Preview: Liverpool v Southampton

Liverpool

Liverpool will be hoping to keep their current run of form going on Saturday when they host a Southampton side looking to find consistency in the Premier League.

Premier League
Date: 18 November 2017
Match Day 12
Kick-off: 17H00 local time
Venue: Anfield

Referee: M. Jones
Assistants: H. Lennard, M. Scholes
Fourth official: M. Oliver

Head-to-head summary

TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Liverpool 83 39 21 23
Southampton 83 23 21 39

Previous encounter

Liverpool 0-0 Southampton 07/05/17 (Premier League)

Players to watch

Mohamed Salah has been a revelation for Liverpool since signing from Roma and has already scored 12 goals and provided four assists in only 17 games across all competitions.

The Saints have been struggling for goals this season, but Manolo Gabbiadini remains their biggest threat with three goals to his name thus far, while Steven Davis has bagged two.

Team form and manager quotes

The Reds went through a rough patch in October, drawing with Newcastle United and Manchester United before enduring a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham at Wembley Stadium.

However, Jurgen Klopp’s charges bounced back with a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town before handing West Ham United a 4-1 rout at the London Stadium.

In head-to-head stats, Southampton have dominated Liverpool recently. The Saints have won three and drawn two of their last five games in all competitions against the Merseysiders.

When Klopp was asked about Liverpool’s improved form, he told his pre-match press conference: “I would love to say ‘Yes (we’ve turned a corner). What we know — what we knew before — is we have to improve defensively.

“Not single players, as a team we have to prepare ourselves better, not give them any counter-attacks. We did that better recently.”

Meanwhile, the Saints have been relatively unlucky in their last few Premier League games, drawing 2-2 with Newcastle and 1-1 with Brighton & Hove Albion, before a 1-0 defeat to Burnley. They did, however, edge out West Brom 1-0.

The defeat to the Clarets sent Southampton down to 13th position, but a victory could see them shoot up to eighth.

Former Liverpool assistant manager, under Rafa Benitez, Mauricio Pellegrino is looking forward to returning to his old stomping ground but is determined to maintain the Saints’ excellent record against the Reds.

“It will be a nice experience for me. I had a really happy time in my career as a player and as a coach at Liverpool,” said the Saints boss, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

“But on Saturday it is a nice opportunity to represent Southampton, and we will try to play well, play a good game and create problems for Liverpool.”

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Team news

Liverpool are still waiting on the fitness of Sadio Mane, while Adam Lallana could feature from the bench. Captain Jordan Henderson is back in the fray.

Midfielder Mario Lemina returned to training following his ankle injury, but is not yet fit enough to play a part for Southampton.

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