2 Dec 2015

Great News for Liverpool: Massive triple injury boost as Klopp promises to play 'strongest team' [PREDICTION LEAGUE]

It's three wins in a week for Liverpool, and with six wins and 3 draws in his first ten games, it's fair to say that the Reds are on the right track under Jurgen Klopp. Will it all come crashing down against Southampton tonight?

Pre-match news:

* Klopp has confirmed that Brazilian maestro Philippe Coutinho is available for selection after his hamstring niggle.

* Liverpool's manager also confirmed that Henderson and Sturridge are fit, and will be included in the match-day squad.

* Adam Bogdan has started the previous two League Cup games (and acquitted himself with distinction), but Klopp refused to be confirm that the Hungarian 'stopper is starting tonight's game. In my view, it shouldn't even be a question; Bogdan deserves to start.

In his pre-match press conference, Klopp insisted that he will play his 'strongest team' against Southampton, and if he sticks to that vow, then I'd expect to see the following line-up:

------------- Mignolet
Clyne --- Skrtel - Lovren ---- Moreno
----- Hendo --- Lucas --- Milner
------- Coutinho - Firmino
------------- Sturridge

My preferred line-up:

------------- Bogdan
Clyne --- Skrtel - Lovren ---- Moreno
----- Milner - Lucas --- Allen
------- Coutinho - Teixeira
------------- Firmino

* I don't want to see Can or Lallana anywhere near the starting line-up, and with Henderson and Sturridge on the way back, hopefully those two will be consigned to the bench from now on.

* Benteke had a 'mare against Swansea, and after three games in 8 days, he's due a rest.

* I'm not holding out any hope for Teixeira starting the game, but it'll be great to see him get some pitch time.

PREDICTION LEAGUE

You have until 7.45PM (GMT) to make your predictions.

* 20 Points: First goalscorer.

* 30 Points: Number of saves Mignolet or Bogdan will have to make.

* 40 Points: Liverpool's collective possession percentage.

* 50 Point Triple-Whammy: Perfect score + first goalscorer + number of saves (Possible points total: 130)

* 'Hasta La Vista, Baby' Mega-Bonus: 100 points for Perfect score + first goalscorer + number of saves + possession percentage (Possible points total: 230)

* Note: Score predictions/number of saves apply to game time only, not the penalty shootout (if there is one).

My prediction: 2-2. First goalscorer = Sturridge. 7 saves. 56% possession.

Note: Teixeira is nicknamed the 'New Deco'.

Author: Jaimie K



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