Kick-off: 2015, 08/05/2021
TV: Sky Sports
Southampton upset Liverpool at St Mary’s Stadium in early January but have not enjoyed travelling to Anfield for Premier League matches in recent years.
Saints were stuffed 4-0 at this venue last season, following a couple of 3-0 defeats, with Mohamed Salah scoring half of his side’s 10 goals in those games.
We’re going with 20/23 for the Reds to prevail by more than one clear goal again here as our first Liverpool vs Southampton prediction.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Liverpool had a surprise weekend off after their clash with Manchester United was postponed at short notice due to Old Trafford protests.
That means Jurgen Klopp will have had more chance to work on his side’s confidence in front of goal following some costly missed chances in a trio of draws.
A goalless stalemate with Real Madrid here saw the Reds crash out of the Champions League and they are struggling to qualify for that tournament again next term.
After only sharing the spoils with Leeds and Newcastle, last season’s title winners fell seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Reflecting on the two domestic draws, Klopp commented: “We had 36 chances and scored twice, that is obviously not a number you want.
“There are two things: we don’t score often enough but we create a decent number and that’s what we have to keep doing.
“We tried to help the boys. Not shouting at them ‘How can you not score in this situation?’, just giving them different options in the moment, helping them with the right information.”
A bright start would be the perfect tonic and Liverpool’s best period on home turf has been the middle third of the first half, enjoying a 5-2 advantage in that section.
Looking at the Liverpool vs Southampton odds, we like 9/4 for the Reds to outscore Saints between 15:01 and 30:00 minutes.
Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Kabak, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Jota, Firmino, Mane, Salah.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton showed plenty of spirit when ending a run of three straight league and cup defeats by drawing 1-1 with Leicester at St Mary’s.
Saints were reduced to 10 men early on following the controversial dismissal of Jannik Vestergaard but battled on and actually led through a James Ward-Prowse penalty on 61 minutes.
Jonny Evans headed the Foxes level not long after but Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side hung on bravely for a point.
The Austrian coach commented: “Not delighted with the red card decision but very delighted with the performance from my fighting side.
“It was an important signal that we can defend better than we have in the past when we were one man down. It was a brave performance.”
However, Leicester really should have made more of 71 per cent possession, 23 attempts on goal and a 10-0 advantage in corners taken.
We’re hoping the Reds prove more clinical and 8/1 for a 3-0 home victory is added to our Liverpool vs Southampton betting tips.
Last Saints line-up: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Vestergaard, Stephens, Bednarek, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Armstrong, Minamino, Adams, Tella.
LIVERPOOL 1-1 Newcastle – Mohamed Salah
SOUTHAMPTON 1-1 Leicester – James Ward-Prowse (pen)
Head-to-head: Southampton 1-0 Liverpool, Liverpool 4-0 Southampton, Southampton 1-2 Liverpool, Southampton 1-3 Liverpool, Liverpool 3-0 Southampton
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