Liverpool vs Southampton: Jurgen Klopp’s side return to Premier League action after their Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
The Reds are one of only two teams to have won all five of their league games as they sit joint-top of the table with Chelsea.
While Southampton make the long trip to the north west hoping for a much-improved display from the home draw to Brighton last time out.
Liverpool vs Southampton match preview
Liverpool finally look like the finished article after Jurgen Klopp’s £175m spending spree in the summer.
They’ve kept three clean sheets in six outings with £60m goalkeeper Alisson between the sticks and have found the perfect link between defence and attack in £50m midfielder Naby Keita.
The Reds extended their unbeaten run at Anfield to 13 games after their 3-2 win over PSG and haven’t conceded in front of their home fans in their last seven league games.
And despite last season’s top goalscorer Mohamed Salah’s wastefulness in front of goal, he’s been part of a front three alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane who have bagged nine goals and contributed four assists so far.
Klopp’s record against Saints leaves something to be desired (W3 D3 L3), but Mark Hughes’ record against the German proves he doesn’t know how to handle his full-throttle approach.
The Welshman has lost five and drawn once in six attempts and he’s left Anfield with a 4-1 defeat in each of his last two Premier League visits.
And Southampton make the trip without leading goalscorer Danny Ings, who has scored three goals on his loan from Liverpool.
Hughes will have to pick between out-of-form strikers Shane Long, Charlie Austin and Manolo Gabbiadini, who are yet to find the back of the net in 485 Premier League minutes between them.
Liverpool vs Southampton team news
Liverpool have concerns over the fitness of Divock Origi (ankle), Dominic Solanke (knock), Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren (both groin).
But striker Firmino, who sustained an eye abrasion in Liverpool’s last league game with Tottenham, should be fit to start after coming off the bench to score against PSG in midweek
Former Saints youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ruled out with knee ligament damage which could keep him sidelined for the rest of the campaign.
Ings is unavailable for Southampton due to the agreement in his loan from Liverpool, while Gabbiadini is a slight doubt for the visitors with a thigh complaint.
Liverpool vs Southampton head-to-head
The two sides have each won, drawn and lost twice in their last six meetings across all competitions.
However, Southampton have won just three of their 19 trips to Anfield in the Premier League.
Liverpool vs Southampton form
Liverpool vs Southampton predictions
Everything points to a routine home win for Liverpool and one to forget for the travelling Southampton supporters. We fancy Liverpool -2 to win at odds of 9/10 with Novibet.
We’re also backing Sadio Mane to make it five goals for the season against his former club. The forward can be found at evens to score anytime or at 4/1 for first goalscorer.