Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool take on Southampton as the premier league season resume after the hectic international break. The game will be played on Saturday, 18th November 2017 at the Anfield Stadium where Liverpool will be looking to win all three points and keep up the pace with the top four. Southampton on the other hand are in the bottom half of the table but historically they have performed well against Liverpool and another good performance can be expected from a talented squad who still to find their feet in the league this season. The game kicks off at around 15:00 uk time which means no live coverage in the UK however NBCSN will have live coverage in the US.
Liverpool vs Southampton Liverpool have played 5 matches at home this season and they are unbeaten winning three and drawing 2. Another three points will take their season tally to 22 points which will keep them closer to the top 4. After a difficult start to the season, Liverpool are starting to get a grip on the league and they will need to continue winning to keep their chances of top four finish in good shape.
Southampton are not the team they were in last couple of years, they still have quality players but they are not performing to the level expected of them. They were beaten 1-0 at home by Burnely before the international break and another defeat will really put pressure on this fragile looking Southampton side.
Match Predictions: Both teams go into this match on the back of very contrasting forms. Southampton can’t buy a win at the moment and Liverpool can not do any wrong if we look at the last 5 games of both teams. Liverpool are slowly getting their full strength squad back fit with Sturridge and Henderson nearing full fitness.
Which means more options for Liverpool. Both sides meet back in October 25 and it was a 1-1 draw where Mane scored a late goal to earn a point for Ronald Koeman. Liverpool players are settling into Klopps system pretty well and they are working hard in both attack and defense and for that reason I am going with a 1-0 win for Liverpool in this one.
Liverpool put up quite a show in first half scoring two goals and playing Southampton out of the park really. Coutinho continue his great run with another cracking effort from outside the box to make it 1-0 for Liveprool. They doubled their lead 5 minute later when a counter attack resulted in Sturridge scored Liverpool’s second of the day. But Southampton came roaring back in second half with goals from Sadio Mane and Pelle completed a 3-2 turnaround leaving Liverpool shell-shocked.
Liverpool took the lead through Coutinho in first half and doubled it minutes later through Sturridge, they had number of chances to add more goals in first half. But Southampton turned things around in second half completely dominated Liverpool.
Sadio Mane started second half with a missed penalty but he made up fro it when scored Southampton first in 64th minute to setup a grand stand finish. Grazioano Pelle scored superb left footer in 84th minute followed Mane’s winner in 85th minute.