Luton Town manager Nathan Jones during the Sky Bet Championship match at Turf Moor, Burnley. Picture date: Saturday August 6, 2022. Tim Markland/PA Wire/PA Images

Southampton name new manager 2 days before Anfield visit

While Liverpool will look to avoid it, Southampton will be hoping for a new manager bounce when they arrive at Anfield on Saturday after confirming the appointment of Nathan Jones.

The Saints currently sit inside the bottom three in the Premier League after a run of five defeats and two draws in their last eight matches.

Southampton‘s hierarchy reached their breaking point with Ralph Hasenhuttl following last weekend’s 4-1 defeat to Newcastle, dismissing the Austrian after nearly four years in charge.

He became the fifth top-flight manager in England to be sacked this season, following on from Scott Parker, Thomas Tuchel, Bruno Lage and Steven Gerrard.

And it did not take long for his replacement to be announced, with Luton’s Jones now taking the helm.

Jones left Luton in ninth place in the Championship, during his second spell in charge of the Hatters.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 17, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Ralph Hassenhutl before the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Southampton is his first foray in the Premier League after time in League Two, League One and the Championship with stints at Stoke, Luton and briefly as caretaker manager at Brighton back in 2014.

His first task is no easy feat but Jones will, no doubt, take encouragement from Roberto De Zerbi earning a draw at Anfield in his first match with Brighton earlier this season.

It is Liverpool’s job to make sure a similar script is avoided in what is the final game before the World Cup break.

Jurgen Klopp and his team will have a job on their hands to analyse Jones’ basic philosophy, which is physical and fast-paced, but he’s not afraid of keeping things tight and that may be the case on Saturday.

In the seven games against Hasenhuttl’s Southampton, dating back to 2019, Klopp’s side were the victors on six occasions.