Liverpool line-up v Southampton: Wideman tipped to return ahead of crucial top four clash

first_imgLiverpool’s narrow Europa League victory over Besiktas asked more questions of the Redmen than it answered, but for the moment attention returns to the Premier League and the battle for a top four place.The Merseysiders face a massive trip to Southampton this weekend, with just four points separating them and the high-flying Saints.Victory would be a massive boost in Liverpool’s hunt for a Champions League place, while defeat would be a big setback, with fixtures against Man City, Man United and Arsenal on the horizon.Below is how boss Brendan Rodgers’ side could look: Liverpool face Southampton this weekend 1 1 GoalkeeperSimon Mignolet’s continued renaissance means that he will remain between the sticks for Liverpool.DefenceWhile Rodgers’ back three experiment was initially derided by fans and pundits alike, Liverpool’s upswing in form and continued momentum indicates that something seems to be working. Expect it to continue this weekend, despite facing a Southampton side capable of causing problems. The trio of Emre Can, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho have clicked well.MidfieldSteven Gerrard’s absence and Lucas Leiva’s injury problems leave Rodgers with little in the way of options in the middle. Jordan Henderson is one of the first names on the team-sheet, and it seems likely that Joe Allen will partner him.In wider areas, Alberto Moreno will continue and there could be a recall to the starting XI for Lazar Markovic, who was forced to watch the midweek victory over Besiktas from the sidelines owing to his four-match UEFA ban.AttackRaheem Sterling has returned to full fitness, but it remains very much up in the air as to whether he will start or come off the bench. Adam Lallana will naturally be keen to face his former side and could start if Sterling isn’t quite ready, while Philippe Coutinho’s good form means he is almost undroppable. Mario Balotelli’s controversial heroics may have helped his cause, but it’s unlikely that he will displace Daniel Sturridge in attack.Liverpool fans, how do you think you’ll line-up this weekend? Comment below…last_img read more