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Liverpool: Klopp must unleash Andy Robertson v Southampton

Liverpool are back in action at Anfield once again this afternoon with a Premier League clash against Southampton, after beating Arsenal 4-0 in their previous league game followed by their 2-0 victory over FC Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday, both of which were also on home turf.

With Klopp making four changes from the Gunners match for the European fixture against Porto, it will be intriguing to see how many alterations he makes today.

On the chalkboard

One player who didn’t start in midweek but should be in the starting XI to face the Saints this afternoon is Andy Robertson.

Kostas Tsimikas failed to make even one tackle in midweek and won just one of his six duels, as well as losing possession 15 times and completing just one of his six crosses before being replaced by the Scottish left-back in the second half. That could perhaps sway Klopp into starting the 27-year-old ahead of the Greece international today.

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Since joining the Merseyside club back in the 2017 summer transfer window from Hull City in a deal worth a reported fee of £10m, Robertson – who has been labelled an “inspirational” player by compatriot Darren Fletcher – has made 190 appearances for the Reds across all competitions.

Along with cementing himself as a crucial figure for Liverpool, the 27-year-old, who is currently earning £50k-per-week according to Spotrac, has also proved himself as a deadly attacking force for the Reds by scoring five goals and providing 39 assists along the way.

With this in mind, even though he’s only provided two assists so far this season for Liverpool across all competitions, he could be a real danger to the Saints today as an attacking outlet for the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, if he is preferred to Tsimikas.

Who would you start at left-back against Southampton?

Andy Robertson

Andy Robertson

Kostas Tsimikas

Kostas Tsimikas

Considering how Southampton have only conceded three goals more than Liverpool in the league and with Klopp saying that his team will need to be “creative” to break Hasenhuttl’s side down, this could also work in Robertson’s favour in terms of team selection.

Taking all of this into account, if the Reds boss plays the Scot today and he manages to put in an impressive performance, he definitely has what it takes to keep his place in the team moving forward.

Also, with Robertson having yet to register a goal or assist in nine previous games against Southampton, he will definitely want to get off the mark in this regard from an individual point of view.

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