Place: Liverpool. Anfield Road.
Date: on the 22nd of September, 2018 (Saturday)
Match start: 15:00 (GMT+1)
Having won five matches at the beginning of the season, the Reds have begun also the Champions League successfully. Despite the minimum advantage in score, the hosts almost completely controlled the match course with PSG (3:2) and the second missed goal wasno more than transient craziness of Mohamed Salah who has given a ball to the rival in the center of the field.
Wingbacks Robertson and Alexander-Arnold were one of the best players in the field on Tuesday. The first was reliably protecting Mbappe though he by unfortunate accident was involved in both goal attacks of the rival. The second was breaking out the majority of the attacks by the right flank and he is not guilty that Egyptian “Pharaoh” was not playing well that evening.
Only in the fourth round Liverpool has missed the first goal and that happened after a ridiculous mistake of Alisson. In a match against Tottenham (2:1) in last round the Reds have missed a goal from Lamela on last minutes.
The football players of Mark Hughes have gained five points in five rounds but four of them have been gathered in two last matches which were the most productive for the Saints.
The majority of the players of the first line have played an outstanding match against Brighton (2:2) but they are not guilty that the defense has made several mistakes. When the score was 2: 0, 25 minutes prior to a final whistle representatives of a redoubt have managed to create problems to all their team that has led to the loss of scores. All four shots on target made by the Seagulls have been made after a break that clearly demonstrates the problems with fatigue resistance of the hosts.
The vast majority of the attacks of Southampton (44%) occur in the left wing where the future rival Trent joins the attack acts.
A short time ago the Saints were evil geniuses of the Reds without defeats from them for last five meetings from March, 2016 till May, 2017. Then Klopp’s team has broken unpleasant tradition and has twice won over the rival in last season (3:0 and 2:0).
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Liverpool vs. Southampton
Liverpool to win – 1.24
Draw – 7.30
Southampton – 14.50
For sure, after the Champions League Klopp will use definite rotation. We doubt that this will affect wingbacks, who are really very strong. Salah’s desire to rehabilitate himself for a match on Tuesday can do much harm in defense where the speed of the Egyptian only disturbs. So we believe in the bet “both teams to score” for the Liverpool 4th round in the row.