Preview: Liverpool vs Southampton

Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield on Saturday looking to build on back-to-back wins in the Premier League to stay within touching distance of the top four.

Date: 18th November 2017
Time: 15:00 GMT
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool

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Should Jurgen Klopp’s men come out on top, it would be the first time in 12 months that Liverpool have won three games in a row in the league; the Reds are also unbeaten at home thus far.

Their visitors have struggled for goals so far this season, scoring just nine in their opening 11 games, and have failed to find consistent form under Mauricio Pellegrino; who is returning to his former club where he spent time as both a player and coach.

However, the Saints should find solace in the fact that Liverpool have failed to beat them in their last five meetings – losing three and drawing two.

Team News

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There is a welcome return for the hosts who welcome back Adam Lallana to the first-team for the first time in three months following a thigh injury, and skipper Jordan Henderson will also be available.

However, they are expected to without Joel Matip, who is almost certain to miss the clash with a thigh problem meaning Dejan Lovren should feature against his former employers.

Nathaniel Clyne is the only other significant absentee for the Reds following back surgery this week which will sideline him for the foreseeable future.

Following the international break, there were concerns over Sadio Mane, but the Senegalese winger is expected to win a race for fitness to face his former club.

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Only former Juventus midfielder, Mario Lemina, is missing for the Saints – failing to recover from an ankle injury in time for the visit to Anfield.

Virgil Van Dijk is expected to feature against the club who chased him all summer long, and rumours continue to circulate that Liverpool will return with another offer for the Dutchman in January.

Predicted Line-Ups

Liverpool: Mignolet; Gomez, Klavan, Lovren, Moreno; Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum; Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino

Southampton: Forster; Soares, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Davis; Boufal, Long, Redmond; Gabbiadini

Stats and Facts

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Liverpool’s top scorer in the Premier League, Mohamed Salah, is responsible for 33.3% of their goals.

Liverpool require an average of 9.5 shots on goal before scoring in the Premier League this season.

61.9% of Liverpool’s 21 Premier League goals have come from open play this season – 13 in total.

Southampton have the best disciplinary record at present with just ten bookings shown from their first 11 matches of the season.

Southampton have conceded 11 goals in as many Premier League matches this season, while only scoring nine at the other end – an average of 0.81 goals per game.

Southampton forward Nathan Redmond has had 27 shots without scoring this season; no other player except Huddersfield’s Tom Ince has had that many attempts without scoring.

Prediction

Liverpool 2-0 Southampton

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