Match Pack: Liverpool vs Saints

By SFC Media time Fri 21 Sep Liverpool v Saints

Get set for Southampton's Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield by checking out our in-depth Match Pack, in association with SportPesa...

THE MATCH

Liverpool vs Southampton
Premier League
Anfield
Saturday 22nd September
3pm BST

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Darren Cann, Mick McDonough  
Fourth official: Lee Mason

WHAT’S AT STAKE


Goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino extended Liverpool’s perfect start to the season at Wembley against Tottenham last week.

The Reds have won their first five league matches for the first time since 1990 for a share of top spot with Chelsea.

Jürgen Klopp’s side excelled in their biggest test of campaign so far at Spurs, with a victory that was more convincing than the 2-1 scoreline might have suggested.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18:  Liverpool line up prior to the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield on September 18, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Liverpool line up ahead of Tuesday's Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield.

The same was true of their 3-2 success over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday night, although a late Firmino strike was required to make the points safe after they had let a two-goal lead slip.

For Southampton, the game is a chance to bounce back from the disappointment of Monday’s 2-2 draw with Brighton.

While defeated in both fixtures last season, Saints have more than had the measure of Liverpool in recent years and will hope to match their hosts once more and hope for a degree of European hangover.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Southampton celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with his team mates as Shane Duffy of Brighton and Hove Albion looks dejected during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at St Mary's Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Southampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Southampton celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with his team mates as Shane Duffy of Brighton and Hove Albion looks dejected during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at St Mary's Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Southampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Saints celebrate Pierre-Emile Højbjerg's strike against Brighton on Monday night.

Mark Hughes’s men prevailed over Crystal Palace in their last Premier League away game, while they beat Brighton in the Carabao Cup before that, meaning they are three unbeaten.

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool: Roberto Firmino is fit to start for Liverpool, following the eye injury he sustained against Tottenham last weekend. Former Southampton players Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana both remain sidelined, though.

Southampton: Manolo Gabbiadini is the only fresh injury concern.The Italian will undergo a fitness test to inspect his lower hamstring after picking up a problem in training. One guaranteed absentee from the trip to Anfield will be in-form striker Danny Ings, who is ineligible as part of the initial loan agreement which brought him to the club on deadline day.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  Danny Ings of Southampton celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with Cedric Soares of Southampton and Mohamed Elyounoussi of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at St Mary's Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Southampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Danny Ings;Cedric Soares;Mohamed Elyounoussi
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  Danny Ings of Southampton celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with Cedric Soares of Southampton and Mohamed Elyounoussi of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at St Mary's Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Southampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Top scorer Danny Ings (3) is ineligible for Saturday's match due to the terms of his  initial loan agreement from Liverpool.

FORM GUIDE

Liverpool:

PSG (h) W 3-2 (Sturridge, Milner, Firmino) (UEFA Champions League)
Tottenham (a) W 2-1 (Wijnaldum, Firmino)
Leicester (a) W 2-1 (Mané, Firmino)
Brighton (h) W 1-0 (Salah)
Crystal Palace (a) W 2-0 (Milner, Mané)

Southampton:

Brighton (h) D 2-2 (Højbjerg, Ings)
Crystal Palace (a) W 2-0 (Ings, Højbjerg)
Brighton (a) W 1-0 (Austin) (Carabao Cup)
Leicester (h) L 1-2 (Bertrand)
Everton (a) L 1-2 (Ings)

THE MANAGERS

Jürgen Klopp: “The mood in the team is good. If I see somebody who has lost focus I would be really angry about that. Thankfully so far nobody has given me the chance to do so. Our job is to show Southampton how difficult it is to come to Anfield."

Mark Hughes: “The importance from our point of view is that, in my view, we’re playing ok. We’re on the back of three games unbeaten so if you’re going to go to Anfield you need to go with confidence in what you’re trying to do.

“That’s what we’ll try and show on the day. It’s important that we continue to progress and keep building our own performances – if we do that then we’ll be fine.”

 

TOP PERFORMERS

An eye injury sustained during victory over Tottenham threatened to sideline Roberto Firmino for his team’s European bow against PSG. Instead, the effervescent Brazilian emerged from the bench to score the winner, his third goal in as many games.

The Reds are yet to hit the thrilling attacking heights of last season so far this term, but Firmino’s clinical intervention on Tuesday night demonstrated that his nose for goal remains as strong as ever.

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (L) celebrates after scoring their second goal with Liverpool's English defender Trent Alexander-Arnold during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in London, on September 15, 2018. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /         (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Brazilian Firmino has scored in each of his last three appearances in all competitions.

Saints’ Pierre-Emile Højbjerg meanwhile is in the midst of a scoring streak of his own.

The Dane’s stunning drive against Brighton on Monday was his second goal in successive games and will surely feature in a host of September goal of the month competitions.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (right) of Southampton FC  scores during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at St Mary's Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Bridle - Southampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg smashes in his second goal in as many Premier League appearances.

It was an effort that rewarded two improved all-round performances from the midfielder, whose physical presence and energy alongside Mario Lemina will be needed more than ever at Anfield this weekend.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

This will be the 86th competitive contest between the clubs, and, while Liverpool have historically dominated the fixture, Saints fans will head to Anfield with Shane Long’s EFL Cup semi-final winner firmly in their memories…


All-time record:

Played:
86
Liverpool: 41
Draws: 21
Southampton: 24

Previous five meetings:

February 2018: Southampton 0-2 Liverpool
November 2017: Liverpool 3-0 Southampton
May 2017: Liverpool 0-0 Southampton
January 2017: Liverpool 0-1 Southampton (Long)
January 2017: Southampton 1-0 Liverpool (Redmond)

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