Southampton vs. Liverpool
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 3pm (BST)
St Mary’s Stadium
Referee: Andre Marriner
Jurgen Klopp‘s men won another trophy in midweek – it’s becoming a nice little habit, isn’t it?
The match against Chelsea didn’t necessarily pan out as the manager will have hoped, however, with extra-time and penalties required to beat the Blues.
It left Liverpool with just two-and-a-half days to prepare for this weekend’s clash with Southampton, which is a far from ideal scenario.
The Reds will be looking for back-to-back wins to start their Premier League campaign, but potential fatigue could make this a sticky assignment.
Saints showed last season that St Mary’s can be an awkward place to go and if Klopp’s men aren’t fully engaged they could slip up.
On paper, Liverpool are still easily the superior team, so they should be good enough to return home with six points from two matches.
It might be a bit of a slog, though.
Adrian is a major doubt with an ankle injury having ludicrously been hurt by a Liverpool fan during the post-match Super Cup celebrations.
It means Andy Longeran may have to deputise, in what is in danger of becoming a genuine goalkeeping crisis at Anfield.
Fabinho got through a huge amount of running in the Super Cup – he was suffering from cramp in both legs during extra-time – so it wouldn’t be a great surprise to see him rested at St Mary’s.
Southampton have no new injury problems and a week-long break means they are refreshed – and Ralph Hasenhuttl will no doubt demand a response from his players following last weekend’s surprise 3-0 defeat away to Burnley.
Last 5 Away to Southampton (All Competitions)
Won 3-1 – April 2019 (Long; Keita, Salah, Henderson)
Won 2-0 – February 2018 (Firmino, Salah)
Lost 1-0 – January 2017 (Redmond)
Drew 0-0 – November 2016
Lost 3-2 – March 2016 (Mane x2, Pelle; Coutinho, Sturridge)
St Mary’s Stadium
Away fans’ pubs: Yates. It’s about halfway between the station and the stadium.
One piece of advice for visiting fan: Get the train. The station is a 30-minute walk from the stadium and there are plenty of pubs on the way.
Did You Know?
Despite Southampton feeling like something of a bogey side for Liverpool, the Reds are unbeaten in five meetings against them, winning the last four.
Klopp’s team did the double last season, cruising to a 3-0 win at Anfield in September before a dramatic 3-1 victory at St Mary’s kept their Premier League title dream alive.
In 2017/18, Liverpool again beat Saints twice: 3-0 at home and 2-0 away, including a stunning one-two between Firmino and Salah in the latter.
The last time the south coast club took points off the Reds was in May 2017, when Milner’s missed penalty proved costly in a 0-0 draw at Anfield.
Speaking in his press conference on Friday, Klopp played down any concerns surrounding Liverpool’s defending so far this season:
“If you compare us to August last year, it’s not that big a difference.
“The thing is Chelsea had a lot of finishes that were offside but there were no whistles, so then you see that it was two or three yards offside and so that means it’s good defending.
“We know that we have to improve a couple of things, but those things will come together the longer we are together and get used to it again. We have to find our best path.
“Especially early in the season we have to find a way to win the games and that is all that we have to do.”
TV & Liveblog Info
Southampton vs. Liverpool is not live on UK television, due to it being a Saturday 3pm kick-off.
Do not fear, though, because Henry Jackson is in charge of This is Anfield’s matchday liveblog, keeping you entertained from 2.15pm and providing minute-by-minute updates.