Predicted Liverpool XI to play Southampton - Agger keeps his place

Southampton Football Club

Match to be played on Saturday 1st March 2014 at 17:30. Venue: St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton.

Liverpool face one of the more difficult matches this weekend when they travel down to the South coast to take on Southampton.

Brendan Rodgers’ men weren’t at their best last weekend as they narrowly edged out Swansea thanks to a brace from each of Daniel Sturridge and midfielder Jordan Henderson.

That 4-3 could prompt Rodgers into making a defensive change. Here’s the side he could go with.

GK – Simon Mignolet

There’s been plenty of talk this week of Liverpool bringing in Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes. This is a chance for the Belgian to show Liverpool they don’t need to.

RB – Glen Johnson

Johnson will be better for the game time he had against the Swansea. He should be sharper heading into this game and he’s a good option to have at right-back.

CB – Martin Skrtel

Skrtel is the one constant in a defence which has changed several times throughout the season. He’s the reliable player who Rodgers will look to build the defence around at the moment.

CB – Daniel Agger

Brendan Rodgers confirmed earlier on that Agger will play this weekend following a superb series of training sessions this week. It's a chance for him to prove he's still got a huge role to play in the back four.

LB – Jon Flanagan

It doesn’t seem to matter where Rodgers plays Flanagan at the moment, he just gets his head down and works hard for the team. He needs to stay tight next to whoever plays on his side of the defence.

RM – Raheem Sterling

Liverpool may have to take a lot of pressure during this game which means Sterling’s pace is going to be important for the counter attack.

CM – Jordan Henderson

Henderson was superb against Swansea and he should start this game. He has the ability to drop off and protect the defence as well as pushing forward to support the attack.

CM – Steven Gerrard

Gerrard will most likely play a holding role in midfield, getting forward when Liverpool are able to apply some pressure. Expect to see him trying to break up the play frequently.

AM – Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian playmaker should take his position in behind the main strikers. He’ll drift left at times but he’s one of the players in this Liverpool team who can make things happen.

LM – Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge may start in a wide position but he’ll move forward to partner Luis Suarez when he can. Sturridge is in the best form of his career at the moment.

ST – Luis Suarez

Suarez’ job is to roam around at the top of the attack, occupying both central defenders and trying to create space for himself to make the most of any chances which fall his way.

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