Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield in their final game before the World Cup, and television coverage is available for those in the United States.
Jürgen Klopp has lived through a difficult period as Liverpool coach in 2022/23. The Reds haven’t been able to produce their best football. Furthermore, injuries have hit at the wrong time.
Southampton, though, provide an interesting challenge. The Saints have been awful this season. Having just one win in nine games, the club has acted. Ralph Hasenhüttl was sacked on Monday.
His replacement is Nathan Jones.
Liverpool have just 19 points from 13 Premier League games. They sit way off the pace in the title race and are in eighth place.
Conversely, Saints are seven points behind in 18th place. They are in a relegation battle and need points quickly.
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Comparing Liverpool and Southampton’s recent form
Liverpool have been able to play well in spurts this term. Consistency has been lacking.
Moments of high quality have arrived in victories over Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. Although, defeats to Nottingham Forest and Leeds United have been symptomatic of their struggles.
If we look at the Reds’ last five Premier League matches, there is a pattern of inconsistency. Whilst the Merseyside club have won three of their last five, there have also been two defeats.
The fact both of those defeats came against relegation candidates in Forest and Leeds should give Southampton hope.
In contrast, Southampton’s recent form has been filled with surprising results. In truth they have only lost two of their last five, with defeats against Newcastle United and Crystal Palace.
Draws against West Ham United and Arsenal were totally unexpected, whilst they got a 1-0 win over Bournemouth.
Liverpool’s injury list is substantial in the talent it holds. Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Naby Keita are all absent with long-term ailments.
Diaz did begin running again this week, but is nowhere near ready for a return to action.
Arthur Melo is also out after undergoing surgery, but he has virtually been a non-existent presence since arriving at Liverpool on loan.
Injuries haven’t been a huge factor in Southampton’s season to date. Tino Livramento has missed the entire campaign so far with an ACL rupture. This has severely weakened the team’s defense. Aside from this, Saints head to Anfield with a full squad.
Liverpool’s predicted starting XI (4-3-3): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Thiago, Henderson, Fabinho, Salah, Elliott, Darwin Nunez
Southampton’s predicted starting XI (4-2-3-1): Bazunu, Walker-Peters, Kotchap, Salisu, Perraud, Ward-Prowse, Maitland-Niles, Armstrong, Adams, Elyounoussi, Walcott
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