Liverpool’s Premier League ambitions for the season took a slight knock at Swansea last time out, but on their return to fortress Anfield against Southampton Brendan Rodgers can keep his side ahead of the pack with crack goal-getter Daniel Sturridge the first goalscorer in a 2-1 win at 18/1.
The top flight leaders – 11/20 to take maximum points – are unbeaten at home in their last eight league matches stretching back to last February and have won both of their league games on Merseyside this season by a single goal.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Saints are 19/4 to bank their first three points in front of the Kop for a decade, with the draw at 3/1.
Former Chelsea and Man City striker Sturridge has scored his team’s first goal in each of the four league games they have played this season.
All of those goals were scored within the first 40 minutes of action and his last two strikes against Man Utd and Swansea were both bagged on the four-minute mark.
Luis Suarez’s imminent comeback is set to take some of the limelight off the England man, but Sturridge can imprint himself further on the minds of the Anfield faithful with another fine performance.
Nonetheless, the Saints’ Argentinean boss will have seen enough from his team this season to travel north in expectation of challenging for at least a point.
Against West Ham at St Mary’s, Irons keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen was the clear man of the match and kept new Saints signing Dani Osvaldo and England striker Rickie Lambert – amongst others – from claiming the goals their efforts deserved.
Lambert was particularly lively during the 0-0 draw, with one of his four attempts at beating Jaaskelainen rattling the bar.
The Liverpool native can bag his second goal in a red and white shirt this season, but it may only be a consolation with quickfire Sturridge around.