Strongest Possible Liverpool Lineup vs Southampton: 4-2-3-1 with star striker to lead...

Strongest Possible Liverpool Lineup vs Southampton: 4-2-3-1 with star striker to lead the line


Despite high expectations in his Anfield debut, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool once again only managed a draw against Rubin Kazan. The team really should have pulled out the win after putting the opponents under immense pressure during the last quarter of the match.

Up next, the Reds face Ronald Koeman and Southampton at home once again. This match is important for Liverpool since the team really needs to build some momentum for the rest of the season.


Simon Mignolet has been playing very well as of late and he has often been the reason why the team has remained in the game. He will need to continue playing well against a Southampton side that has scored 15 goals this year.


Nathaniel Clyne will have his hands full against Southampton, he will be facing a tricky winger in Dusan Tadic. Since Liverpool aren’t exactly great at defending crosses, Clyne will need to keep track of Tadic since he is one of the league leaders in firing the ball into the box.


Martin Skrtel has been inconsistent at best this season but he is still a much better player than either Kolo Toure or Dejan Lovren. On the other hand, Mamadou Sakho has been a bright spot in the team the past few matches and he should carry that form into this Sunday. Both will need to work together to keep Graziano Pelle from taking over the match, the extremely physical striker already has 5 goals this season.


Alberto Moreno has been excellent after being benched earlier in the season and that strong form should continue this weekend. There are a few players who could lineup across from Moreno, Steven DavisSadio Mane and James Ward-Prowse have all played out on the right wing for the Saints, but Ward-Prowse is the most likely candidate out if the three.  

Defensive Midfield

If Ward-Prowse is playing on the wing, that means Lucas Leiva and Emre Can are going to have to work together and try their best to reduce the influence that Mane has on the match. Mane leads his team with 4 assists and keeping him from delivering service to Pelle will really stifle the Southampton attack.

Lucas will likely be the one marking Mane throughout the match while Can will provide support as well as bursting forward whenever the Reds have the ball. The big German has been rejuvenated ever since Klopp’s arrival and he has fit the high-octane style the new manager brought in really well.

Attacking Midfield

The winner of the match will truly come down to whether James MilnerPhilippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are able to create scoring chances for themselves and others. Milner is remarkably consistent throughout his time at Anfield and his leadership in the absence of Jordan Henderson is badly needed but it would be helpful if he took more risks rather than taking the safe route all the time.

Coutinho has not been himself the last few weeks and that has sapped the team of a lot of creativity. Lastly, Firmino makes his return to the starting lineup after making a substitute appearance against Rubin Kazan. The Brazilian has not made a huge impact during his short career at Liverpool but this upcoming match is the perfect opportunity for him to remind fans why the team paid a lot of money for him.


Christian Benteke also returns as the lead striker as Divock Origi has struggled while Daniel Sturridge is once again dealing with an injury. Benteke almost won the game for the Reds on Thursday but he unfortunately hit the post.

He will hopefully get a goal this weekend to boost his confidence but a lot of that may come down to how his teammates play, Benteke needs service to make an impact. Also, having to deal with Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk certainly doesn’t help.



Via – Lineup Builder



  1. Its becoming more clearer that Coutinho is not a Javier Pastore that this team needs,neither is Lallana.Great No10s that football world has seen are one touch players,very selfless and silkly in movement.We dont have one.Thus,we’re struggling for goals.I dont know much about Firmino in No10.Maybe tomorow he might prove himself.but we dont have a PASTORE.YNWA

  2. The lineup pictured there at the bottom is a mistake and will be fixed, but the article clearly states that Sakho will be Skrtel’s partner and not Lovren. As for Lallana, he is a hard working midfielder but Firmino is still the more creative player and he is more capable of providing the spark that the team badly needs. But who knows, Klopp may still go with Lallana, the Englishman is a very solid option and his familiarity with Southampton could provide some extra motivation for him to start and play well.

    • Id almost drop Coutinho, put Lalana on the left and Firmino in the middle. Ibe deserves a start to bring pace down the right with Milner and Can in the midfield.
      If Milner wasnt vice captain I would play Lucas instead at the moment.


      Swap Coutinho and Firmino and put Ibe on for Milner. Firmino will be a better number 10 scoring more goals with only the 1 striker