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MATCH PREVIEW: LIVERPOOL VS SOUTHAMPTON

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Published 2 months ago Nov 26, 2021

By Pulkit

Liverpool host Southampton for their game in the Premier League on Saturday and would like to continue their dominance at home in this fixture. The Reds’ most recent top-flight game saw them teach Arsenal a footballing lesson in a 4-0 success, while the Saints went down 2-1 to Norwich City.

Liverpool would’ve thought it would be difficult to break down Aaron Ramsdale’s Arsenal defence. But after Sadio Mane opened the scoring with the header, there was no stopping them whatsoever. Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Takumi Minamino netted as well making it 4-0 for the Reds. 

Despite assuring themselves of a first-placed finish before the visit of Porto, Liverpool kept up their remarkable rate of scoring at least twice with a 2-0 win over the Portuguese giants, with Thiago Alcantara scoring a peach of a strike before Salah doubled his side’s tally. Jurgen Klopp’s side are sitting in third place in the table, one point adrift of second-placed Manchester City but leaders Chelsea are currently out of sight with 12 fixtures played.

The Reds have scored at least two goals in 16 games this season in all competitions and have yet to suffer a home defeat this season. Southampton have a massive task at hand, and they know it won’t be easy. Southampton are entering the encounter on the back of three wins and a draw in the top flight. They were held by the struggling Norwich City who are their second victims this term. 

Southampton’s four-game unbeaten run came to a shock end, with a 2-1 defeat leaving them 13th in the rankings with 14 points to their name five points ahead of the drop zone. They have 13 defeats from 17 away games in the top flight since the turn of the year, the Saints boast the worst Premier League away record in 2021 

Liverpool Premier League form:

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Southampton Premier League form:

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TEAM NEWS

Liverpool

Naby Keita might be ready for the game against Southampton, but it remains to be seen.

Roberto Firmino, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Joe Gomez are set to miss out once more.

Southampton 

Nathan Redmond missed the Norwich game due to the birth of his child, but he will be available  for the Liverpool game. 

Stuart Armstrong and Moussa Djenepo are still doubtful through injury and personal problems respectively.

Jack Stephens is still out injured and is set to miss out. 

EXPECTED LINEUPS

Liverpool

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mane

Southampton 

McCarthy; Livramento, Salisu, Bednarek, Walker-Peters; Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Elyounoussi; Adams, Armstrong

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