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- Each of Liverpool’s last nine league matches produced under 3.5 goals
- Southampton have lost eight of their last nine Premier League away games.
- Liverpool have notched one or fewer goals in nine of their last 12 Premier League assignments.
- Southampton have failed to score in five of their last nine away fixtures.
Win crucial for Liverpool
Liverpool will have enjoyed a whopping 14-days’ rest by the time their clash with Southampton rolls around on Saturday and the well-rested Reds can harness their extra energy to beat the Saints at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s men could officially lose their Premier League crown this weekend, though Liverpool have long felt like the dethroned champions during their meek title defence.
A top-four finish would allow the Merseysiders to salvage something from an otherwise dismal campaign however, and a victory against Southampton would keep them right in the mix.
Saints show spirit
Southampton displayed impressive resilience to dig out a point at home to Leicester in their last outing, despite playing with ten men for 80 minutes at St. Mary’s Stadium following Jannick Vestergaard’s early sending off.
The red card was later rescinded following an appeal, meaning Vestergaard will be free to feature at Anfield. Former Liverpool man Danny Ings and current Reds loanee Takumi Minamino won’t be available to play however, while Ryan Bertrand and Oriol Romeu are also expected to miss out.
Goals markets hold interest
Remarkably, Liverpool have notched one or fewer goals in nine of their last 12 Premier League assignments, and the misfiring Reds have been missing plenty of chances of late.
Aside from Golden Boot contender Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s forwards all look low on confidence, and while the hosts still possess enough quality to see off a depleted Saints side on Saturday, bettors shouldn’t expect a high-scoring encounter.
Each of Liverpool’s last nine league matches produced under 3.5 goals and we recommend sticking to the same market this weekend, while our 2-0 correct score prediction tips Jurgen Klopp’s charges to keep a clean sheet against a Southampton team shorn of some of their key players.
Liverpool injuries and team news
Long-term absentees Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson are Liverpool’s only injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s game.
Southampton injuries and team news
Southampton are set ot be without Oriol Romeu, Ryan Bertrand, Danny Ings and Takumi Minamino for varying reasons this weekend. Jannick Vestergaard is available however, after his red card was rescinded..