Liverpool vs Southampton preview: kick-off, team news, TV channel

Liverpool vs Southampton preview

Liverpool welcomes Championship side Southampton to Anfield on Wednesday night, as the Reds look to progress in the FA Cup.  LFC - Back On Our Perch has all the pre-match info you need to enjoy the big game.

Despite playing just three days ago, Jurgen Klopp and his players will be back in action on Wednesday, as they take on Southampton in the FA Cup Fifth Round.  Luckily for the Reds, the game is being played at Anfield, so at least they don't have to travel.

The Reds will be looking to add another chapter to Jurgen Klopp's legacy, as they aim to progress to the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup and keep alive the hope of an unprecedented quadruple.

Match Preview

  • Date: Wednesday 28th February 2024
  • Kick-off: 20.00 GMT
  • Venue: Anfield
  • Competition: FA Cup Fifth Round
  • Referee: Craig Pawson
  • Assistant Referees: Adam Nunn & Steven Meredith
  • Fourth Official: Rebecca Welch
  • VAR: Tony Harrington
  • Assistant VAR: Stuart Attwell

How to watch or listen to the match

Unlike the Premier League and European matches, the FA Cup is still broadcast on terrestrial TV, meaning fans can watch the game for free, on ITV1.  The program starts at 19.30 GMT.  If you miss the game live, you will be able to stream it later on ITVX.

Live radio commentary will be available on BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra.

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Team News

Despite their victory on Sunday, Liverpool's injury problems continued as Ryan Gravenberch and Wataru Endo were the latest players to join the injured list.

Jurgen Klopp confirmed today that Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Diogo Jota, Curtis Jones, Thiago, Joel Matip, and Stefan Bajcetic are still sidelined, whilst Mo Salah, Darwin Nunez, and Dominik Szoboszlai will undergo late fitness tests.

There are also concerns over Harvey Elliott, Luis Diaz, and Virgil Van Dijk, who all played the full 120 minutes at Wembley.

Expect to see plenty of Academy players such as Bradley, Danns, Clark, McConnell, and Quansah in the starting XI.

Southampton come into the game on a poor run of form, but knowing that there will never be a better time to face Liverpool.  The Saints will be without Ryan Fraser, Ross Stewart, Juan Larios, and Flynn Downes through injury, whilst David Brooks is cup-tied.

Predicted Liverpool Lineup

Jurgen Klopp will stick with his preferred 4-3-3 formation.

Kelleher, Bradley, Van Dijk (C), Quansah, Tsimikas, Gomez, Clark, McConnell, Danns, Gakpo, Diaz

I don't expect Salah, Nunez, or Szoboszlai to start, but hopefully one or more of them will be on the bench in case we need to find a goal in the second half.

LFC - Back On Our Perch Score Prediction

There is no better motivator in football than Jurgen Klopp, and whatever team he fields, they will play with confidence and passion.  Chelsea couldn't handle that on Sunday, and I don't expect Southampton to cope with it tomorrow night.  The Anfield crowd can also have a massive impact on the game, roaring the Reds onto another victory.

Liverpool to win 3 - 1, with more big performances from 'Klopp's Kids'.

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