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Liverpool vs Southampton: Match preview, team news and probable line-ups

After their horror show against Tottenham last month, Liverpool have bounced back well but they must not now allow the international break to ruin their momentum.

The Reds are on a three-game winning streak in all competitions, while they sit just three points adrift of the top four in the Premier League ahead of the meeting with Southampton at Anfield on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp has a poor record against the Saints having failed to beat them in four league meetings since arriving on Merseyside, but with key players returning from injury, he’ll be in confident mood that his side can claim all three points.

As for the visitors, it’s been a bit of a struggle for them so far this season, as they sit in 13th place in the table with just three wins in 11 games.

In turn, a surprise win away from home against Liverpool couldn’t come at a better time for them, but they could have their work cut out depending on the line-up that Klopp puts out.

Team news

Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana are expected to recover from various injury problems, as reported by BBC Sport, but Klopp has suffered a scare with reports that Joel Matip could miss out with a thigh problem.

As for Southampton, midfielder Mario Lemina will be a costly absentee while Jeremy Pied is also out.

Probable line-ups

Liverpool: Mignolet; Gomez, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno; Can, Henderson, Coutinho; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Southampton: Forster, Soares, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu; Boufal, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Redmond; Gabbiadini.

Prediction

Liverpool 2-0 Southampton. The defence will be a concern for the hosts if Matip is ruled out, but with Klopp able to call upon so many quality attacking options at home, expect them to seal a comfortable win.

The Reds have scored 21 goals in 11 games, but Southampton haven’t been easy to breakdown, conceding just 11 goals in 11 outings. In turn, it will be a tough challenge for Liverpool but they’ll find a way to keep their winning run going with the creative quality of Coutinho, Salah, Mane and Firmino in the final third proving too much.

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