Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs. Chelsea

Venue: Anfield – Wednesday, April 20 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 19/20 – Draw 11/4 – Chelsea 13/5

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Chelsea to Anfield on Wednesday night in the penultimate game of the Premier League season for both sides.

The Reds come into this one off the back of their 2-0 home win against Watford which ended a run of two games without a victory.

Jurgen Klopp will have eyes on next week’s Europa League final against Sevilla so may rest players but he will be itching for his side to finish the season in the highest position possible, which could potentially be 5th if results go their way. 

Liverpool have only lost one of their last 12 home games in the Premier League and are unbeaten in their last seven at Anfield. They have scored 18 goals in those seven games.

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Chelsea’s dismal season took another low blow at the weekend as they twice threw away the lead against Sunderland.

Guus Hiddink’s time as interim manager is coming to an end and he has watched Chelsea struggle in recent weeks as they have won just two of their last eight league games.

Chelsea are unbeaten at Anfield in their last four visits, winning two and drawing two, but given their current form and the way their season has gone, it wouldn’t be a surprise if that run came to an end here.

The Blues have already lost to Liverpool this season, the reverse fixture ending in a 3-1 loss in one of Klopp’s first games as manager. Chelsea could potentially finish as low as 13th if results go against them so they need to finish the season with as much dignity as possible and rebuild ahead of the next campaign.

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Team News

Liverpool have five injury concerns as Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Danny Ings, Divock Origi and Jordan Rossiter are all out. Mamadou Sakho is still suspended following the ongoing investigation after his failed blood test.

Chelsea have just three injury concerns. Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma are expected to be out while Pedro is a doubt after he missed the trip to Sunderland. John Terry is serving the first of his two-match ban following his sending off at the weekend in what looks to be a bitter end to his Chelsea career.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/W/D/L/W

Chelsea’s last five: L/L/W/D/L

Key Stat: Fast start – The opening goal of this fixture has been scored within the first ten minutes in four of the last five meetings in the Premier League. 

Key Player: Daniel Sturridge – The Englishman has scored eight goals in a season riddled with injuries. He will want to get one over on his former club and impress Klopp in the hope of securing a starting position for the Europa League final.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 3-1 Chelsea – Liverpool have been scoring freely at home and face a Chelsea side who will be willing the season to end. Klopp may rest some players but will be fielding a team to win this game and he will expect nothing less in a tie which usually has plenty of action. 

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Liverpool

Competition: Premier League – Chelsea vs. Liverpool

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Saturday, October 31 – 12:45 GMT (08:45 ET)

Match Odds: Chelsea 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – Liverpool 5/2

Match Preview

Chelsea welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge in the first Premier League game of the weekend on Saturday in what is a huge game for both clubs.

Chelsea’s ongoing struggles don’t seem to be improving and it is difficult to see when their season is going to pick up. The pressure on Jose Mourinho and his side every game is so intense but this is a good chance for them to show other sides they are capable of bouncing back.

They come into this one off the back of their midweek League Cup exit to Stoke City, losing 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time.

Chelsea’s Premier League record: P10 – W3 – D2 – L5

Last weekend’s ill-disciplined loss against West Ham was the champions’ fifth Premier League defeat of the season and they come into the game sitting in 15th place.

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Liverpool sit six places higher in ninth but come into this one off the back of three consecutive league draws.

New manager Jurgen Klopp has a great chance of becoming even more of a fan favourite if he can guide his side to a victory in this huge tie.

Liverpool’s Premier League record: P10 – W3 – D5 – L2

Liverpool won 1-0 against AFC Bournemouth in the League Cup in midweek and will want to build on that solid performance with another good showing in London. They have already kept clean sheets at Arsenal and Tottenham this campaign, drawing both matches 0-0.

Klopp will have his side more than aware that Chelsea are not to be taken lightly despite their woeful form and will expect them to give their all to take three points.

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Team News

Chelsea have four injury concerns. Thibaut Courtois and Branislav Ivanovic remain out, while Diego Costa and Pedro are doubts. Nemanja Matic is suspended following his first-half red card last weekend.

Liverpool’s injury woes continue as Kolo Toure, Danny Ings, Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez and Jon Flanagan are set to miss out. Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke are doubts but the Liverpool faithful will be praying they both pass fitness tests.

Key Points

Chelsea’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/L/W/L

Liverpool’s last five in the Premier League: D/W/D/D/D

Key Stat: Stalemate – These two have drawn their last three meetings in all competitions.

Key Player: Willian – The Brazilian has probably been Chelsea’s best player so far this season. They need him to be at his very best if they’re to stand any chance of taking all three points in this one.

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Score Prediction

Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool – Liverpool to heap more misery on Chelsea, who just cannot seem to get going.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Liverpool

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Liverpool 

Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, October 4 – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 13/8 – Draw 23/10 – Liverpool 13/8

Match Preview 

Everton host bitter rivals Liverpool in the Merseyside derby and one of the standout fixtures this weekend in the Premier League.

The Toffees come into this one off the back of their stunning 3-2 comeback against West Bromwich Albion where they were 2-0 down.

Roberto Martinez’s side are one point outside the Champions League places and although early on in the season that will be on their mind. This is a great chance to send out a message to the clubs around them in the table.

Everton have been slightly inconsistent so far this season, but have proved they are fearing nobody and will be pumped up ahead of this tie. This is the first of three tough upcoming fixtures for the home side which will see them play Manchester United and Arsenal in their next two games. It is important that they take something away from this fixture.

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Liverpool sit 9th in the Premier League and their Europa League clash on Thursday night has only intensified the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers.

They have struggled in front of goal so far this season, only netting seven times, and this is a must win game.

Daniel Sturridge marked his return with a brace last weekend and his performance will have lifted the camp and the fans, but they cannot rely on their talisman to provide alone.

Liverpool come into this one off the back of their 3-2 win against Aston Villa, where they suffered a scare having lead 3-0. Their defensive frailties are all too apparent and they cannot afford to give this strong Everton side any indication of their weaknesses otherwise they risk being picked apart.

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Team News  

Everton’s injury woes continue with seven players expected to miss out. Leighton Baines is out until November with his ankle injury. Seamus Coleman, Jon Stones and Muhamed Besic are doubts but could feature. Tom Cleverley, Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar remain sidelined.

Liverpool have five players out for this one as Roberto Firmino, Christian Benteke, Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanagan and Dejan Lovren are sidelined. Daniel Sturridge will expect to lead the line.

Key Points 

Everton’s form: L/D/W/D/W

Liverpool’s form: D/L/L/D/W

Key Stat: Everton have only won one of the last between the sides at Goodison, the last three have all ended in draws.

Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – The Everton powerhouse had an incredible second half the comeback against West Brom, his performance saw him named man-of-the-match and the Toffees will be praying he can deliver once again.

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Score Prediction

Everton 2-2 Liverpool – The sides to draw in this fixture yet again. A typically high-paced, entertaining Merseyside derby.

2014/15 Premier League Season Review: Liverpool

Premier League Final Position: 6th 

Review

Liverpool have endured a terrible season in comparison to the previous campaign, having dropped an incredible 22 points from the 2013/14 season.

It seems that Brendan Rodgers’ side are still in transition as the sale of Luis Suarez cost them dearly in their pursuit of success this term, and many fans will be asking questions of where the club goes from here.

The dreadful 6-1 loss away to Stoke City on the last day of the season means that they finish the season below Spurs in 6th place and need to regroup quickly ahead of next season.

Finishing with just one win in their last six in the Premier League is not good enough as they ended the season with a whimper and it looks as if their chances of success next season rely on a very young squad.

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Podcast Review

Best Moment

A 2-1 win against Manchester City on March 1 sent a message across the league that Liverpool meant business and were ready to challenge for the top four after a strong run of form. They moved to within two points of fourth with that win but couldn’t qualify for the Champions League.

Worst Moment

It has to be the 6-1 loss to Stoke on the final day. A day to forget for Liverpool as they fell to sixth with their biggest ever Premier League loss. It was Steven Gerrard’s final game for the club and a terrible way to go out.

Player of the Year

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Jordan Henderson – He was easily the most influential player in a Liverpool shirt this term and deserves much more credit than he has been given. Expect him to be handed the captaincy next term and he will need to lead the team in the absence of Steven Gerrard.

Biggest Win

Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool (August 31, 2014)

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea (December 29, 2014)

Biggest Defeat

Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool (May 24, 2015)

What to improve for the 2015 season…

There is a clear need for a goalscorer in this squad as Steven Gerrard finished the campaign as their top scorer. An argument could be made that Sturridge will return and provide goals, but Liverpool need to increase their goal output regardless and must not become over-reliant on just one man to get them throught.

£35m-rated goal machine deals HUGE blow to Arsenal and Liverpool

Arsenal and Liverpool’s pursuit of Lyon’s goal machine, Alexandre Lacazette, has been dealt a huge blow as the 23-year-old striker says he will be with the French club next season, the Express has reported.

The Lyon forward is Ligue 1’s top scorer with 26 goals in 30 appearances and his form has attracted interest from clubs across Europe but any chances of a move away from the club is unlikely, despite the reported interest from the Premier League duo surrounding a £35 million move.

“I do not know what will happen, but at the moment I can say that I will play in Lyon next year,” Lacazette told Footmercato.net.

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Arsene Wenger’s side could have mounted a stronger title charge had they had an out-and-out goalscorer this season. Olivier Giroud’s absence through injury certainly affected their chances of winning the Premier League as they have lacked depth in their frontline.

While Liverpool’s injury woes have probably cost them any chance of playing in the Champions League next season. Daniel Sturridge has barely featured this campaign, making just 12 Premier League appearances.

Brendan Rodgers’ gamble on signing Mario Balotelli looks as if it has backfired as the Italian has scored just once in the league and looks likely to move on this summer.

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The Merseyside club have failed to replace Luis Suarez and Lacazette could have been an ideal acquisition, but Lyon are pushing Paris Saint Germain all the way for the Ligue 1 title and he will want to be playing in Europe’s top competition next season.

Lacazette appears to be settled for now, so it would appear both Premier League clubs will have to venture elsewhere in their search for a top striker this summer.

Would Alexandre Lacazette have been an ideal signing for Arsenal or Liverpool?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Hull vs Liverpool

Competition: Premier League – Hull City vs. Liverpool FC

Venue: KC Stadium – Tuesday, April 28th – 19:45 BST (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Hull 13/5 – Draw 5/2 – Liverpool 1/1

Match Preview

Hull City face Liverpool at the KC Stadium on Tuesday night in a key Premier League clash for both sides at this late stage of the campaign.

Hull earned their first win since February on Saturday in a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace, with Dame N’Doye netting both goals in the victory which saw Hull move a point clear of the relegation zone.

Tuesday night’s game is Hull’s match in hand on several teams around them so they will want to pick up at least a point to further boost survival hopes with just four weeks to go.

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Liverpool will be not be easy opponents however, as the Reds are fighting for something themselves with Champions League qualification still in reach.

Brendan Rodgers’ side had to settle for a disappointing 0-0 draw at West Brom on Saturday, coming off the back of their FA Cup semi-final heartbreak to Aston Villa a week earlier, but are still in touching distance of a top four finish.

Liverpool are seven points behind Manchester United in fourth but can close the gap to four with four to play if they can win at Hull on Tuesday.

The Reds have only won one of their last four but have beaten five of the bottom six on the road and will expect to be too strong for a Hull side with just one win in seven.

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Steve Bruce will have his sides pumped up for this in front of a home crowd. A tough run in sees the Tigers face Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United after Liverpool, so relegation is still a real danger.

The reverse fixture this season ended 0-0 at Anfield, but Hull will take confidence from the fact that they won this fixture last season, with that 3-1 victory their first ever against the Reds.

Team News

Hull have five injury worries heading into this one as Nikica Jelavic, Robert Snodgrass and Curtis Davies are all ruled out, while Andrew Robertson and Mohamed Diame are both doubts. David Meyler remains suspended and Steve Bruce could field an unchanged lineup from the team that won at Palace on Saturday.

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Liverpool will be without striker Daniel Sturridge yet again, and the England forward could miss the rest of the season after an injury-hit campaign. Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva are both out with injuries, while Albert Moreno is a doubt.

Key Points

Hull’s last five: D/L/L/L/W

Liverpool’s last five: W/L/L/W/D

Key Stat: Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last eight away games in the Premier League.

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Key Player: Dame N’Doye – The Senegalese striker will be in fine spirits after a brace on Saturday. He has scored three in his last four starts for Hull at the KC Stadium and will be a threat.

Score Prediction

Hull 2-3 Liverpool – Expecting plenty of goals in this one but Liverpool may just edge it as they look to keep their Champions League hopes alive for another week. Hull are desperate for wins and are likely to put up a real fight, but ultimately look likely to fall short after losing all five of their home fixtures against sides in the top eight so far.

FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Aston Villa vs Liverpool

Competition: FA Cup semi-final – Aston Villa vs. Liverpool

Venue: Wembley Stadium – Sunday, April 19th – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Aston Villa 9/2 – Draw 14/5 – Liverpool 8/13

Match Preview

Wembley is the venue for this weekend’s semi-final clash between Aston Villa and Liverpool to see who can earn their place in this year’s FA Cup final.

Villa are shock contenders for the final as they are in a battle against relegation in the Premier League, but since the appointment of Tim Sherwood things have been on the up, and it looks like they will avoid the drop.

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The Villains come into the game off the back of a 1-0 away win at Tottenham Hotspur and Sherwood’s players are filling up with confidence.

In their run to the semi-final they have conceded just two goals, knocking out Premier League clubs, Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion and will look to prove stiff opposition against the Reds this weekend.

Liverpool are another side who have been in good form, and finally reached the semi’s after their 1-0 replay win against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in the last round.

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That was the second of their replay’s in the run to the semi’s, as they had a scare against Championship outfit, Bolton Wanderers earlier on in the competition, but Brendan Rodgers will be itching for some success out of this season and a place in the final will put them one step closer to a trophy.

Steven Gerrard will be itching to get to Wembley for one last time with his boyhood club and winning this game will ensure he can play in the final on his birthday before he jets off to LA Galaxy in the summer.

Team News

Aston Villa are set to be without Chris Herd and Libor Kozak for the game. Gabriel Agbonlahor is facing a late race to fitness as he was forced off last time out for Villa with a hamstring problem. Christian Benteke has come into form at the right time for the club, scoring four in his last two games and will lead the attack.

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Liverpool could be without Adam Lallana and Mamadou Sakho as they are still recovering from injury. Daniel Sturridge missed out in Liverpool’s last game but is expected to return, while captain Steven Gerrard could also return to the starting lineup after serving his suspension.

Key Points

Aston Villa’s FA Cup form: W/W/W/W

Liverpool’s FA Cup form: D/W/W/D/W

Key Stat: Liverpool have won the last six FA Cup meetings between the sides without conceding a single goal. Villa did win their first ever FA Cup meeting back in 1897 though and will hope to get their second victory 118 years later.

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Key Player: Raheem Sterling – The Liverpool starlet has had another great season so far and needs to let his football do the talking in their remaining games. He seemed unfazed by the controversy surrounding his contract talks in Liverpool’s Monday night win and he can provide the difference here.

Score Prediction

Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool – Liverpool should have the edge in this one but the Villa players can make a poor season a very good one if they are to reach the final. Expect goals in what should be a thriller.

Did Charlie Austin and Danny Ings deserve an England call-up?

The England national team are set to take on Lithuania in a Euro 2016 qualifying match at Wembley on Friday night in a game where manager Roy Hodgson will be expecting his side to cruise to victory.

The Three Lions will then travel to Turin to take on Italy on Tuesday, March 31, where Hodgson could rotate a few players and trial any new ideas.

The England boss always faces a tough decision when it comes to team selection and he has undoubtedly left a few players disappointed at not being selected despite their valiant efforts this season.

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In terms of attacking options, here are the four strikers Hodgson has selected: Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck.

The most notable attacking players to miss out are Charlie Austin, Danny Ings and Saido Berahino as all of them have had excellent season’s.

Danny Ings has been selected for under-21 action, as was Saido Berahino but the West Brom forward has since been removed after he suffered a foot injury at Manchester City on Saturday, so he will be unable to play anyway.

But how do the selected strikers compare statistically to those left out?

England strikers

English strikers in the 2014/15 Premier League season (stats via Squawka)

There is no doubting that Harry Kane is worth his selection as both his performances and statistics this season are second-to-none having scored more goals and contributed more goals-per-game than any other player.

Wayne Rooney is the country’s captain and therefore automatically fills a spot – that’s not to say that he isn’t worth his place as the Manchester United man has still contributed an impressive amount considering he’s been deployed in midfield for large periods of this season.

The man who will be most disappointed is QPR‘s Charlie Austin. The 25-year-old has contributed more goals than any other player besides Harry Kane, and has also got the best shooting accuracy out of anyone.

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With 15 goals in the Premier League this season at a club that looks set to be relegated, it’s an impressive achievement and he may have been expecting a phone call from Hodgson, but it wasn’t to be this time.

It’s worth pointing out that Austin has seen a dip in form in the last three months with just three goals in 11 appearances, which could be a crucial factor that’s affected his chances and something Hodgson will have noticed.

Danny Ings has performed similarly at Burnley and may feel slightly unfortunate not to get the nod having contributed more goals-per-game than both Sturridge and Welbeck.

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Saido Berahino is the weakest candidate statistically out of the three most notable absentees from the squad, but as previously mentioned, he would’ve been unavailable through injury in any case.

It appears that Hodgson has gone with the tried and trusted experienced players combined with new addition Harry Kane who he couldn’t leave out based on the Tottenham striker’s form this season.

Austin and Ings will continue to chomp at the bit and if they can fire either of their sides to safety then maybe they’ll get a chance next time round.

FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Blackburn

Competition: FA Cup Quarter-Final – Liverpool vs Blackburn Rovers

Venue: Anfield – Sunday, March 8 – 16:00 GMT (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 2/7 – Draw 9/2 – Blackburn 9/1

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Blackburn Rovers to Anfield in their FA Cup quarter-final tie on Sunday afternoon and go into the game as outright favourites for the match as well as the favourites to lift this year’s FA Cup trophy.

The Reds have won their last five at home in all competitions and you have to look back as far as early November for the last time Liverpool lost in front of their own fans – a run of 13 games.

Liverpool beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the last round and will have their sights set on a trip to Wembley if they can progress past Blackburn. This will be the Reds’ second home game in this year’s FA Cup after they drew 0-0 against Bolton in the fourth round.

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Brendan Rodgers has his side playing some excellent football and club captain Steven Gerrard will celebrate his 35th birthday on the day of the 2015 FA Cup final in what will be his final game for the club and it’s difficult to see Blackburn ruining that plot on Sunday.

The Championship outfit are currently sitting in 10th place in English football’s second tier and have won just one of their last five in all competitions.

That victory came on Wednesday night in a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn will now hope to record back-to-back away wins for the first time this season.

Recent form as well as history suggests that will be an extremely difficult task as Blackburn haven’t won at Liverpool in fifteen years – a run of 11 games since.

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They can take confidence knowing that 1-0 victory came in the last FA Cup meeting between the pair and Gary Bowyer will have his players fired up for another big Premier League test.

Blackburn have already beaten Swansea City and Stoke City in this year’s FA Cup so will travel to Liverpool knowing they have a chance.

Team News

Liverpool will be without Lucas Leiva (groin), Jose Enrique (knee), Brad Jones (hip) and John Flanagan (knee) while Jordan Ibe (knee) will also miss out through injury but would have been cup-tied anyway. Mamadou Sakho and Steven Gerrard are both doubts but could both be in line to start the game on Sunday afternoon. Rodgers is expected to field a strong lineup and won’t take any chances against lower opposition.

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Blackburn will be without Shane Duffy (knee) and Jason Lowe for the trip to Anfield while Joshua King, who scored a hat-trick against Stoke in the last round, is a doubt after missing Wednesday’s game at Sheffield Wednesday. Jordan Rhodes should partner Rudy Gestede in attack.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five in all competitions: W/W/L/W/W

Blackburn’s last five in all competitions: D/D/L/D/W

Key Stat: Liverpool have only lost one of their last 17 games at home to Blackburn in all competitions and that came 15 years ago.

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Key Player: Daniel Sturridge – The England striker has looked good since returning from injury and will look to build on Wednesday’s goal against Burnley in this one.

Score Prediction

Liverpool 3-1 Blackburn – The Reds will be too strong for Blackburn in this one but the away side will be confident of getting at least one goal. This should be an open and entertaining game but Liverpool are playing some excellent football at the moment and have the hearts set on a Wembley appearance.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Southampton vs Liverpool

Southampton vs. Liverpool: Premier League

Venue: St Mary’s Stadium – Sunday, February 22nd – 16:15

Match Odds: Southampton 7/5 – Draw 23/10 – Liverpool 19/10

Southampton welcome Liverpool to St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday for a crucial Premier League game that could play a huge part in who qualifies for Champions League football come the end of the season.

The Saints are currently clinging on to a top-four spot, one point ahead of Arsenal and three clear of Tottenham, while Liverpool are four points adrift in seventh place.  A Liverpool win would close the gap on Southampton to just one point, so the stakes are extremely high.

We’ve been running out of superlatives to describe the performance by Ronald Koeman‘s side this season, but they have stuttered in recent weeks and rumblings are starting to grow over whether their bid to qualify for European football is beginning to derail.

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This game represents the perfect opportunity to silence any doubters and should they pick up all three points, they will remain on track to secure the highly sought after top-four finish.

Southampton have only scored one goal in their last three games which represents their worst run of offensive form all season – they’ve also only conceded one goal in that time too, so low scoring affairs is a recent theme to their matches.

Southampton’s home record in the Premier League: Played 13 – Won 7 – Drawn 3 – Lost 3

Visitors Liverpool boast the best form in the league at the moment, picking up 20 points from their last eight games and have conceded just two goals in their last five outings.

Before Tottenham struck twice at Anfield in their most recent Premier League game, they were on a run of four consecutive clean sheets. The 3-2 victory against Spurs also helped extend Liverpool’s unbeaten run in the league to nine games having lost just one of the previous 13 matches (W8, D4).

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One issue Brendan Rodgers must address is the fact that Liverpool have struggled to pick up points on the road against teams outside of the bottom six in the table, with their only away win over a side above 14th position coming in an early season 3-0 success at Tottenham. They have lost five and drawn one in the other fixtures against the top-14 clubs.

Liverpool’s away record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 6 – Drawn 1 – Lost 5

The Saints will be without the suspended Ryan Bertrand, as well as the still injured Emmanuel Makuya and Jay Rodriguez. Morgan Schneiderlin, Toby Alderweireld, Shane Long and Matt Targett are all expected to return to the Southampton squad, while Sam Gallagher could also be included following injury.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard will almost certainly miss out with a hamstring injury, as will Lucas (groin), Brad Jones (thigh) and Jon Flanagan (knee).

A Daniel Sturridge winner ten minutes from time saw Liverpool edge the reverse fixture 2-1 at Anfield on the first day of the season and they’ll be hoping for a repeat result.

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Southampton’s last five: W/W/L/W/D

Liverpool’s last five: W/W/W/D/W

Key Stat: Liverpool have won away at Southampton twice out of their last eight attempts in the Premier League (D2, L4).

Key Player: Daniel Sturridge – his recent return from injury couldn’t have come at a better time for Liverpool and his goals in the run-in will be vital.

Score Prediction: Southampton 1-2 Liverpool – Current form could play a part and Liverpool will edge it.