News From Liverpool: 2 Liverpool lineups vs. Southampton with up to 8 changes expected

Liverpool and Chelsea played out the closest FA Cup final in history on Saturday, with none of the previous 149 years of finals seeing two hours played without a goal.

It was another intense clash between the two sides, as was the case in Februarys League Cup final, and the Reds were given only two days to recover before their next Premier League clash.

It is a crucial one, too, as with Man City dropping points at West Ham on Sunday the title race remains alive and victory at St Marys is paramount.

For Klopp, though, the challenge is to put together a side fit enough and capable of taking the three points.

Here is the latest on Liverpools fitness situation:

During his pre-match press conference, Klopp explained that he would have to make changes.

Imagine we go there with eight players who played 120 minutes, he told reporters. That makes no sense.

In reality, it is possible that Klopp rests all five players who stayed on the pitch for the entire FA Cup final, while Van Dijk and Salah are also set to miss out.

That would rule Sadio Mane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago, Jordan Henderson and Ibrahima Konate out of contention and hand opportunities to a number of squad players:

That would see only three players keep their places from the final:

Alisson; Milner, Matip, Gomez, Tsimikas; Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones; Jota, Diaz, Firmino

However, there would be an element of risk in fielding a side with so many changes, and it is possible that Klopp relies upon at least one of his five marathon men to start again.

The most feasible in that respect are Konate and Henderson, which would solve two big issues in the above lineup:

Those tweaks would see Liverpool line up like this:

Alisson; Gomez, Matip, Konate, Tsimikas; Henderson, Keita, Jones; Jota, Origi, Firmino

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