Liverpool will lock their horns against Southampton in the Premier League on this weekend, with both teams looking to take back all three points at the St. Marys’. The Reds will be keen to get a win in this match to stay in the top four positions in the League table, as they look to perform well in the top flight of English football.
According to some rumours, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp may return with an offer once the 2017-18 season is finished, with Lemar currently valued at around £58.5m. Though it got no proof to establish the fact.
A gigantic £142m deal in January by Coutinho, manager Jurgen Klopp is said to be on hunt for a replacement and Lemar would be a wise choice for the English side.
However, the Reds have decided to end their run after him, and may now focus on other targets ahead of the summer window.
It is reported that Michael Edwards sporting director of Liverpool, held talks with Monaco last August over a potential move for Lemar, but the Reds were unable to agree a deal.
Lemar got the spotlight of Liverpool and Arsenal after he scored 14 goals and claimed 17 assists as Monaco won the Ligue 1 title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.
However, possibly due to the uncertainty over his future, the youngster has failed to repeat that form this term and has only three goals and five assists in 23 appearances.
Liverpool is now at third position in the English Premier League points table, five points below the United and 18 points behind the leader City. They are gonna face Southampton and Porto in the Premier League and Champions League respectively. Liverpool are already out of the FA cup and the Carabao cup run. City are 18 points ahead of them. So they may now focus at the Champions League with all their strength, and what they need is a quality replacement of star player Coutinho!.
Team News :
Alberto Moreno could be missing for this game, due to an injury problem. Otherwise, Klopp will have the full squad in his hand to play. Mignolet will start in Liverpool goal against Southampton while Gomez, Lovren, Van Dijk and Milner are expected to start against City while Chamberlain, Can and Wijnaldum will be in the midfield for Liverpool. Mane, Salah and Firmino will start in the attacking line for Liverpool against the mighty Saints.
Fraser Forster can possibly make the difference on the night if he is able to keep out the opposition strikers and prevent them from scoring goals at the start of the game and can keep his team in it, at crucial times.
The defence will once again comprise of Soares, Yoshida, Stephens and Bertrand, who will have their work cut-out for them on the night. It will be really tough to keep the hosts out, though they will try their best to do so.
Predicted Starting Eleven :
Liverpool : (4-3-3)
Goalkeeper : Mignolet.
Defenders : Gomez, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson.
Midfielders : Milner, Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,
Attackers : Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Southampton : (4-5-1)
Goalkeeper :Fraser Forster
Defenders: Soares, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand
Midfielders : Oriol Romeo, Lemina, Tadic, Davies, Boufal.
Attackers: Shane Long.
My Predicted Scoreline :
Southampton 1-2 Liverpool.