Liverpool vs Southampton: Can Saints break the Reds unbeaten run?

Southampton, find themselves at Anfield this weekend as they look to be the first to beat the eventual league champions, Liverpool.

The season Liverpool are having is just simply increadible. They are 19 points clear at the top of the table and have beaten every Premier League team this season. Now, Southampton are looking to do what no team has managed to do in a very long time and that is to beat Liverpool at home.

Both teams have been in good form as of late so it should be a competitive match as Southampton will not want to shy away from this challenge.

Sadio Mane, for the hosts, will likely miss this match as Stuart Armstrong will be unavailable for the Saints. So with that said let us take a look at how each team could win this match.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 17: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool competes for the ball with Danny Ings of Southampton and James Ward-Prowse of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St Mary’s Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

How Liverpool Will Win

Well really they just need to do what they have been doing all season long. They finish hard chances better than anyone else and can hit you on the counter before you can blink. They also play stout defense, not allowing more than a goal in a premier league match since early December.

If they just play their type of football and do not let the Southampton press throw them out of rhythm they should be able to see this match through.

How Southampton Will Win

The Saints have a big task at hand but it is not impossible. They will just need to play a near perfect match. The key to all of this will be the pressure they put on Liverpool in their third and if they can get the ball off of them and create quick chances and convert.

Liverpool, do seem to give up one or two big chances a match just teams cannot seem to make them ever pay for it so if the Saints can convert those chances they will find themselves in a position to take points from the match.

Defensively, it will be about damage limitation. Unlikely they will be able to keep a clean sheet on this day but if they can keep this high-powered attack to 2 goals or less there is a chance they can get at least a draw from this match.

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Predicted Lineups

Liverpool: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: Alisson

Defenders: Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold

Midfielders: James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita

Forwards: Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah

Southampton: 4-2-2-2

Goalkeeper: Alex McCarthy

Defenders: Yan Valery, Jack Stephens, Jan Bednarek, Ryan Bertrand

Holding Midfielders: James Ward-Prowse, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Attacking Midfielders: Nathan Redmond, Sofiane Boufal

Forwards: Shane Long, Danny Ings

Predicted Score

Liverpool 3-1 Southampton

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