Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs. Southampton
Venue: Anfield – Sunday, October 25 – 16:15 GMT (12:15 ET)
Match Odds: Liverpool 1/1 – Draw 13/5 – Southampton 13/5
Liverpool host Southampton in a key Premier League fixture on Sunday afternoon with both sides looking to climb the table.
Liverpool have started life under Jurgen Klopp with two draws in a week. A solid 0-0 at Spurs last week was followed by a more disappointing 1-1 with Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday.
Klopp will hope his side don’t suffer from their European commitments here as he will be hoping to see the Reds leapfrog the Saints with a first win in his debut Premier League game at Anfield.
Liverpool’s Premier League record: P9 – W3 – D4 – L2Embed from Getty Images
Southampton come into the game unbeaten in their last three league games. A 3-1 win at Chelsea in their last away game will have fueled the players with confidence ahead of this one.
They drew 2-2 with Leicester last weekend but will be confident of picking up at least a point after already impressing against Chelsea and Manchester United.
Southampton’s Premier League record: P9 – W3 – D4 – L2Embed from Getty Images
Liverpool have won the last three meetings between the two sides, scoring at least twice in each match. The most recent clash ended 2-0 to Liverpool in February in a game that will be remembered for Philippe Coutinho’s stunning long-range strike.
Liverpool will still be without Jordan Henderson, Jordan Rossiter, Jon Flanagan, Joe Gomez and Danny Ings. Daniel Sturridge is a doubt along with former Saints defender Dejan Lovren. Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino are back in contention and could start in Klopp’s first home league game.
Southampton have three injury worries coming into the game as Fraser Forster, Florin Gardos and Shane Long remain out. Jordy Clasie made his debut last weekend but may have to settle for a place on the bench here.
Liverpool’s last five: L/D/W/D/D
Southampton’s last five: D/L/W/W/D
Key Stat: There hasn’t been a draw between these two sides since January 2002 – a run of 13 games has followed, with Liverpool winning eight of them.
Key Player: Graziano Pelle – The powerful Saints forward has three goals and two assists combined against Chelsea and Manchester United this season. Expect him to threaten another big side on Sunday.Embed from Getty Images
Liverpool 1-1 Southampton – This is another stiff test for Jurgen Klopp. Southampton are well organised and have impressed against the top sides already this season. Expect a close one with a score draw the most likely result in our books.