Liverpool predicted XI v. Southampton: Jurgen Klopp set to make three key changes

Liverpool are up against Southampton in the Premier League this weekend, and go into the fixture on the back of a poor run of form.

After looking to have secured slender 1-0 victories against Leeds and Newcastle, the Reds collapsed in both games and dropped four points.

Southampton played out a 1-1 draw with Leicester City recently, but may fancy themselves against an out-of-form Liverpool side.

Jurgen Klopp tinkered with his starting XI against Newcastle, with some decisions caused by ill-timed injuries, but here’s how we see him setting up against the Saints…

Wijnaldum and Thiago played as a duo against Newcastle, but it wasn’t as effective as it’d seem on paper

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In goal will be Alisson, and he’ll have a back four of Ozan Kabak, Nat Phillips, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

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New report claims Liverpool’s 20-goal star wants to leave as PSG see forward as a Mbappe replacement – Le Parisien

PSG are reportedly considering Liverpool star Mo Salah as a potential replacement for Kylian Mbappe, should the Frenchman depart in the summer window, as reported by Le Parisien (via Sport Witness).

The report in question has claimed that the Egyptian would be prepared to leave the Reds should if the aforementioned eventuality were to occur.

Speculation has surrounded the former Roma man’s future at Anfield following a spate of interviews in which the 28-year-old suggested he would be open to a switch abroad.

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Given that the forward also made clear his desire for renewed terms at Liverpool, effectively leaving the ball in our hierarchy’s court, it’s far from set in stone that the 20-goal man would be interested in parting ways come the season end.

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Over 3,000 Liverpool fans have their say on Minamino’s future with resounding answer

Thousands of Liverpool fans have weighed in on an interesting debate regarding the future of Japan international Takumi Minamino.

A tweet posted by our friends over at LFC Transfer Room included a poll which quizzed Twitter users on whether the Reds should keep or sell the forward.

At the time of writing, the poll has just under 3,000 participants and the message is clear: with 67% of the vote, fans think it’s time to move Minamino on.

Take a look at the full results below:

Minamino had a few highlights from the first half of the season with Liverpool, particularly in the domestic cups

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Premier League introduces measures to prevent breakaway tournaments after ESL fiasco

The Premier League have confirmed in a statement on their website they’re introducing new measures to prevent breakaway leagues in the future.

Alongside a host of other giant clubs from around the continent, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur proposed the ‘European Super League’ – but their dream was short-lived.

Less than 48 hours after it was announced, the Premier League sides involved pulled out of the plans and it began to collapse.

The proposed European ‘Super League’ was welcomed with fierce criticism

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The Premier League has now announced new measures to ensure the threat of a breakaway league cannot be repeated – these are as follows…

•    Additional rules and regulation to ensure the principles of the Premier League and open competition are protected

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Manchester United could force Liverpool to wait for fixture reschedule

Liverpool could be forced to wait for their Premier League fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford to be rescheduled.

Because of the fan protests against the club’s ownership, the match was called off before the players had left their hotels.

The problem with rescheduling the fixture is United’s busy calendar for the next few weeks.

As the Red Devils are still competing in the Europa League, their potential mid-week slots are already occupied with Roma and the final in Gdansk – the latter of which is pencilled in.

The Premier League’s biggest fixture was called off this weekend after Manchester United fans stormed Old Trafford

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That means United have two fixtures per week until the end of the Premier League season, posing a rescheduling issue.

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Liverpool loanee backed to play again for Reds after promising loan spell: ‘He is absolute quality’

Mick McCarthy has suggested that Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson could still have a future at Anfield, as reported by the BBC.

The 24-year-old registered a remarkable hat-trick to help Cardiff City secure a 4-0 victory against Birmingham.

“Why could he not go back to Liverpool and play there?” the 62-year-old said.

“He is their player. I’m not going to pick and choose where he should go, but he is absolute quality.

“He is a great pro. Even the first game when he was left out and everybody was shocked, he responded brilliantly.

“That’s what I love about him. His ability and sheer determination to play.

“He is Liverpool’s player and I would love to see him go back and play there.

“But he has been to Hull, Bournemouth, Derby, here. I think he feels he got a raw deal from the Premier League from his time at Bournemouth, because they Read the rest

Christian Falk issues transfer update on Konate to Liverpool

Renowned journalist Christian Falk has confirmed that Ibrahima Konate’s reported move to Liverpool remains very much in the works.

Speaking to Bild (via Sport Witness), the German explained that the Frenchman’s release clause is yet to be activated but that a deal is being arranged.

“Bild journalist Christian Falk is the one keeping this story alive, explaining the deal ‘is in the pipeline’, explaining the ‘agent is working hard on it’,” Tom Coast wrote.

The clause is still there to be activated, and while the deal is ‘not confirmed’, the reporter feels it’s all ‘going very quickly now’.

“The RB Leipzig players had the week off last week, which is when there were ‘supposed to have been very close talks and negotiations’, thus suggesting this could be done sooner rather than later.”

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Liverpool named as destination for €45m defender by Italian source

Juventus defender Merih Demiral has been linked with a move away from Italy, with Liverpool said to be keen on the services of the Turkey international.

The reigning Premier League champions aren’t alone, though – with rivals Manchester City also credited with interest.

That’s according to Italian outlet TuttoJuve, who claim the duo are among the main contenders for Demiral this summer.

Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for RB Leipzig star Ibrahima Konate, while it’s anticipated the Reds will make Ozan Kabak’s move permanent at the end of the season.

Merih Demiral’s compatriot, Ozan Kabak, has made a good impression during his loan deal with Liverpool

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Where that would leave Demiral is anyone’s guess, but the Turkey international has been told he can leave Juventus, as per Fanatik – but only for a fee of €45 … Read the rest

Fabrizio Romano explains why Konate’s switch to Liverpool ‘could take some time’

Fabrizio Romano has explained that the transfer of Ibrahima Konate to Liverpool “could take some time” due to the wholesale changes occurring at RB Leipzig.

This comes from the Here We Go podcast, where the Italian confirmed that the Frenchman’s potential Anfield switch is still on course.

“Konate is going to Liverpool as announced days ago. The agreement is done with the player,” the Sky Sports journalist said.

“Konate is set to join Liverpool, they are just to pay the release clause to RB Leipzig.

“You know about the timing – something could change because the director is going to change and the new manager of Leipzig, so it’s a particular moment for RB Leipzig and that’s why it could take some time.

“But Liverpool are prepared to pay the release clause of Konate – they want to sign Konate – it’s just a matter of time.”

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Everton set sights on former Liverpool star, but it’ll cost them more than €40m – report

Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has reportedly attracted the attention of Everton.

Our Merseyside rivals have been credited with interest in the Brazilian by “Tz” – as cited by Spanish outlet MARCA.

They claim Everton are prepared to bid €40 million for Coutinho, but initial indications suggest a heftier fee will be required, despite Barcelona’s financial woes.

The Blues have a good relationship with the Catalan side, with former players Andre Gomes, Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina now plying their trade at Goodison Park.

But a move to Everton for Coutinho seems unlikely, based on his history with bitter rivals Liverpool.

Coutinho in action for Liverpool

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Our Take

We didn’t realise silly season was allowed to start while the current campaign is ongoing!

Coutinho has struggled at Barcelona and while moving to a club the size … Read the rest