Liverpool: Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno; Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling; Sturridge, Lambert.
£25m summer signing Adam Lallana returned to training this week but is unlikely to be fit to play against his former club on Sunday. Fellow signings from Southampton, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert are both in contention to start. Lazar Markovic could be in the match squad but is unlikely to start after returning from injury. New signing Alberto Moreno could be involved.
Southampton: Forster; Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Bertrand; Schneiderlin, Wanyama; Ward-Prowse, Davis, Tadic; Pellé
Fraser Forster, Ryan Bertrand, Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and Shane Long are all in contention to make their debuts for Southampton. Young James Ward-Prowse could be given a more senior role at the club after the departure of so many senior players.
Liverpool v Southampton preview:
Following a summer of acquiring Southampton players, Liverpool host the Saints on the opening weekend of the season.
Southampton have seen their impressive side from last season completely raided by the big Premier League teams.
This week new manager Ronald Koeman splashed out £12m on Shane Long to complement fellow new attacking signings Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic.
Liverpool will hope to build on their 2nd placed finish of last season but will have to do it without star striker Luis Suarez, who moved to Barcelona for a very large sum of money.
The Reds beat Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on Sunday whilst Southampton lost their 100% pre-season record with a 1-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen.
101GG predicts: Liverpool 1 – Southampton 0.
Some essential facts and stats to help with online betting on Liverpool v Southampton:
Southampton have won on two of their last 4 visits to Anfield, including a 1-0 win last season.
Liverpool have won only one of their last five opening day fixtures, last season’s 1-0 win over Stoke.
Liverpool scored 101 (great?!) goals last season but only managed to keep 10 clean sheets.
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