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What Trueform says for Liverpool vs Southampton
Liverpool have made a superb start to the new season, but Southampton are also now in good spirits and could be competitive at Anfield, according to our Trueform ratings.
The Saints are showing more enterprise going forward this term and have netted in five straight Premier League and EFL Cup fixtures.
With the Reds coming off a tiring midweek clash with PSG and still suffering from a few defensive lapses, 21/20 for both teams to score is our first Liverpool vs Southampton prediction.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Liverpool maintained their 100 per cent domestic record with back-to-back 2-1 triumphs at Leicester and Tottenham either side of the international break.
Jurgen Klopp’s side then enjoyed another memorable Champions League night on Tuesday when edging out PSG 3-2 thanks to Roberto Firmino’s stoppage-time strike.
Explaining such a consistent run of positive results, the manager said: “We look now much more tuned than it maybe was in the past.
“We played a midfield who played a lot of times last season together, that was the reason for that performance.”
However, the Reds were guilty of giving the ball away in dangerous positions, with Mohamed Salah’s wayward pass punished for PSG’s 83rd-minute leveller.
Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Sturridge.
Firmino is fit to start after only being a substitute for the victory over PSG because of an eye injury sustained against Tottenham last weekend.
Fellow forward Dominic Solanke is back after concussion, Divock Origi (ankle) is set to return to training on Sunday, while defender Dejan Lovren (hip) has rejoined the squad but will not feature against Saints.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton were slow to get going this term but there was a lot to like about a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace and they should have beaten Brighton on Monday night.
Saints took control through Pierre Hojbjerg’s long-range effort and a penalty from Danny Ings, but eventually had to settle for a 2-2 draw.
“We’ll pick ourselves up and go again,” commented Mark Hughes. “We take positives from a lot of the good play we’ve produced but it’s just that ability to see the game out that we need to add to our game.
“Once we do that then I think everybody can see we’re quite an accomplished side at this level.”
We agree with that assessment and reckon 5/4 for the visitors with two goals start could be a shrewd option to finish off our Liverpool vs Southampton betting tips.
Last Southampton line-up: McCarthy, Soares, Vestergaard, Hoedt, Bertrand, Elyounoussi, Lemina, Redmond, Hojbjerg, Long, Ings.
Southampton must do without on-loan forward Ings, who has scored three times this season but is ineligible for the match at Anfield under the terms of his season-long switch from the Reds.
Forward Manolo Gabbiadini faces a late fitness test on a hamstring problem picked up in training.
LIVERPOOL 3-2 PSG – Daniel Sturridge, James Milner (pen), Roberto Firmino
SOUTHAMPTON 2-2 Brighton – Pierre Hojbjerg, Danny Ings (pen)
Head-to-head: Southampton 0-2 Liverpool, Liverpool 3-0 Southampton, Liverpool 0-0 Southampton, Liverpool 0-1 Southampton, Southampton 1-0 Liverpool, Southampton 0-0 Liverpool
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