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Southampton vs Liverpool
Saturday 17th August, 3pm BST
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Simon Long
Fourth official: John Brooks
VAR: Craig Pawson
Assistant VAR: Richard West
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Saints go into their first home game of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign looking to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat to Burnley last weekend.
After analysing that performance on what was meant to be a day off, Ralph Hasenhüttl then shifted the focus immediately to the challenge of taking on Liverpool during an intense week of work.
The visitors arrive on the back of a midweek UEFA Super Cup success in Istanbul, after overcoming Chelsea in a penalty shootout following a 2-2 draw in normal time.
Jurgen Klopp’s men made a powerful start in the Premier League, with a 4-1 victory over Norwich City last Friday at Anfield.
Southampton have no injury concerns heading into this game, with new signing Kevin Danso having trained with the squad during this week.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Naby Keita will not be available for Saturday’s clash as he is still recovering from a muscle problem that he suffered against Chelsea.
There is also doubt as to whether goalkeeper Adrian will be fit in time, after he was injured by a fan during the Super Cup final celebrations in a freak accident.
Pre-season results included
Burnley (a) L 3-0
FC Köln (h) W 2-0 (Ings pen, Højbjerg)
Feyenoord (a) W 3-1 (Adams, Yoshida, Boufal)
Guangzhou R&F (n) W 4-0 (Adams, Long, Valery, Klarer)
Preston (a) W 3-1 (Ings 2, Vokins)
Chelsea (n) D 2-2 (won 5-4 on pens)
Norwich City (h) W 4-1
Manchester City (n) D 1-1 (lost 5-4 on pens)
Lyon (n) W 3-1
Napoli (n) L 3-0
Ralph Hasenhüttl: "It's been an interesting, intense week. We had good sessions and also a few other things we have to speak about. We took the time to prepare in a good way I hope, but then we must show this.
"Like always against these big teams, we must not give them too many chances, because they have so much quality they don't need a lot to score. And, finally, to focus on the moments when we have the ball, and when we win the ball what we do there, and know that we also have the quality to score against Liverpool.
"We showed that last season, so it's about giving a really, really good performance. A good, committed performance, defensively well-organised and offensively with the right decisions in the right moments."
Jurgen Klopp: “Southampton is a really strong side, with a very specific style of play.
“We had enough time to analyse them, it’s just that we had to do it immediately after coming back from the other game. We saw two pre-season games and the game against Burnley so we have all the information we need. They didn’t play as bad as the 3-0 looks and they will be full of desire and confidence.
“Last year it was a difficult game for us there. We went 1-0 down early and had to stay calm.
“Last year made our analysing a little bit tricky because they played differently against all the other teams to how they played against us and we don’t know 100% what they will do, so we have to be prepared for both.”
ONE TO WATCH
Ché Adams: After hitting three goals in four pre-season games, the 23-year-old striker will be keen to get off the mark in the Premier League.
Last week, his pace and power caused problems for Burnley and he almost got on the scoresheet just minutes in, when he stretched to meet Yan Valery’s right-wing cross.
With Liverpool next up in front of a sell-out home crowd, it would be the perfect way to get and running.
Divock Origi: While there is a plethora of attacking quality to be wary of, Origi’s turned in another influential performance last week against Norwich City.
The Belgian international netted the clincher against Tottenham in the Champions League final last season, and opened up his Premier League campaign with a goal, as well as seeing his well-directed cross turned in by Grant Hanley.
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
April 2019: Saints 1-3 Liverpool (Long)
September 2018: Liverpool 3-0 Saints
February 2018: Saints 0-2 Liverpool
November 2017: Liverpool 3-0 Saints
May 2017: Liverpool 0-0 Saints
DID YOU KNOW?
- This is the third meeting between Ralph Hasenhüttl and Jürgen Klopp in all competitions after last season’s meeting at St Mary’s and Dortmund against vfR Aalen in DFB-Pokal.
- Under Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool have faced Southampton 11 times in all competitions (W5 D3 L3) – against no side has the German lost more often with the Reds than against Saints (also three defeats against Leicester and Swansea).
- Southampton have both scored and conceded in 13 of their last 14 Premier League home games, with the exception being a 2-0 win against Fulham in February.
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