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Liverpool: Predicted Reds XI to play Southampton on Saturday

Liverpool are back in Premier League action tonight following a two-week break as they host Southampton at Anfield.

Last Sunday, the Reds’ away clash at Old Trafford to face Manchester United was postponed due to fan protests. It means that Jurgen Klopp’s men come into the clash with Saints having most recently drawn 1-1 with Newcastle United.

How many changes could the German be tempted to make for tonight’s game?

We are anticipating just two alterations at Anfield on Saturday evening from the Newcastle game, neither of them enforced.

First and foremost, Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson will be selected in between the sticks.

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There will likely be one change in the defence in front of him, though. The headline switch will be Nathaniel Phillips’ return to the backline after a slight layoff,. as Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that the 24-year-old has recovered from a problem which was keeping him out.

The £64k-per-week defender – who has won a squad-high 5.5 headers per game this season – will replace Fabinho, who should move back into his preferred position in the centre of the park. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ozan Kabak and Andrew Robertson should all remain in the back four.

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Whilst Fabinho will be reintroduced into midfield, there could be another slight change alongside him, as Thiago Alcantara is likely to drop out to make room for the returning Phillips.

James Milner could come into the team, rounding off a midfield three of him, the Brazilian and Georginio Wijnaldum.

The veteran England midfielder could replace Diogo Jota. The Portuguese forward is five without a goal in all competitions and could likely drop down the bench. This would duly see Klopp field his regular front three of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

The Senegal forward has only scored once against his former employers so will surely be keen to improve upon that underwhelming record.

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