Liverpool will look to secure a third consecutive win in the Premier League for the first time in 12 months, when they host Southampton – who the Merseyside club have failed to win in their previous 5 meetings.
The last time Liverpool had beaten the Saint’s was 2 years ago after a thrilling 6-1 win in the League Cup. But since then they have only managed to score 2 goals in that 5 game run leading up to Saturday’s match at Anfield.
Liverpool come in to this game following a 4-1 win against West Ham and an unbeaten home record, winning 3 games and drawing 2 out of their 5 games at home.
On the other hand, Southampton have been inconsistent this season, winning only 2 out their last 10 games, with their previous game ending in a 1-0 defeat to Burnley.
The host’s have looked shaky at times in defence, most notably the 5-0 thrashing received by Manchester City and their 4-1 defeat to Tottenham. But at home they have looked solid, conceding only one goal, which was during a 1-1 draw against Burnley.
The visitors, though have failed to score in 5 of their 11 Premier League games, which will make it difficult for them to break down a defensively sound Anfield.
Not only do Liverpool have a defensive advantage, but it is unlikely Southampton will keep out the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Coutinho – who have 15 goals between them in the Premier League. Also in-form Salah will look to level Robbie Fowler’s record of eight goals in the first 12 games.
As for Southampton, they will miss midfielder Mario Lemina who has been out for 2 games with a hamstring injury. Even though Lemina is back in training, Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino believes the Anfield trip will come too soon for the player.