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Looking at the possible lineup of Liverpool for their F.A cup game against Southampton

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Following Liverpool’s dramatic Carabao Cup victory over Chelsea on Sunday, where Virgil van Dijk secured the win in extra time with only academy players on the bench, Liverpool now faces a challenging FA Cup fixture against Southampton on Wednesday.

The team’s task is further complicated by a lengthy injury list, forcing them to miss several key players. Consequently, they will have to rely on less experienced players to fill the gaps in the lineup.

Liverpool’s injury list includes:

  • Joel Matip: Ruptured ACL, ruled out, potential return September 1, 2024
  • Dominik Szoboszlai: Thigh injury, ruled out, potential return March 2, 2024
  • Stefan Bajcetic Maquieira: Another injury, no complications, progressing, potential return on February 24, 2024
  • Ibrahima Konate: Suspended, sent off for two yellow cards, potential return on February 17, 2024
  • Diogo Jota: Knee injury, mid-April 2024
  • Curtis Jones: Ankle injury, mid-March 2024
  • Alisson: Hamstring injury, late March 2024
  • Thiago: Muscle injury, unknown
    • Other players currently sidelined include:
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (knee)
  • Nunez (knock)
  • Salah (thigh) 

Alisson, Mohamed Salah, Dominik Szoboszlai, and Darwin Nunez were already absent from the lineup, consequently dealing a major blow to their hopes for victory. Wataru Endo further compounded their problems by leaving Wembley on crutches and in a protective boot after the final. This, along with Liverpool’s extensive injury list, forced them to field several youth players against Chelsea at Wembley. Therefore, they had to rely on less experienced players for a crucial match.

The potential lineup of Liverpool

The Reds’ FA Cup tie with Southampton on February 28 and speculation about who’ll be fit enough to play during the game has already begun.

Despite their recent Carabao Cup victory, Liverpool faces a significant challenge due to a lengthy injury list. While we’ve predicted the most likely starting lineup considering the unavailable players, it’s clear that the Reds’ path won’t be easy.

However, their impressive performance in the final will undoubtedly boost their confidence. This momentum, coupled with the determination of the remaining players, could prove to be a crucial advantage.


Liverpool’s potential starting XI against Southampton

Goalkeeper: Caoimhin Kelleher

defenders: Conor Bradley , Ibrahim Konate, Virgil Van Dijk, Andy Robertson

Midfielders: Alexis Mac Allister, James McConnell, Bobby Clark

Forwards: Harvey Elliott, Cody Gakpo, Luis Diaz

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