Preview and Prediction
The Reds may still be leading the top of the standings. Yet, their last two results have been worrying and raising doubts on their form at the second half of the season. Not to mention the pressure from their old rival, Manchester United, which have been approaching with only three points away from them on the second place. There is no more room for wasting opportunities or making mistake in the next fixtures, including travelling to St. Mary on Monday. Only three points matters in this upcoming title race.
The teams’ previous games
Southampton had a second consecutive goalless draw lately in the previous meeting against West Ham. They were almost frustrated all the time in this game. They were unable to break the deadlock of the Hammers.
Liverpool also had another draw against Newcastle United on the road in the midweek fixtures. Despite dominating the game, some of their decent chances were off the target and denied by Karl Darlow, who has been in good form this season.
Ralph Hassenhutl is likely to deploy his preference this season, 4-4-2. The absence of Jannik Vestergaard and Nathan Redmond might concern him a bit. Yet, he has sufficient replacement in the squad. Dale Stephens might take up Vestergaard’s role while Stuart Amstrong will occupy the winger post left by Nathan Redmond.
Jurgen Klopp will still be opting for 4-3-3 with the transition to 4-2-3-1, but could rotate the front three which has been lacking of clinical finish lately. Alex-Oxlade Chamberlainor Xerdan Shaqiri might be a good option as Diogo Jota is still injured. There are at least seven more names on the injury table including Virgil Van Dijk, Naby Keita, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and the versatile James Milner.
Players to watch
The former Liverpool outcast, Danny Ings is still The Saints’ main scorer. He has netted six goals and three assists so far. Some other key figures in their attacking line are Che Adams with four goals and assists each, the midfielder James Ward-Prowse with four goals and three assists plus the former Arsenal man, Theo Walcott.
The poor finishing touch from the trident lately might push Klopp to put Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain in the line up to replace Mo Salah or Firmino. Chamberlain, who excels at power and long shots, could provide more variety on their attacking side to score more goals.
Southampton vs Liverpool Prediction
This is a battle of two teams which have issues on scoring lately. The Reds have been able to score only one in two games while The Saints have been scoreless in the past three matches. It is a tough clash for sure and very unlikely turning into goal galore. Danny Ings and Co might be able to hold Jurgen Klopp’s men in a goalless draw again.
There is no clear favourite in this fixture. Mo Salah and Co’s odds to win are at 9/13, whereas the home side’s win market is at 21/5, which is not so much different. The draw result, however, is at the value of 18/5.