms. Reassuring.
So some interesting selections
Forster in goals for Saints. He’s a good keeper in my view. I am always intrigued by the life of the back up goalie. Would you rather be playing for Southampton once a season or Reading (say) once a week?
Liverpool apparently have no other centre halves so that will be curious to see.
Here is Jurgen Klopp
“Southampton in a 442 are really lively, aggressive, brave. You need to play football, and we are a football playing side. I hope he can be influential but it is not a job for him alone.”
Hendo as a CB?
“Experience, technique, speed, we need everything from him. Sure, he has not played the position much but he plays just a few yards ahead normally and we have had a couple of sessions. If he makes a mistake, then it’s my fault!”
“I would love to be Jurgen Klopp on the sidelines at Anfield, pumping my fist at The Kop. It looks amazing. But I don’t want to spend seven years at Mainz building up to it. Players of my generation don’t want to go down the leagues and do the hard yards.
“Someone like Frank, he hasn’t got the experience to fall back on. That’s why I wouldn’t be hard on him.”
Ince: “Well I did. I started at the bottom and learned. I did get a Premier League job but it was too soon for me.”
Carragher’s point though is that if you get offered the job as Chelsea manager, of course you are going to take it. But “I would love Stevie to get the Liverpool job in ten years time, when he is ready.”
“All of our goalkeepers are developing, you never stop learning and it’s a good chance for Fraser. Both Henderson and Fabinho are of fantastic quality, they are tactically at the very top. And Thiago they have as the six. There are few weaknesses in this team.”
He has never got points vs Liv.
Teams are in
Southampton: Forster, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand, Djenepo, Ward-Prowse, Diallo, Armstrong, Ings, Walcott. Subs: Long, Valery, Smallbone, Tella, Vokins, Ramsay, N’Lundulu, Lewis, Chauke.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Fabinho, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Mane. Subs: Milner, Jones, Minamino, Shaqiri, Origi, Rhys Williams, Phillips, Kelleher, Neco Williams.
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
Three changes for Liverpool
Thiago, Oxlade-C and Wijnaldum are into the Liverpool XI. That is Thiago’s second League start and I believe the Ox’s first.
We will have the teams on the hour
One name who won’t be on the sheet is Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy – he’s only gone and got the Covid. Hope he’s okay.
“After the last round of tests, we have one positive case now with McCarthy, so he’s out for the game on Monday and maybe also the Shrewsbury game, as he has to self-isolate for a period,” Ralph Hasenhuttl explained.
As I understand it
nothing else of import is happening at 8pm on the telly, so I do hope you’ll be able to spend some time with us here.
League leaders in action!
Good evening, welcome to our live blog of the Monday night football match between Southampton and Liverpool. The kick off is at 8pm and we will have the Southampton vs Liverpool team news about an hour before that. In the meantime, here is our build up including some articles about the clubs that caught my eye over the last few days.
Liverpool begin the match top of the league, and indeed they will finish on top of the league as well, assuming they don’t lose by nine goals. Rated: not likely. Jurgen Klopp’s side have 33 points from 16 games, as do Manchester United in second place, but the Anfield men have a significantly better goal difference. But I think it is fair to say that everybody interested in English football, partisan and neutral alike, would love to see a Title race between its two most historic, storied clubs this year.
Enjoyed this about Liverpool ledge and Telegraph Sport columnist Jamie Carragher sponsoring the Spurs and Marine FA Cup tie. The minnows had hopes of a bumper payout but those were sadly Corona-ed.
And talking of Jamie, he says here that he reckons Liverpool have sufficient injury worries that United have to be viewed as serious possible Champions. That can’t have been an easy column! Painful thought for any Liverpool person I am sure. That would be some story if United were to win it, eh? Still, long way to go and all that.
Great news for younger players at Anfield though came from Klopp when he said that’ll he give the kids a chance rather than dipping into the transfer market for the sake of it. Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool will favour playing youngsters over making rash signings
There was some sad news about another great man of the city recently: Gerry Marsden, frontman of Gerry and the Pacemakers, dies aged 78: Singer hailed a ‘Liverpool legend’
Down in Southampton, they are having a decent season. The Saints sit in 9th place, although form of late has been so-so. They’ve had a win, a loss and three draws in their last five. Their last outing was a drab draw against West Ham with the side looking like they could do with a bit of a break/lift/shot in the arm. Couldn’t we all…
All excellent stuff, but for me the article of the day is definitely Thom Gibbs on footballers and interior design, which uses Southampton as a case-study.