|Mohammed Salah will look to continue his impressive form when the Saints travel to Anfield on Saturday. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)
Liverpool vs SouthamptonAnfield 4:00pm
After two games without a win in the league, Liverpool established themselves in the title race again with a 4-0 battering of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, a result that took them to 3rd on the premier league table.
Jurgen Klopp’s side had struggled in a 2-2 draw with
Brighton before losing their unbeaten run at the London stadium against
Westham, although they kept their champions league run intact, it’s a huge relief
to fans to say the least that they have gotten their league run back on track.
Southampton is one unpredictable team, one moment they’re up
there doing well and the next they’re losing to teams you expect them to best;
no disrespect to Norwich City but the manner in which the Saints lost last
weekend at Carrow Road left too much to be desired.
Aston Villa had fired Dean Smith after losing to Ralph
Hassenheutl’s Saints and in a quick flash, Smith was named manager of Norwich
after the not so shocking sacking of Daniel Farke and fate immediately brought
Smith back to face the team that got him sacked, he won on this occasion.
Southampton will need more than a miracle to get a point at
Anfield, not many team do so and they must be disciplined and also seek as many
moments of luck as they can get with Liverpool firing on all cylinders at this
Liverpool can call on Roberto Firminho and Andy Robertson
although their substitutes, Diogo Jota and Gigi Tsimikas both did more than
enough against Arsenal last weekend, adding credence to the fact that Liverpool
has an established system that works regardless of the personnel available.
How will Southampton approach this? They will be expressive
as always and try to stay compact but they will have to keep an eye on Trent
Alexander Arnold and Robertson whose runs will really hurt any team any day.
How can the Saints punish Liverpool? Simply by taking their
chances if they do get one, Joel Matip and Virgil Van Dijk are really hard to
beat with both fit and doing their businesses for the Kops, the forward line of
Southampton must be prepared for real battle.
Height isn’t something the Saints can boast of, they will be
quite jittery on set pieces but when they do have theirs, especially around the
Liverpool area, James Ward Prowse will be on hand to do what he does best.
The Saint’s solitary win against the Reds in recent years
came in a 1-0 show in the reverse fixture last season, something has to change
for them to achieve anything at Anfield on Saturday.