Liverpool vs. Southampton
| Saturday, November 4th |
Premier League | Anfield
3PM GMT/10AM EST
With the 2016/17 season’s Premier League fixtures both ending in 0-0, Jürgen Klopp has yet to record a league win over Southampton (W0 D3 L1) and there’s no better time or place to do it than at Anfield this weekend.
The last time Liverpool beat Saints in a home Premier League fixture (all the way back on Sunday 17 August in 2014) Brendan Rodgers and Ronald Koeman were still PL managers. As things stand, Southampton are unbeaten in their last 5 matches against Liverpool in all competitions (W3 D2 L0).
Will their new manager, former Liverpool player Mauricio Pellegrino, have what it takes to ensure that becomes six matches for the first time ever in the Saints’ history or will our Redmen keep their pre-international break form and get those 3 points?
Projected Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Mignolet; Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Moreno; Can, Wijnaldum, Coutinho; Salah, Mané, Firmino
For the first time in ages, Klopp has the benefit of an almost fully fit squad available for team selection.
Having been sent home early from international duty last week after complaining about discomfort, Mané initially seemed a doubt to face his former team tomorrow. But, after being cleared to take part in full training on Thursday, it’s probably safe to say he’ll be on the left wing at kick off.
More good news is that Adam Lallana is back to match fitness as he has overcome his thigh injury, which has had him side-lined since pre-season. However, expect him to be on the bench tomorrow and hopefully get some game time deep into the second half. Jordan Henderson is also likely to be on the bench tomorrow as well, after also being declared match fit.
Joe Gomez is an automatic start after having Neymar in his back pocket during the Three Lions’ friendly match against Brazil on Wednesday night. Our signing of the season, Mohamed Salah, is currently on 7 goals and should be looking to break Robbie Fowler’s record of having scored 8 goals in his first 12 matches.
The Saints will be without midfielder Mario Lemina, who is out due to an ankle injury and not quite match fit yet as well as defender Jérémy-Pied. With a 0- 1 defeat to Burnley at home prior to the break and a 1-1 draw away to Brighton, this looks to be a must win for the Saints to get club morale back up. Virgil van Dijk is still the defender we all want and should look to making Liverpool want him even more after tomorrow’s fixture.
Here’s hoping that Liverpool bring the style that hammered the Hammers two weeks ago to ensure an entertaining and goal-filled afternoon at Anfield.
What the Managers Had to Say
Jurgen Klopp: “Lallana is in training now since three days or four days [ago]. It is fantastic that he is back. He lost nothing, no skills or anything."
Mauricio Pellegrino: "We'll try to manage the ball - this will be key to the game. When they are higher it is an opportunity for us to create problems."
Referee: Mike Jones Assistants: Harry Lennard, Mark Scholes Fourth official: Michael Oliver
Kickoff is set for 3PM GMT/10AM EST tomorrow, and television listings for the match can be found on LiveSoccerTV. In the meantime, we'll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it's released, our live matchday thread, and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on the action as it happens.