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by jagdev singh sidhu
Liverpool will once again be relying on Daniel Sturridge to deliver the goods as they cope with injuries to key players. – EPA Photo
THE winning streak has ended but the tale of two halves continues.
Adding to the loss of Liverpool’s 100% record is the injury to Philippe Coutinho against Swansea on Monday.
A shoulder injury is expected to keep him out until the end of October. It will be interesting to see who will step into the chasm Coutinho will leave in the team. Luis Alberto could be tipped to start or Iago Aspas could be thrust into that position.
Either player will need to hold the fort for one game as Luis Suarez will return after serving a 10-match ban and would be a shoe-in to play in that position.
How Liverpool performed in that one game though might be a reflection of the depth of the squad available to Brendan Rodgers. As soon as Coutinho was substituted against Swansea, Liverpool’s play started to unravel.
His importance to the team play was amplified by his absence and the Reds will need to show that whoever steps into the position will be good enough if Liverpool are to harbour any ambitions of finishing in the top four this season.
The match against Southampton will not be easy. Just like Swansea, Southampton have become progressively better as the season chugs along.
For Liverpool, missing Glen Johnson has already upset the attacking balance of the squad as the fullback has played an important role in the team’s forward play.
Andre Wisdom is a centreback on a learning curve as he plays in the rightback position and Martin Kelly, should he prove to be fit enough, should step into the position vacated by Johnson.
Rodgers needs to ensure that balance is restored to whatever level possible as Southampton have proven to be not an easy team for Liverpool to play against.
In fact, the Saints have won four out of the last six games against Liverpool, but the past two games between both teams at Anfield have seen Liverpool emerge victorious with a 1-0 scoreline.
The one positive thing heading into the game is that despite the injuries, the Reds have been able to score and much of that has so far rested on the shoulders of Daniel Sturridge.
Sturridge’s goal-scoring spree needs to continue for Liverpool as they struggle to cope with injuries to key players.
Jagdev Singh Sidhu feels Liverpool will squeeze out a victory against Southampton.
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