|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 time.
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.