Liverpool were unlucky not to grab a crucial win over ‘top four’ rivals Tottenham Hotspur last week due to a late controversial penalty call which was converted by Harry Kane to finish it all square at Anfield. The Reds, however, will be determined to be back to winning ways this Sunday evening but are not at all expecting a stroll in the park against hosts Southampton who are grinding out results in recent weeks and have upgraded their football in order to maintain a top-flight status.
The Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino is not having a fun-ride in his debut managerial campaign in Premier League, but his boys will be charged up against the Merseysiders who are often termed as Southampton’s ‘parent club’ for raiding their stars on a frequent basis. The latest egress occurred only just over a month back when Virgil Van Dijk concluded his long-pending £75 mil move and his return to his former employers alongside Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana will create a hostile ambience at St. Mary’s.
Southampton vs Liverpool Injuries And Suspensions:
Southampton do not have any significant injury absentees barring Charlie Austin who is still a month away due to his thigh strain.
Liverpool will continue to miss out Nathaniel Clyne following his back surgery, but Adam Lallana and Ragnar Klavan are expected to be back and available for the trip. However, Joe Gomez is unlikely to return ahead of the Southampton clash and ruled out with a knee injury.
Southampton vs Liverpool Probable Lineups:
Subs: Fraser Forster, Maya Yoshida, Manolo Gabbiadini, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Nathan Redmond, Jeremy Pied, Guido Carrillo.
Subs: Simon Mignolet, James Milner, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Danny Ings, Georginio Wijnaldum, Adam Lallana.
Southampton vs Liverpool Last Meeting:
Jurgen Klopp doesn’t particularly hold a comprehensive record on the road against Southampton and the German gaffer only settled for a scoreless draw the last term at St. Mary’s in Premier League.
Southampton vs Liverpool Key Players:
Southampton have been mostly disappointing but the likes of James Ward-Prowse, Sofiane Boufal and Mario Lemina have stepped up in this difficult phase and are enjoying an impressive run. They will ask a few questions to a vulnerable Liverpool back-line.
Liverpool are vastly dependent on Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino who are in scintillating scoring form this season. They will be hoping to see Sadio Mane regain his lost form against the former employers. The attention, however, will be on another ex-Saints Virgil Van Dijk who represented the Saints in the reverse fixture. It is now to be seen how he adjusts to the challenge and delivers in a hostile atmosphere.
Southampton vs Liverpool Head-To-Head Stats:
Southampton Wins: 30
Liverpool Wins: 52
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Southampton vs Liverpool Live Streaming:
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