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Liverpool aiming to build winning form against managerless Southampton
Liverpool to win 2-0
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, AnfieldBet Now
Liverpool put some of their demons to bed last weekend, when they impressively claimed victory over Antonio Conte’s Tottenham.
It was a result needed to boost Liverpool’s league position but also their confidence, with much being made of their mixed start to the season.
That win still leaves them in 8th, with much improvement needed, but the idea is that they can use that result as a springboard to pull together a string of good form.
Southampton finally made the decision to pull the trigger and put Ralph Hasenhuttl out of his misery. The Saints’ form has been poor for the past couple of seasons, but they now sit inside the bottom three.
The rumours are that Luton’s Nathan Jones will take charge of the Saints on a permanent basis going forward, but whether he’ll be installed before this match is not certain.
They will need a big performance to stop Liverpool earning consecutive victories.
Reasons to be cheerful:
Impressive win over Spurs will have boosted confidence
Won all but nine of their last 10 against Southampton
Reasons to be fearful:
News about the club’s ownership cause unsettle the team
Haven’t shown consistency so far this season
Liverpool had some big news of their own to deliver this week, that their owners have put the club up for sale and will now look for prospective buyers.
This reflects the growth of the Liverpool brand around the world, and the current owners will now look to cash in.
The Fenway Sports Group purchased the club for about £300m 10 years ago. They could now sell it for up to 10 times that amount, showing their motivation for selling up.
The team must ensure that this does not affect them while this rumbles on. Liverpool’s form has been patchy this season and they must work hard to build a winning run of form to get into the top four.
In their midweek Carabao Cup tie against Derby County, Jurgen Klopp rested his regular starting XI, meaning that they should be fresh here.
Star Man – Mo Salah
His two goals against Tottenham were sublime. We saw the very best of Salah last weekend and he will look to kick on here, especially as his nation have not qualified for the World Cup and he will have a month’s break.
Reasons to be cheerful
New manager could boost performance levels
Have had a habit of big wins over recent season
Reasons to be fearful
Players’ confidence may dip being in the bottom three
Dreadful record against Liverpool over the years
Southampton will begin life under a new manager, most likely Nathan Jones, this weekend after an up and down spell under Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Some fans may consider the sacking of Hasenhuttl to have come later than desired, with poor results dotted throughout his reign at the club. He oversaw two 9-0 defeats during his tenure.
Now, with the club in the bottom three, a drastic decision was needed. Nathan Jones will hope that he can get more out of the players than his predecessor.
His first task will be to improve the flow of goals – only Wolves and Everton have scored fewer this season. They have some talented players in that Saints squad, they just need to be organised better.
It’ll be tough against this Liverpool team.
Star Man – James Ward-Prowse
In a game where you may get very few opportunities from open play, set pieces become even more important. Ward-Prowse is a specialist in this department and could help spring a surprise on Liverpool.
Liverpool’s intensity will see them dominate the game
Salah to score or assist
Saints must score first to avoid defeat
For much of this season, we have been expecting Liverpool to really kick into gear and show their full potential.
Although they have won consecutive games this season, they haven’t put a run of form together that would take them up into the top four.
If they can follow up a big win over Spurs with another here, it could set them up for a big run when the Premier League returns after the World Cup.
Southampton will look for a new manager boost under Nathan Jones, but that may be hard to find against Liverpool.
Liverpool to win 2-0
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