Liverpool welcome Mark Hughes’ Southampton side to Anfield on Saturday afternoon hoping to make it six league wins from six.
Despite only winning 2-1 last week against Tottenham, the Reds dominated for the majority of the ninety and the reality is that they probably could have scored four or five.
Jurgen Klopp’s side had another boost on Tuesday night after a late goal from Roberto Firmino saw them defeat Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League group stages.
As for this weekend’s opposition, the Saints have only won one of their opening games which came against Crystal Palace in their previous away fixture.
Southampton have already lost five points from winning positions this season, with two of them coming on Monday night when they collapsed from 2-0 up to end up drawing with Brighton & Hove Albion.
The visitors look set to travel with a fully fit squad, however Danny Ings is ineligible to play against his parent club. It could prove to be a big miss as the ex-Red has scored three times already this season since joining on loan.
Predicted Liverpool line-up
Following his horrific error against Leicester City, Alisson showed absolutely no signs of nervousness against Spurs. There was a moment in the first-half when the Brazilian had the ball at his feet under pressure and he simply just passed it out for a throw-in, which suggests he’s more than learnt from his previous mistake. He was rarely tested throughout and had absolutely no chance with Spurs’ consolation.
For me this was Trent Alexander-Arnold’s best performance of the season. There were spells throughout when he came under pressure but the youngster dealt with almost everything that came his way.
The central partnership of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk just keeps going from strength to strength. The duo rarely let anything past them and if they did, they got back so quickly to extinguish any threat.
Have there been many more bargains in world football than the £8m Liverpool paid to sign Andy Robertson? The Scot was just as exceptional as ever and was a constant threat down that left-hand side.
After fifty-eight Premier League away games, Gini Wijnaldum finally managed to brake his extraordinary record with a first-half header. Aside from the goal, the Dutchman was simply brilliant. He protected the back four so well and distributed the ball effortlessly.
James Milner was my man of the match in the game against Spurs, and he’s probably my player of the season so far too. The energetic midfielder combined his non-stop running with his technical ability to help the Reds dominate the midfield.
Naby Keita was a lot quieter than Milner, however the Guinean was still useful as he adjusts to the pace of the Premier League. For me, he has to start ahead of Jordan Henderson.
Could he really be a one season wonder? It’s far too soon to suggest it so far but Mohamed Salah was once again far from his best at Wembley. The Egyptian did look a threat on the break but his final pass was poor and nothing seems to be falling for him at the moment.
If Salah’s final pass was poor, then Sadio Mane’s final ball was abysmal. Mane was a lot more effective than his teammate though and looked much more of a threat when going forward.
Roberto Firmino was by far the best of three and he terrified Mauricio Pochettino’s backline until the moment he came off. Firmino showed his instinctive ability when scoring Liverpool’s second goal which also proved to be the winner. Let’s just hope the Brazilian is fit to start.
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Despite sitting just three points above the relegation zone, the Saints have the joint fifth highest defensive record in the league this season.
Unfortunately for them though, Jurgen Klopp’s side have the best record in the league having conceded only two goals. So far this campaign we’ve seen that even though the Reds haven’t been at their best, they still have the ability to dominate games and come out with the three points.
The key for the home side here will be getting off to a good start to force the opposition up the pitch and out of their deep block set up. James Milner and Naby Keita will be pivotal in breaking the two lines and supplying the ball to the front three.
I personally think if Mo Salah disappoints once again in this game, then Xherdan Shaqiri should come into the starting eleven as a warning sign that there is capable depth if you don’t play well enough. Hopefully that’s not the case though.
When coming out from the back, Southampton do have players who can break with pace, such as Nathan Redmond and Mohamed Elyounoussi. which is something Liverpool may have to be wary of.
Liverpool 3-0 Southampton