Kick-off: 2000, 04/01/2021
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
After dropping points in their last couple of Premier League matches, Liverpool will be desperate to avoid another slip-up at Southampton.
The good news for the Reds is that they have won six straight encounters with Saints, who go into Monday night’s match looking a bit out of sorts themselves.
With the hosts having drawn a blank up front in four of those past meetings, we like 21/10 for an away win to nil as our first Southampton vs Liverpool prediction.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton seemed to miss the inspiration of self-isolating manager Ralph Hasenhuttl when drawing 0-0 with West Ham at this venue on Tuesday night.
That drab affair followed a goalless stalemate at Fulham on Boxing Day and a 1-0 home loss to Manchester City before Christmas.
“The link that is missing at the moment is the final punch in the final third,” admitted Hasenhuttl.
“It’s not so easy for us to score at the moment but the most important thing is that we are still compact and we still are much more stable against the ball.”
Saints played some lovely football during a run of seven wins in 10 games between late September and mid-December, but just appear to have lost their rhythm at present.
Looking at the Southampton vs Liverpool odds, our attention is drawn to 17/2 for a 2-0 away victory.
Last Southampton line-up: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Bertrand, Stephens, Bednarek, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Djenepo, Ings, Adams, Walcott.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Following a lacklustre 1-1 draw with West Brom at Anfield, Liverpool came up against an inspired Newcastle keeper on Tyneside in midweek.
Roberto Firmino had a couple fine headers kept out by Karl Darlow, while Mohamed Salah couldn’t convert either of his two chances when one-on-one with the Magpies shot-stopper.
Fabian Schar bravely prevented Sadio Mane from tapping in another opportunity, as the Reds failed to capitalise on having 73 per cent of possession.
However, Jurgen Klopp was keen to remain upbeat, with his side still starting the new year on top of the table.
“I’m not happy about the result, but I’m not overly frustrated,” said Klopp. “It’s football and if you don’t use your chances then it’s difficult to win a game.
“But you can have a draw with a bad performance or a draw with a good performance, and tonight was a draw with a good performance.
“We just didn’t use the chances and that’s why I am OK with the game.”
He added: “If you keep creating, you will score. I know we will score again, that’s how it is. It’s not a problem in the moment.”
Saints have been beaten at home by both Manchester clubs and Tottenham this term, so Liverpool are also fancied to prove a cut above.
Salah has scored seven goals in the last six meetings between these teams, so let’s take 13/5 for him to break the deadlock as our final Southampton vs Liverpool prediction.
Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Robertson, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Milner, Henderson, Jones, Firmino, Mane, Salah.
SOUTHAMPTON 0-0 West Ham
Newcastle 0-0 LIVERPOOL
Head-to-head: Liverpool 4-0 Southampton, Southampton 1-2 Liverpool, Southampton 1-3 Liverpool, Liverpool 3-0 Southampton
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