This two clubs have been connected in a way that none could have expected. Some of The Reds’ main men such as Sadio Mane, Viirgil Van Dijk, plus Adam Lallana in the previous season were former Southampton man, while the Saints’ winger, Takumi Minamino, was signed on loan from Liverpool in the summer, plus Danny Ings who was the former Liverpool man. This weekend both sides will be squaring off here for their own mission. The top four finish for the Reds while for the Saints, it is more on survival for the top flight.
The teams’ previous matches
The Reds were supposedly facing off Manchester United last weekend but the fixture was postponed due to the massive protest among United fans to their greedy owner. In their last outing, they were held in a 1-1 draw by Newcastle United due to the late goal of Joe Willock to deny Mo Salah’s goal.
The Saints managed to hold Leicester City in an identical score of 1-1 as well at home last weekend. James Ward-Prowse opened the scoring through his penalty but then the visitors equalised by Johnny Evans’ header.
Jurgen Klopp is weighing the best option to deploy here as their defensive crisis is still looming. With the injury of Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Nate Phillips, Jordan Henderson and Curtis Jones, opting 3-4-2-1 could be well considered. Fabinho will be accompanied by James Milner and Ozan Kabak at the defence line, while in the midfield, Thiago and Naby Keita or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are operating in the middle while Trent Alexander Arnold and Andrew Robertson are pushed forward. Diogo Jota is likely to occupy the frontman role while Mo Salah and Xerdan Shaqiri or Sadio Mane will be supporting behind him.
His Austrian counterpart, Ralph Hassenhutl, might still be sticking to his 4-4-2 formation, but the list of names in Southampton’s injury table is piling up with Ryan Bertrand, Danny Ings, Oriol Romeu, William Smallbone, Michael Obafemi and Takumi Minamino. Another figure, Jannik Vestergaard is suspended. Thus, Che Adams and Theo Wallcott are likely the best option upfront. In the midfield, Stuart Amstrong and Nathan Redmond will be operating wide while James Ward Prowse and Ibrahima Diallo will be occupying the middle part.
Players to watch
The Reds’s main scorer is still Mo Salah with 20 goals and three assists in EPL. Some other important figures this season are Trent Alexander Arnold who has contributed two goals and five assists and Diogo Jota scoring eight goals in the Premier League this season.
Without Danny Ings in the line up, Che Adams will be the one Soton relies on to score. The Scottish international has bagged seven goals and four assists in the process this season. Some other notable names to watch are another Scotsman, Stuart Amstrong with four goals and assists each and the former Spurs man, Kyle Walter Peters.
Liverpool vs Southampton Prediction
Jurgen Klopp’s side are expected to seal three points here considering the Saints’ crisis at the back. However, their forwards have not been in their best form this season. Thus, they could be having another difficulty to core. Yet, Mo Salah and Co will still come out as a winner in the end, possibly with just one goal difference.