Southampton's £15m man will need to come good at Liverpool today

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Pablo 'Dani' Osvaldo has been OK so far but hardly justified his price-tag - today he will have no choice.

Southampton spent plenty of cash this summer and while the most important deal was probably the arrival of Dejan Lovren from Lyon the most eye-catching was that of Pablo Daniel ‘Dani’ Osvaldo for a club record £15 million.

The Argentine born Italian international had finished top goalscorer for AS Roma in 2012-13 - but had also finished the campaign as probably the fans least favourite player after events took a turn for the worse after a Coppa Italia final with bitter rivals Lazio.

This weekend the Roman derby will be reignited at the Stadio Olimpico, while Southampton fans will want to finally see Osvaldo ignite to the tune of club record proportions.

The clubs fans are still waiting for a first goal from Osvaldo in Southampton colours - but saw enough on Sunday against West Ham United to realise his talent.

Were it not for an excellent save from Jussi Jaaskelainen we would not even be having this discussion - the sprawling Finn keeping out what seemed a certain goal for the fiery forward.

But while the goal failed to materialise, there was little doubt that his performance will have given the fans plenty to be excited about.

He demonstrated the occasionally excellent poise and guile that has earned him his mercurial reputation - as well as an ability to think outside of the box with the odd flick and trick that would usually work, but Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez were not yet accustomed to.

His partnership with Rickie Lambert also seemed to be adapting into something more wholesome then both players trying to simply do their own thing.

And this weekend gives Osvaldo his best chance to highlight his quality, as The Saints are certainly up against top opposition today.

Liverpool is the destination and this is a chance for Mauricio Pochettino to once again highlight his ability to set up his team perfectly against the bigger opposition.

Key to that on this occasion is using Osvaldo in the correct way, without taking away from the talents of Lallana, Rodriguez and co.

In all likelihood Osvaldo will play from the right again, with Rodriguez wide left - which is certainly not his best position.

If they are to insist with playing him on a flank it should be left, so that Lallana and Luke Shaw can supplement his presence when he drifts in to link up with Lambert up top.

One thing for sure is that Southampton fans would love to see him score today, as Southampton aim to go one better than they did on Merseyside last season.

And how Osvaldo is used will be key.

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