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Watch Jurgen Klopp’s post-match press conference – Southampton 1-2 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 18:04

Jurgen Klopp defended Adrian and praised Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as Liverpool scraped to a 2-1 win over Southampton on Sunday to make it three in three.

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The Reds equalled their best-ever run of victories in the Premier League era as goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino sealed the three points at St Mary’s.

It was a tough game on the south coast, however, as following their exploits in the UEFA Super Cup, Liverpool were met by a relentless Saints side.

And Adrian almost sparked a comeback for the hosts as he gifted Danny Ings a goal deep into the second half, but thankfully Klopp’s side were able to hold on for the win.

This could prove a hugely important result for the Reds, and comes on the back of a trophy lift that saw the club restore their status as the most successful in English history.

“I have nothing to do with pretty much 98 percent of the trophies the club has won, or 99 percent!” he reflected.

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“It took long enough to get rid of the burden of all the success in the past, so it’s good that we won the game.

“We will never forget that, but actually it’s easy to be happy after the game and be concentrated the next morning.

“It’s not like we now run constantly and celebrate, that’s all.

“That’s why I like it so much, we are not used to winning big things but coming to Southampton, I really loved how much respect we showed today.

“I said before the game this looks like the biggest banana skin in history. The headlines were already written.

“The headline I would prefer is ‘Mentality Giants Were in Town’. The boys did outstandingly well today.”

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) and Southampton's Jan Bednarek (R) during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first Premier League start in 16 months, after his first back in any competition on Wednesday, and was markedly improved from midweek in Istanbul.

The difference came with a return to his preferred midfield role, and Klopp was full of praise for his No. 15 after the game.

“Brilliant. It was different, outstandingly good,” the manager said,

“Forty-five minutes on Wednesday, they helped for sure. To feel the intensity, and know you are ready, and then today we had to make changes and we did.

“Especially for us in the centre of the park it’s really important they are there, ready for all these long runs and decisive things.

“It was just good to have this opportunity, and Ox was obviously not bad today!”

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Adrián San Miguel del Castillo reacts during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp was asked a series of questions on Adrian‘s error, but used Alisson‘s similar issues in possession in the first weeks of last season to deflect blame from the stand-in ‘keeper.

“[I told him] welcome. Ali did the same, obviously it’s a goalie thing at Liverpool,” he said.

“No problem with that as long as we win the games.”

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Southampton 1-2 Liverpool: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 17:55

Jürgen Klopp saluted Liverpool for an 'outstanding job' done following their 2-1 win at Southampton on Saturday.

A stunning Sadio Mane goal put the Reds ahead on the stroke of half-time at St Mary's, before Roberto Firmino's fine finish with 71 minutes on the clock appeared to have wrapped up an ultimately comfortable victory.

However, Danny Ings pulled one back late on for Southampton, the former Liverpool striker capitalising on a misjudged pass from Adrian to ensure a nervy end to proceedings.

The Reds, though, held out to secure all three points - much to the delight of Klopp.

Read on for a summary of the boss' post-match press conference...

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On whether the victory is more significant and ‘bigger than it might have been’ given his side’s UEFA Super Cup exploits in midweek…

No. We played here last year I don’t know after which game and it was difficult. Southampton is a good team, they defend well, they are really just difficult to play. Good counter-attacks, good organisation, all that stuff. Last year, we were 1-0 down and won 3-1 right? That was really difficult and this afternoon it was difficult again. Nothing to do with the game in midweek: I said before the game, if we would have come here with two weeks’ preparation it would be difficult. So I liked the game a lot, to be honest. It’s not allowed to think too much about Wednesday but of course I know it, so I was really impressed with how fresh we looked, in the start especially, just how good we were.

We controlled the game, we were fluent, all that stuff and then with the long balls and set-pieces Southampton came up then. But Sadio scored a fantastic goal in pretty much the best moment at least of the first half, in the last second pretty much. That helped, of course, and in the second half we made other big steps. We really controlled the game better, did a lot of good things, and then minute 83, I saw it up on the screen, and Adrian thought ‘I played really well, so maybe I have to make the same mistake as Ali did!’ and kept the game a little bit open. So then they came up and Ingsy had a big chance. That’s normal and I think then the boys felt the tiredness, that was the moment you think, ‘Really? Now we have to go again?’ So, we kept the result, I think we deserved the three points and I’m completely fine with that.

On whether he spoke to Adrian about his error…

Yes: ‘You finally arrived, welcome!’ Ali did the same. Obviously it’s a goalie thing at Liverpool, no problem with that as long as we win the games. All good.

On Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s display…

Brilliant. It was outstanding good. It was 45 minutes on Wednesday, we can now say they helped for sure, to get the minutes, to feel the intensity, and know you are ready for the intensity. Then today we had to make changes and we did. Especially for us it’s really important that in the centre of the park we are ready for all these long runs, all these decisive things, so we changed there… it was good to have this opportunity and Ox was obviously not bad today.

On Adrian’s performance…

Adrian had a swollen ankle and we played too many balls back to him in that period. I was happy with everything he did today, all the saves, all that stuff. The other players have to then feel more the responsibility for the build-up and cannot give all the balls back to him and hope the pain-killers still help or whatever. I don’t think the goal was because of that, but a few other balls were. He is completely good with his feet. If you would have seen his ankle on Thursday after we left the plane then you would say even the pass before the [Southampton] goal was better than you would have expected! It is all fine.

 

On how close Adrian was to not playing…

He had a clearing session this morning at 10 o’clock and then the message flew to my iPhone and said he is fine. If the message would have been he is not then I would have had to make a decision, but until then it was all good. We were waiting for that. He said at breakfast he would be fine, but we had to test it and that’s what we did.

On adding two trophies to Liverpool’s overall haul in the last couple of months…

I have nothing to do with pretty much 99 per cent of the trophies the club have won! It took long enough to get rid of the burden of all the success in the past, so it is good we won the games. We will never forget that for sure, our supporters will never forget that. Actually, it is easy to be happy after the game and then be concentrated the next morning about the next thing. It is not that we now run constantly through the floors or whatever and celebrate and don’t put our arms down! It’s all OK. That’s why I liked it so much [today]. We are not used to winning big things and then coming to Southampton, I really loved how much respect we showed today. I said before the game that this looks like the biggest banana skin in history; everybody is waiting for it and probably all the headlines were written already. I told the boys the headline I would prefer is ‘the mentality giants were in town’ – that’s how I feel it in the moment. The boys did an outstanding job for today, all good, let’s go home, recover and start again.

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Southampton 1-2 Liverpool: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 17:55
Jürgen Klopp saluted Liverpool for an 'outstanding job' done following their 2-1 win at Southampton on Saturday.
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Jurgen Klopp defends Adrian after familiar error at Southampton

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 17:46

Jurgen Klopp insisted he had “no problem” with Adrian‘s error as Liverpool won 2-1 at Southampton, pointing to a similar mistake from Alisson last year.


The Reds were cruising at 2-0 up as they went up a gear in the second half at St Mary’s when Adrian‘s skewed a simple clearance into the onrushing Danny Ings.

Liverpool’s old No. 28 couldn’t have missed if he tried, and the 83rd-minute goal gave life to a home crowd desperate to avoid a second straight defeat to start the season.

Thankfully, the visitors were able to hold on, but with Adrian struggling on the ball throughout there are obvious concerns among supporters as Alisson remains sidelined.

But speaking at his post-match press conference, Klopp pointed towards the Brazilian’s own slack possession play in the early games of his Reds career—most notably costing a goal against Leicester—in defence of his new backup.

“Second half we made another big step, controlled the game better, did a lot of good things,” he told reporters including This Is Anfield.

“Then minute 83 showed up on the screen and Adrian thought ‘I played really well, so maybe like Ali did maybe I have to make the same mistake’, and kept the game open.

“The boys then went ‘really? We have to go again?’.”

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates at the final whistle after the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp was asked if he had spoken to the summer signing about his error, and he confirmed he had—but rather than criticise, he joked that he had told Adrian: “Finally, you arrived.”

“[I told him] welcome. Ali did the same, obviously it’s a goalie thing at Liverpool,” he continued.

“No problem with that as long as we win the games.”

Adrian came close to missing the game due to an ankle injury sustained in the celebrations in Wednesday night’s UEFA Super Cup victory over Chelsea, but the swelling subsided and the Spaniard was able to start.

However, while Klopp stressed that he had no issue with starting Adrian, he blamed his defenders for playing too many passes back.

“He had a clearing session this morning at 10 o’clock, and then the message flew to my phone that he was fine,” he explained.

“If the message was ‘he’s not fine’, then I’d have to make a decision. He said at breakfast he would be fine, but we had to test it.”

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Southampton's manager Ralph Hasenhüttl before the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Meanwhile, speaking directly after Klopp, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed he instructed his players to put pressure on the “not that comfortable” stopper to force errors.

“It’s no secret that the goalkeeper who is not in at the moment is for sure a fantastic footballer,” he said of Alisson.

“[Adrian]’s new, it’s normal that he’s not that comfortable and if you force him into mistakes maybe the mistakes come.

“We forced the mistake and that’s why he scored.”

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Liverpool survive scare to beat Saints

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 17:13
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Report and highlights as Southampton come close after Adrian's clearance rebounds in off Danny Ings

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2:59 Highlights from Liverpool's 2-1 win over Southampton on Saturday Highlights from Liverpool's 2-1 win over Southampton on Saturday

Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino's goals gave Liverpool a 2-1 win at Southampton despite a late scare from the hosts.

A Liverpool performance which had started so poorly on the south coast still held a half-time lead thanks to Mane's curling strike just before the break, and they marked a much-improved second half with a smart finish from Firmino (71).

But goalkeeper Adrian, who passed a late fitness test to start the game, had a moment to forget when his clearance rebounded in off Danny Ings to set up a tense ending, during which the ex-Liverpool forward missed a golden chance to level from close-range.

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Southampton: Gunn (7), Valery (7), Bednarek (5), Vestergaard (6), Yoshida (5), Betrand (6), Hojbjerg (6), Ward-Prowse (6), Romeu (7), Redmond (7), Adams (5).

Subs: Ings (6), Armstrong (5), Djenepo (6).

Liverpool: Adrian (6), Alexander-Arnold (6), Matip (5), Van Dijk (7), Robertson (7), Milner (6), Wijnaldum (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (7), Salah (7), Firmino (7), Mane (8).

Subs: Fabinho (6), Origi (6), Henderson (n/a).

Man of the match: Sadio Mane

Southampton were left with nothing to show for a spirited effort come the full-time whistle, while Liverpool continued their perfect start and avoided any major issues from their 4,000-mile round trip to Istanbul for the Super Cup last Wednesday.

Liverpool ride luck to stay perfect

Whether a result of their excursion to eastern Europe in midweek or not, Liverpool were well below their best and struggled to get any of their potent front-line into the game.

Their cause was not aided by James Milner's lengthy absence to receive stitches in a head injury, and with a man extra Southampton came close to an opener when James Ward-Prowse's corner was met by Maya Yoshida, but an instinctive save from Adrian kept the ball out.

Che Adams later should have opened his Saints account with another header from Oriel Romeu's cross but nodded over the bar unmarked from 12 yards.

Sadio Mane's strike lit up an otherwise poor first-half Liverpool performance Sadio Mane's strike lit up an otherwise poor first-half Liverpool performance Sadio Mane's strike lit up an otherwise poor first-half Liverpool performance

With Liverpool unpunished for their sluggish start, they struck a cruel blow on the stroke of half-time. Mane was given space on the edge of the area from a throw-in and curled beyond Angus Gunn to dramatically alter the course of the game.

The half-time break did nothing to stop Liverpool taking full advantage of the momentum a goal can give, and suddenly they looked the side in full control.

It looked like the old Liverpool when Mane's clip over the top allowed Mohamed Salah to run through on goal before Gunn saved with his legs, but the front three didn't need to be at their best to double their lead. Mane robbed Jan Bednarek from a Southampton throw and cut in from the left before firing across the goalkeeper.

Firmino and Andrew Robertson missed chances to add to the scoreline with Southampton looking deflated, but they had reason to believe again when Adrian's howler of a clearance struck Ings and rebounded in.

Ings was a whisker away from stunning his former club minutes later when Jan Valery's low cross found him, but he side-footed wide from a great position.

Manager reaction

Ralph Hasenhuttl: "If you play against a big team, you need a good performance to take something. We had a fantastic first half, a lot of chances and stressed them very early, invested a lot. A lot more than against Burnley, and I had a good feeling.

2:32 Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl felt his side weren't clinical enough Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl felt his side weren't clinical enough

"But Mane scored a fantastic goal, these strikers are unbelievable, they do not need time and space and the second half was more difficult when they became more comfortable."

Jurgen Klopp: "It looked like a proper, proper banana skin since Wednesday night, it was about headlines and they had already been prepared. My favourite headline is the mentality giants are in town, and that's the game I saw.

"I'm really proud of what the boys did, I was part of the travel and what the boys did. We deserved the three points, no doubt about that, they had a little rise when Adrian helped them with the goal, but he's now arrived at Liverpool."

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  • Liverpool have now won 11 consecutive Premier League matches, equalling their best -ever winning streak in the competition, previously set between February and April 2014 under Brendan Rodgers.
  • Southampton have lost both of their first two Premier League games of a season for the first time since their first season back in the division in 2012-13 under Nigel Adkins.
  • Sadio Mané scored his 20th goal for Liverpool in all competitions in 2019, at least eight more than any of his teammates in this calendar year (Mo Salah 12).
Man of the match - Sadio Mane

The man who changed the game, Mane's goal gave the match a very different complexion at the break and was a touch of class which Liverpool had lacked in the opening 45 minutes.

He added another major contribution after the break by hassling Bednarek into a mistake which led to Firmino's goal and was a general nuisance in his first Premier League start of the season. 20 goals from his last 26 games is a formidable return.

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Liverpool host Arsenal live on Sky Sports in the tea-time kick-off next Saturday at 5.30pm. Earlier that day Southampton travel to Brighton at 3pm.

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Southampton 1-2 Liverpool: Five talking points

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 17:02
Liverpool made it two wins out of two to kick off the new Premier League season with a 2-1 victory at Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
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Report: Mane and Firmino strike to clinch victory at St Mary's

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 16:55

Liverpool made it two wins from two in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory at Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

After the hosts had threatened throughout the first half, it was Sadio Mane who opened the scoring in additional time, bending a sublime effort into the top corner from just inside the box to give the Reds the lead.

The visitors furthered their advantage when Roberto Firmino got off the mark for 2019-20 by drilling in a second on 71 minutes; however, former Liverpool forward Danny Ings reduced the arrears when Adrian’s attempted pass ricocheted off him and into the back of the net.

Ings then missed a chance to draw the Saints level before the end in a tense finale, but Jürgen Klopp’s side held on to clinch the three points.

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With Adrian passed fit to start in goal after an ankle issue threatened to rule him out of contention, Liverpool made three changes to the team deployed against Chelsea in the Super Cup in midweek. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum and Firmino came in for Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi.

First half

Liverpool kicked off at St Mary’s aiming to maintain their early-season momentum following the Premier League win over Norwich City and Super Cup triumph against Chelsea in Istanbul.

With four minutes on the clock, James Milner strode into space on the edge of the area and had a strike deflect into the arms of Angus Gunn as the Reds set about asserting themselves on the contest.

There was danger, however, when Che Adams attempted to reach a ball forward under the attentions of Virgil van Dijk on the 18-yard line, but his prod under pressure from the Dutchman was easily gathered by Adrian.

The Reds were dominating possession, but were thankful Maya Yoshida couldn’t make a connection with Adams’ volley on the turn from a corner when close to goal.

That opportunity came when then visitors were temporarily down to 10 men after a clash of heads left Milner requiring medical assistance on a cut – and it was another set-piece that presented Southampton with an opportunity.

Again, it was Yoshida causing the problem, but Adrian produced a stunning save at point-blank range to thwart the centre-back’s header.

By this point, the Saints were in the ascendancy and causing problems – and on 29 minutes, Yan Valery looked to pounce after Adrian had pushed away a low cross, but was unable to get a strike in on goal under pressure from opposing defenders.

At the other end, Mohamed Salah’s speed took him away from Yoshida to reach Andy Robertson’s low ball forward, though he could only snap a shot wide of the near upright.

Still, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men carved out another good opening when Oriol Romeu’s deep centre picked out Adams’ head, who bulleted over the crossbar.

Nevertheless, it was to be Liverpool who broke the deadlock in first-half stoppage time.

Mane collected possession from Milner’s lay-off on the left corner of the area, shifted the ball onto his right foot and arched an unstoppable shot beyond Gunn into the top corner.

Second half

Having spent large parts of the opening half dealing with Southampton’s threat, Liverpool began the second period strongly.

Indeed, only a fine challenge from Jan Bednarek prevented a clear shooting opportunity for Firmino inside the box following Salah’s pass before Milner sent a half-volley skidding inches wide just after.

Then, on 56 minutes, Salah scampered in behind the home defence, only to have his attempt to steer across goal denied by the boot of Gunn.

Firmino then went agonisingly close to turning Mane’s square ball into the bottom corner with his side foot following a speedy raid down the left; however, it rolled a fraction wide of the post with Gunn beaten.

Ex-Red Ings did threaten when he curled just over the bar shortly after being introduced into the action as a substitute.

But Liverpool did grab a second when Mane won possession back from Stuart Armstrong on the left and pushed the ball into the path of Firmino. The Brazilian rode a couple of challenges as he strode across the box before reversing a shot beyond Gunn.

Gunn did keep out efforts from Mane and Robertson, while Adrian had to turn Matip’s interception from a cross around his own post.

Southampton were given late hope when Adrian’s attempted pass deflected against Ings and rolled into the net with eight minutes remaining.

Fortunately, the forward spurned a glorious opportunity to draw the home team level soon after when he failed to connect with a cross inside the six-yard box.

But Liverpool withstood the pressure to claim their second three points of 2019-20 so far.

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Report: Mane and Firmino strike to clinch victory at St Mary's

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 16:55
Liverpool made it two wins from two in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory at Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
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Southampton v Liverpool: Listen to our live commentary

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Southampton v Liverpool: Listen to our live commentary

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 14:50
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Melwood Champions Wall gets UEFA Super Cup upgrade

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 14:34

There was a further upgrade to the Champions Wall at Melwood on Saturday morning as Liverpool's fourth UEFA Super Cup was added to their honours list.

A penalty shootout win over Chelsea after a 2-2 draw in Istanbul secured the latest trophy in the club’s history on Wednesday, following up their Champions League triumph in June.

The newest achievement for Jürgen Klopp’s team is now reflected at the training ground as a shiny new ‘4’ was listed for their Super Cup tally – as you can see in the video above.

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Melwood Champions Wall gets UEFA Super Cup upgrade

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 14:34
There was a further upgrade to the Champions Wall at Melwood on Saturday morning as Liverpool's fourth UEFA Super Cup was added to their honours list.
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LIVE: Southampton vs. Liverpool – Follow the Reds’ Premier League clash here

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 14:15

Liverpool are away to Southampton in their first Premier League away day of 2019/20. We’re live to bring you the latest.


Kickoff at St Mary’s is 3pm (BST), the referee is Andre Marriner.

Henry Jackson is running today’s blog, get involved by Tweeting @thisisanfield, @HenryJackson87 or in the comments below.

Teams

Southampton: Gunn; Yoshida, Vestergaard, Bednarek; Valery, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Bertrand; Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Adams

Subs: Forster, Cedric, Danso, Obafemi, Armstrong, Djenepo, Ings

Liverpool: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Mane, Firmino

Subs: Lonergan, Gomez, Fabinho, Henderson, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi

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Jürgen Klopp on Adrian recovery and changes against Southampton

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 14:11

Jürgen Klopp has provided an update on Adrian's recovery from an ankle issue and explained his changes for Saturday's clash with Southampton.

The Liverpool goalkeeper starts at St Mary’s after sustaining a freak injury in Istanbul in midweek.

“I’m very pleased about that,” said Klopp. “We tested it this morning. Yesterday it was already better but still swollen. Now it’s good, so obviously not that serious.

“In the first moment it looked horrible when we came out of the plane [on Thursday]. It was really difficult but now he is there and should be fine.”

With Alisson Becker sidelined and Caoimhin Kelleher coming back from an injury, Andy Lonergan is the substitute goalkeeper for the Premier League meeting with Saints.

“And Caoimhin Kelleher is here as well,” added the manager. “We really like Andy and everything is fine but we want to push our young boy as well. Caoimhin is ready to go as well.

“Hopefully we don’t have to make the decision who will come from the bench because Adrian can play through and especially perform on the highest level. That’s all I think about. But whoever comes on, I trust.”

Klopp has made three changes to his starting XI to face Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino brought in.

Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho are on the bench.

“We had to think a little bit about Wednesday night – but pretty early and then not anymore,” explained the boss.

“And that’s what we decided; the two midfielders with the highest work-rate on Wednesday night [come out of the team]. We have options so let’s do it. That’s what we did, that’s why we changed and that’s it.”

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Jürgen Klopp on Adrian recovery and changes against Southampton

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 14:11
Jürgen Klopp has provided an update on Adrian's recovery from an ankle issue and explained his changes for Saturday's clash with Southampton.
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Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Southampton: Adrian passed fit to start, Ox in midfield

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 14:02

Jurgen Klopp has been able to name Adrian between the sticks as Liverpool take on Southampton in a testing Premier League clash at St Mary’s.


The Reds arrive on the south coast just three days after a gruelling UEFA Super Cup victory over Chelsea, in which six outfielders played over 120 minutes.

That night in Istanbul saw Adrian prove the hero in a penalty shootout win, but the Spaniard suffered a troubling ankle injury due to the involvement of a pitch invader during the celebrations.

But Klopp’s second-choice ‘keeper has recovered in time to start, relieving a problem which could have seen Andy Lonergan make a very unexpected debut.

In defence, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson take up the full-back roles, flanking Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk.

Ahead of the back four are Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as Klopp restores his No. 15 to a natural midfield role.

“The two midfielders with the highest work-rate on Wednesday night [come out of the team],” the manager explained of his changed.

“We have options so let’s do it.”

And charged with providing the goals at St Mary’s as usual, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino make up Klopp’s forward line.

On the bench are the likes of Fabinho, Adam Lallana and Divock Origi.

Meanwhile, ex-Reds striker Danny Ings is among the Southampton substitutes, with new signing Che Adams leading the line.

Southampton: Gunn; Yoshida, Vestergaard, Bednarek; Valery, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Bertrand; Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Adams

Substitutes: Forster, Cedric, Danso, Obafemi, Armstrong, Djenepo, Ings

Liverpool: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Mane, Firmino

Substitutes: Lonergan, Gomez, Fabinho, Henderson, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Southampton

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 13:59

Adrian starts in goal after being passed fit for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Southampton this afternoon.

The goalkeeper has recovered from an ankle issue to take his place in the Reds’ starting line-up at St Mary’s.

In total, Jürgen Klopp makes three changes from the team deployed in the Super Cup final in midweek, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino restored to the XI.

Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Lonergan, Fabinho, Gomez, Henderson, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi.

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Southampton

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 13:59
Adrian starts in goal after being passed fit for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Southampton this afternoon.
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Adrian injury latest ahead of Southampton clash

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 13:44

Adrian has been named in Liverpool’s matchday squad for today’s game with Southampton after being passed fit.

The goalkeeper sustained an ankle injury in midweek, but has sufficiently recovered enough to be in contention for the clash at St Mary’s.

Liverpool’s confirmed starting line-up will be released at 2pm BST.

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Adrian injury latest ahead of Southampton clash

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 13:44
Adrian has been named in Liverpool’s matchday squad for today’s game with Southampton after being passed fit.
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