Five questions that should be answered by Sunday afternoon’s match.
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Liverpool host Southampton on Sunday afternoon, with Brendan Rodgers’ side looking to kick off their Premier League season with three points against Ronald Koeman’s men.
The two clubs have had something of an entangled summer, with Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren all having made the move from St. Mary’s to Anfield, something which adds extra spice to the match-up.
The first game of the season for a team is always intriguing, but these five questions in particular should be answered by this clash:
Can Dejan Lovren steady the defensive ship for Liverpool?
Liverpool’s big defensive signing this summer came from Southampton, in the shape of Croatian international centre back Dejan Lovren, and Sunday’s match will be the first chance to see whether the former Lyon man will have the desire galvanising effect on a defence that struggled last season. It will also be interesting to see whether Brendan Rodgers partners him with Martin Skrtel or Mamadou Sakho.