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Every Liverpool player available to play Southampton as Darwin Núñez back but duo doubtful



Every Liverpool player available to play Southampton as Darwin Núñez back but duo doubtful

On Sunday afternoon, Liverpool travels to Southampton for its final game of the Premier League season.

Neither side has anything tangible to play for, with the visitor already locked into fifth place and the latter’s relegation confirmed in the middle of May.

Southampton’s interim manager Rubén Sellés will at least be looking to end his brief tenure with a victory over one of the league’s biggest sides, while Jürgen Klopp will hope to generate some optimism heading into a crucial summer transfer window.

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With Liverpool’s Champions League hopes already extinguished, Klopp may decide to rotate on the final day and hand opportunities to players who have limited game time this season.

A couple of the changes may be enforced after the manager revealed in his pre-match press conference that Ibrahima Konaté had been suffering with illness on Thursday, while Andy Robertson had felt something in his groin (via LFC).

Robertson’s scan has come back clear, but Liverpool might decide not to take any chances, particularly because the Scotland skipper has a couple of European Championship qualifiers scheduled for June.

There are three players who were known absentees long-term long ago. Right-back Calvin Ramsay underwent season-ending surgery in February, while Thiago and Stefan Bajčetić both had their campaigns called to a halt in March.

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Here brings you the full list of players available to the manager, as Liverpool looks to end a difficult season on a high and continues its positive momentum ahead of the new campaign.

Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker, Caoimhín Kelleher, Adrián.

Defenders: Virgil van Dijk, Joël Matip, Joe Gomez., Nat Phillips, Kostas Tsimikas, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Rhys Williams.

Midfielders: Fabinho, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fábio Carvalho, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Arthur Melo, Naby Keïta.

Forwards: Luis Díaz, Mohamed Salah, Cody Gakpo, Darwin Núñez, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino.

Players who are injured: Thiago Alcântara (hip), Stefan Bajčetić (adductor), Calvin Ramsay (knee).

Players who are doubtful: Ibrahima Konaté (illness), Andy Robertson (groin).


Anfield Road work takes next step as Liverpool attacker fighting for future at club

Your morning Liverpool digest on Sunday, May 28.

Anfield Road redevelopment takes next step

Less than a week on from hosting its final game of the season, the Anfield pitch was playing host to heavy plant machinery instead of Premier League footballers.

Liverpool are approaching the final stages of the £80m redevelopment of the Anfield Road End, with the end of the 2022/23 campaign bringing about the next major milestone in the project; the removal of the old roof.

Construction continues throughout the summer and the Reds have requested that their first game of next season be played away from home to allow adequate time for the redevelopment to be totally finished.

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Earlier this week several large cranes pitched up inside the stadium in readiness for roof removal, with a four-week window in place following the Aston Villa game last weekend for the work to take place.


Liverpool attacker fighting for Anfield future

When Liverpool last travelled to Southampton, 12 months ago, the 2-1 victory at St. Mary’s, coming days after the FA Cup final victory over Chelsea, marked the first time that Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott started a Premier League match together in midfield.

Since then, the pair have started just one more top-flight match together in the Reds’ engine room, yet both have made great strides during what has admittedly been a disappointing season for the club.

Up until the 0-0 draw away at Chelsea last month, Elliott had been involved in every Liverpool match this season. Even now, after a further five unused outings, only Mohamed Salah, Fabinho, Alisson, and Trent Alexander-Arnold can better his total of 45 appearances this campaign.

Meanwhile, Jones has been a standout performer for the Reds, alongside Alexander-Arnold, since Jurgen Klopp introduced an inverted full-back system last month. In a year wrecked by injury for the majority, the 22-year-old came into the starting XI in the absence of Elliott against Chelsea and hasn’t looked back since.

Admittedly a season of transition perhaps suggests that Liverpool’s ongoing transformation won’t be as slight as Klopp would have liked. But while Jones and Elliott continue to flourish because of their opportunities, it has been a different story for Fabio Carvalho.



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