Liverpool vs Southampton betting tips: Premier League preview & predictions

Liverpool vs Southampton prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Southampton

Liverpool return to Anfield on Saturday after three games on the road. They welcome a re-surgent Southampton side under the tutelage of the “Alpine Klopp”, Ralph Hasenhüttl.

Nineteen is a recurring number here, with Liverpool looking to win their nineteenth league title after going nineteen points clear at the top of the Premier League on Wednesday evening, following their 0-2 win at West Ham. The Reds have also won each of their last nineteen Premier League matches at Anfield.

Southampton, on the other hand, looked destined for relegation a third of the way through season. After a run of collecting just one point from twenty-one, they sat just one point above Norwich who were anchoring the Premier League table.

However, their run of five wins from seven recently, has seen them climb into the top-half of the table where they now sit one point above Arsenal and just three behind Manchester United, who are in fifth.

Liverpool vs Southampton: Who will win?

Liverpool have won each of their last five matches against Southampton. They also come into Saturday’s match chasing their sixteenth consecutive win in the league; their twentieth at Anfield. Therefore, they are the massive favourites for the win here, at 2/7.

Southampton and Liverpool played out a pair of 0-0 draws during the 2016/17 season. While a lot has changed since then, odds of 9/2 for them to cancel each other out could prove good value.

The Saints have inflicted three defeats on Klopp’s Reds during his time at the club. They are 10/1 outsiders to shock the footballing world and end Liverpool’s dreams of an invincible season here.

Liverpool vs Southampton: Who will score?

Mohamed Salah has five goals and an assist in five matches against the Saints. The 1-2 win at St Mary’s Stadium back in August is the first time he has failed to find the net against Saturday’s opponents.

Salah comes into the match in good form, with three goals in his last five Premier League matches. So, it is no surprise to see the Egyptian King as the 11/4 favourite to break the deadlock here, just as he did on Wednesday evening. Or you can back him at 8/13 to score at any time.

Despite not finding the net himself on Wednesday, Roberto Firmino was in scintillating form once more for the Reds at London Stadium. He has just two goals in nine appearances against Southampton in his career, including the match winner back in August.

You can back Bobby to get his first goal at Anfield this season at 11/10. Or 9/2, if you think the Brazilian international will be the man to open the scoring in the match.

Danny Ings has been a massive hit at St Mary’s since his transfer from Liverpool, initially on loan, in 2018. He is behind only Jamie Vardy and Sergio Aguero in the hunt for the Premier League’s golden boot award this season.

Ings looks great value to score against his former club, at 12/5. Or you can back the English International at 17/2 to get the game’s opening goal.

Liverpool vs Southampton: Match preview

Liverpool are the dominant side in world football, perhaps even world sport, at the moment.

With every match it seems a new record is broken, with Wednesday’s victory over West Ham being no different. This season will now be the first in the club’s top-flight history where they have defeated all of their Premier League opponents at least once.

It is also the most points of any club after twenty-four matches and the most points from any thirty-eight match stretch in the history of the league, with one hundred and eight.

Even scoring against this Liverpool side appears an uphill task at the moment, with eight clean sheets from their last nine matches. With Southampton failing to score against Liverpool in each of their last three visits to Anfield, not many will be betting against them making that nine from ten.

However, there are several reasons to believe this could be the match where Liverpool’s ‘invincible’ charge comes to an end.

As we can see above, Southampton are one of only two sides to have a significantly higher expected goals (xG) in a match against Liverpool this season. The previous match between them in August saw both teams create and waste two big chances. The difference in the end proved to be the superior quality of the Liverpool forward’s in finishing off more of the half-chances that came their way.

Liverpool vs Southampton: A look at the visitors

Looking at Southampton, they have also been on a fantastic run on their travels, winning four away matches in a row.

They appear to have sorted things out at the back, now hovering around or below the 1.0 xGA line over their last ten games. This makes them a completely different side to the Saints who were thrashed 9-0 by Leicester ten games into the season.

In Hasenhüttl, they could have the ideal manager to nullify Jurgen Klopp’s game-plan. The former RB Leipzig manager is very familiar with implementing and breaking a press. So much so, he has drawn comparisons with his counterpart on Saturday.

As Sun Tzu famously said, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”

Liverpool team news vs Southampton

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 11: Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Sadio Mane, James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne remain ruled out from the squad who travelled to London in midweek.

Adam Lallana also missed the match due to a viral infection. He remains a major doubt here given the short break between matches.

Xherdan Shaqiri is nearing a return for the Reds and will be assessed prior to Saturday’s game. However, at most, he would only be involved from the bench.

Divock Origi was withdrawn twenty minutes from time of Liverpool’s win at the London Stadium. He told Klopp after the match it was merely cramp and therefore could be involved again this weekend.

Should he be unavailable, January signing Takumi Minamino may start his first Premier League match since his move from Salzburg.

Predicted Liverpool team vs Southampton

Predicted Liverpool team vs Southampton

Predicted Liverpool team vs Southampton

Southampton team news vs Liverpool

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 02: Jannik Vestergaard of Southampton during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton FC at Etihad Stadium on November 2, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Cedric Soares is the only Saints player who missed Saturday’s FA Cup match with Spurs who remains sidelined here. Soares is expected to sign for Arsenal on Friday anyway.

Jannik Vestergaard returns to the squad after missing the 1-1 draw with a concussion.

Shane Long also missed the match due to a swollen knee but should be available once again for the trip to Anfield.

Yan Valery has not been in a match-day squad since November. However, he has been back in training for two weeks now and could be in line to start on Saturday given Kevin Danso’s poor performance against Spurs.

Another option at right-back is Kyle Walker-Peters, who signed on loan from Tottenham earlier this week. However, Hasenhüttl believes it will be too little time with the club to start here.

Hasenhüttl also confirmed in his pre-match press conference that midfielder Stuart Armstrong will be absent for two to three weeks due to the injury that forced him off before half-time against Tottenham.

Predicted Southampton team vs Liverpool

Predicted Southampton team vs Liverpool

Predicted Southampton team vs Liverpool

The latest tweets from Liverpool pre-Southampton

https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1222670760977760259

https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1222890190693224450

https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1222811689898463233

https://twitter.com/LFCTV/status/1222672774377816064

The latest tweets from Southampton pre-Liverpool

https://twitter.com/SouthamptonFC/status/1222912856502390784

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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