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Southampton return to Premier League action with a tough game against league leaders Liverpool at St Mary’s on Monday night.
After an impressive start to the 2020/21 campaign; the saints now have failed to win any of their last four matches in the highest category, with only one goal in that time.
Fortunately for the South Coast club, they can welcome coach Ralph Hasenhuttl to the touchline after he missed the game against West Ham after having to self insulating and will be backing his side for an upset against the Merseyside club on Monday.
However, it seems likely that the Austrian will make some changes to his team, with the Saints looking tired at times in their 0-0 draw with West Ham last time out.
This is how Football FanCast expects Hasenhuttl to line up his side against Liverpool, with two changes from the side that started against the Hammers …
On Sunday it was confirmed that Alex McCarthy will have to miss the game after testing positive, so it seems likely that Fraser Forster will come out in his place in goal.
There is a change to the Southampton defense as while Jack Stephens has performed well recently in the absence of Jannik Vestergaard, he is not blessed with pace and could be taken advantage of by Liverpool’s three forwards, who are ultra-fast.
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This allows summer signing Mohammed Salisu to make his first appearance with the Saints and Vestergaard to label the 21-year-old as “great talent“At the beginning of the season, what better way to show it for the central defender by showing his quality against the Champions League.
There is also a change in Southampton midfield, as Stuart Armstrong regains his place in the starting eleven after signing a Contract extension last week and replaces Moussa Djenepo, who has been disappointingly ineffective lately.
Che Adams and Danny Ings weren’t at their best against West Ham, but their pace and play in the Saints offense could cause real problems for this makeshift Liverpool defense, so it would be a surprise if Hasenhuttl didn’t open them up. together in front.
And, in other news … Saints must turn 21 once they were branded “fantastic” in January; has no future under Hasenhuttl