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Liverpool Strike Force to Shine Against Southampton

Liverpool Strike Force to Shine Against Southampton

10:00 SAST | 21 Sep 2018

There is an old saying that goes: in the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king. Roberto Firmino turned this saying on its head when he scored the clincher in Liverpool’s 3-2 UEFA Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). In the previous match (a 2-1 win over Spurs) Firmino took a swipe from Jan Vertonghen, hurting his eye in the process. This put him in doubt for the clash against PSG, but fellow finisher Sadio Mane was having none of it.

The Senegalese joked about his crucial intervention to encourage the talismanic Brazilian to play: “I think Bobby (Roberto Firmino) doesn't need his eye to play, so I told him. I sent him a message on Monday saying: ‘You don’t need your eye’”. Mane explained his logic, “You've all seen the 'no look' goals so I think he doesn't need his eye to play.”

With two perfectly working eyes Mo Salah failed to get on the scoreboard against PSG and lacked his usual killer instinct. The gossip columns have made much of his behaviour after he was taken off late in the game. Salah appeared to be angry about Firmino’s winning strike, throwing a water-bottle to the ground in frustration.

Coach Jurgen Klopp dismissed the gossip, stating that his strikers are more concerned about winning games than outscoring each other. That certainly appears to be true for Senegalese star Sadio Mane, who clearly wanted Firmino on the pitch and seems to revel in the success of his teammates. Perhaps all the hype about Salah has gone to his head.

This Saturday Liverpool take on Southampton home at Anfield. Klopp and his lads will be chasing a seventh consecutive triumph as they try edge Chelsea at the top of the Premier League standings.  

As always in a long English season for the top clubs, depth is a factor. The likes of Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner did a lot of running against PSG and Klopp may want to bring Fabinho and Naby Keita into the mix. Keita, who hails from Guinea, is still finding his feet at The Reds, but in a long season of domestic and European competition he could play a massive role as the season progresses. But one thing is certain, if Liverpool’s strike-force of Mane, Salah and Firmino combine and shine, then Southampton will be in for a thrashing.

Liverpool vs Southampton (KFS, 22 September at 16:00 CAT)  

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