Southampton: Three Saints players who should start against Liverpool

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Leondro Trossard of Brighton and Hove Albion battles for possession with Yan Valery of Southampton during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton FC at American Express Community Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Leondro Trossard of Brighton and Hove Albion battles for possession with Yan Valery of Southampton during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton FC at American Express Community Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images) /
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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21: Shane Long of Southampton during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton FC at Selhurst Park on January 21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21: Shane Long of Southampton during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton FC at Selhurst Park on January 21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images) /

Shane Long

Long is also set to return to the fold tomorrow afternoon after missing last Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Spurs with a swollen knee.

With the issue not being a serious one, it is likely that he will be able to start again alongside Danny Ings.

Long is into the final five months of his contract with Saints but has proven his worth recently after starting seven of the last 10 Premier League matches.

Other options in the striker department include Che Adams and Michael Obafemi, but Long’s ability in the air and in the press sees him preferred currently.