Southampton striker Shane Long wants to cause Ronald Koeman a selection problem

Shane Long has scored three goals in his last three appearances for Southampton.

Shane Long has told Reuters that he hopes his good form for Southampton will give Ronald Koeman a selection dilemma.

Long scored for Southampton in their 3-1 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend, as he continued his fine run of form.

The Republic of Ireland international now has three goals in his last three appearances for Southampton.

And Long hopes that he has done enough to stay in starting contention – with the Saints’ next match coming in the League Cup against Liverpool.

"I feel good how I'm playing at the moment and hopefully I'm giving [the manager] a bit of a headache to put me in the starting 11," he said. 

"We'll rest up, recover and look forward to a big game against Liverpool. We've got a big enough squad now to deal with a good cup run and that's what we want to do."

Long seems likely to start against Liverpool, as Southampton are short of options up-front at the moment.

Koeman’s side have been dealt a blow, with Graziano Pelle due to be out for a considerable period of time.

Long will hope that the Italian’s absence can provide him with a chance to show his value though, and he has made a good start by scoring against City.

If Southampton can beat Liverpool on Wednesday evening, they will book their place in the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

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