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Pundit predictions- What is their take on Southampton vs Liverpool ?

Liverpool will be looking to make it two in a row in the Premier League when they travel to the South Coast to take on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton today afternoon. The fixtures comes barely three days after the Reds travelled to Istanbul for the UEFA Super Cup- a visit that proved fruitful thanks to Adrian’s heroics in the shootout.

Liverpool beat Norwich 4-1 at Anfield to kick off their league engagements this season, while Saints were at the receiving end of a 3-0 scoreline against Burnley at Turf Moor.

Here is a look at various pundit predictions for Saints v Liverpool.

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has gone for a 2-0 Liverpool win, only one of two away wins predicted by him by this weekend (the other’s Newcastle away at Norwich)

Swimmer Adam Peaty, Lawro’s opponent for GW2, has tipped a 4-0 win for Liverpool, the biggest margin of victory for any Premier League side in his predictions for the weekend.

Onto Sky, where Charlie Nicholas has gone against the grain, predicting a 2-2 draw at St.Mary’s, saying he’s “not convinced by Liverpool” this season.

Some predictions from a couple of former Liverpool players from the 90’s- Stan Collymore reckons the Reds will win 3-1. Michael Owen also expects the Reds to take all three points, and backs Roberto Firmino to find the back of the net.

Robbie Savage has echoed Collymore’s prediction- another with a 3-1 win for the visitors.

Saints legend Matt Le Tissier reckons the travel and extra minutes played in Istanbul could work in favour of Southampton, and like Nicholas, has gone for a 2-2 draw.

Jermaine Jenas: Jenas reckons Liverpool will win, but won’t keep a clean sheet, with his prediction of a 4-1 win.

Phil Thomson reckons that Southampton will come flying out of the blocks, and it’s imperative for Liverpool to survive the first 15-20 minutes. Has backed the Reds to win 2-1.

So, to sum it up, everyone thinks Liverpool will win bar Nicholas and Le Tissier, and even they think the best Saints should expect is a point.

Liverpool Player Ratings v Southampton- How did the media rate them?

Liverpool really did not have to get out of second gear as they managed an easy 3-0 win over Mark Hughes’ Southampton over the weekend- the scoreline a repeat of their win from last season.

The Reds tried out a 4-2-3-1 formation at the beginning of the game to accommodate Xherdan Shaqiri, but reverted back to the 4-3-3 that Klopp has generally favoured after the Swiss international’s withdrawal at half time.

The win also means that LFC are the only team in the league with a 100% record following Chelsea’s goalless stalemate at the London Stadium against Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham.

That Liverpool didn’t really hit their stride, but were also not posed any real problems, is shown in their ratings, with most players earning a 7 for their efforts at Anfield. Southampton took 90 minutes to register their first shot on target, and that was easily saved by Alisson.

Most of the papers, bar the Echo, thought that Virgil van Dijk was the best LFC backline player on show. They also agreed that Xherdan Shaqiri had an impressive full debut.

This was a relatively easy fixture in a tough schedule for the Reds- this Saints clash was preceded by their Champions League clash against PSG, and will be followed by back to back games against Chelsea (Cup & League) and a trip to Italy to take on Napoli. Continue reading

Liverpool vs Southampton Review- Klopp tries out 4-2-3-1 formation against Saints

Liverpool made it six wins in as many games as they brushed aside the challenge of Mark Hughes’ Southampton at Anfield on Saturday afternoon. For Saints, it was effectively a repeat of last season’s game, having lost 3-0 in 2017/18 as well. LFC had the game wrapped up by half time, and didn’t even have to get out of second gear- this was a pretty easy win for them despite Southampton’s best efforts.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp handed Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri their first league starts of the season and opted for a change in formation to 4-2-3-1. This saw Henderson and Wijnaldum in midfield, Salah as the sole striker upfront, Shaqiri effectively employed as a No.10, with Roberto Firmino on the left and Sadio Mane on the right.

LFC Lineup v Saints 2018 Continue reading

Pundit Predictions- Liverpool v Southampton 2018 (September 22, Round 6)

Liverpool are on a bit of a roll, having won their opening five league games of the new season and seeing off the challenge French giants Paris Saint-Germain in their first CL group game in midweek. Beating Southampton this weekend will see the Reds win their sixth straight Premier League game, a feat that has only previously been managed in the top flight by Newcastle, Man City and Chelsea.

Liverpool won the corresponding fixture between these two sides 3-0 last season thanks to a brace from Mo Salah and a second half strike from Philippe Coutinho.

Can Liverpool make it 6 wins out of 6 against Saints? Here is what the pundits have predicted for this clash.

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro has gone for a repeat of last season’s scoreline, predicting that Liverpool will beat Saints by three unanswered goals. Lawro’s celeb opponent for the weekend, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, like him, has gone for a 3-0 win to the Reds

Paul Merson: Sky pundit Merson also reckons that Liverpool will be too strong for Southampton, and has also gone for a 3-0 scoreline in favour of the home side. Continue reading