England Premier League
Saturday 12th November 2022
Kick off at 3pm GMT
Jurgen Klopp must be literally tearing his hair out but trying to remain calm with Liverpool’s indifferent form. One week they are able to beat the best teams in Europe, yet the next fall to clubs that are at the bottom of the Premier League, and they have found no real consistency. With the league stopping now for the World Cup he will have no opportunity even by winning this game to prove that his team are back on the right track. Klopp’s Liverpool have turned into a team who had unbelievable consistency to one who now must take each game as it comes.
Last weekend did feel like a statement win though as they beat Tottenham away from home 2-1. In midweek they knocked out Derby from the EFL Cup but that game finsihed 0-0 and it took a penalty shoot out to settle it. That wouldn’t have worried Klopp too much though given the usual changes that are made for the cup. The Reds are 7 points behind an objective of fourth place but have an extra game to play and they have won 3 of their last five games but lost 2 of their last three.
Southampton have been busy by sacking Ralph Hasenhuttl but unlike some clubs this season they brought in his replacement very quickly. Nathan Jones is the new manager and what a first game to be in charge of. He has spent most of his managerial career at Luton and his average win rate overall is 43%. The Saints have taken a chance on the Welshman and it should be fascinating to see if he can improve the clubs fortunes for the remainder of the season. He will need too as they currently sit in 18th place with one win in their last five and have lost 8 times already from 14 games played. It’s not all doom and gloom for the Saints though who could climb up 4 or 5 places with victory here given how close it is currently in the league.
Half of Southampton’s points have actually come away from home but they have lost five of their seven games so far and scored just four goals, still based on away form only they would rank in 12th place.
Liverpool: Naby Keita has recovered from injury but remains a doubt due to fitness levels. Joel Matip, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz are all out until Boxing Day.
Southampton: Juan Larios has a slight knock and will be assessed, Kyle Walker-Peters is out long term with his hamstring as is Valentino Livramento with his knee.
Liverpool vs Southampton Head to Head:
Last season Liverpool won this fixture 4-0.
Liverpool have won the last 3 meetings in a row and 9 from the last 10.
Southampton last beat Liverpool away from home in the league in 2013.
Liverpool vs Southampton Prediction:
Despite this being a poor season for Liverpool’s standards where they come into this game a staggering 15 points behind league leaders Arsenal they have been a solid and dangerous unit at home. A determined Leeds side did become the first team to beat them here since March 2021 a few weeks ago, but it is a rare thing for the Reds to lose at home and we can’t see them losing back to back home league games. Neither can the bookies so it should come as no surprise that they are heavy odds on.
Mohamed Salah is scoring goals but by his standards not enough but getting a brace away to Tottenham is going to give him a lot of confidence returning home against a Southampton defence. Liverpool really should have no problems winning this game although of course clubs with new managers usually have quite a zip about them and Liverpool will know this first hand. Remember how Brighton came here in their first game under new manager Roberto De Zerbi and got a 3-3 draw? This is why there is no real guarantees that Liverpool can walk off with three points but with their price being so low it makes it easier for us to look into different markets.
Liverpool vs Southampton Betting Tips:
Liverpool to score 3+ goals at 1.91
Anytime goalscorer: Mohamed Salah at 1.80
Anytime goalscorer: Darwin Nunez at 2.00
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