Southampton have a number of injuries to contend with this weekend and that could ultimately prove their downfall against a rampant Liverpool side. Claude Puel’s side are struggling for consistency, winning three of their last nine competitive matches.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last 12, winning 10 of those matches. They are top of the Premier League and scoring goals for fun.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have scored 10 in their last two matches and could look to target Southampton down the sides of their defence with both of their regular full-backs expected to miss out through injury. Naija and Bet
Southampton triumphed 3-2 the last time the two sides met, but Liverpool generally come out on top when these two meet at Saint Mary’s. Liverpool have won three of the last four at Southampton, scoring 13 goals in that time.
Southampton – Pierre-Emile Højbjerg is a doubt for this fixture after being forced to withdraw from the Denmark squad with a knock.
Ryan Bertrand also picked up an injury during the international break, while Fraser Forster was forced to withdraw from the England squad at the start of the break. All three are expected to be fit this weekend.
Dusan Tadic suffered a suspected broken nose with Serbia, but that shouldn’t rule him out this weekend. Cedric Soares also returns.
Southampton are also expected to still be without Shane Long, Jake Hesketh, Alex McCarthy, Matt Targett, Harrison Reed and Jeremy Pied.
Liverpool – Danny Ings has been ruled out for 7-9 months after suffering another knee injury. Sheyi Ojo and Joe Gomez have returned to training but aren’t expected to feature here.
Adam Lallana was forced off in the first half of England’s 2-2 draw with Spain with a suspected calf injury. It’s not thought to be serious, but it may keep him sidelined here nonetheless.
Philippe Coutinho is reportedly an injury doubt since returning from the international break. If he is not fit to feature then Daniel Sturridge will come into the team.
Liverpool have won 7 of their last 8 matches (Premier League).
Liverpool have been winning at both half time and full time in 6 of their last 8 matches (Premier League).
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Liverpool’s last 8 games (Premier League).
Liverpool have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches (Premier League).
Liverpool have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 away matches against Southampton in all competitions.