Southampton host Liverpool at St. Mary’s on Saturday after a disappointing opening week performance.
Just one point in their last five Premier League games against Liverpool is massively underwhelming but such has been Jurgen Klopp’s dominance in the league over the last two years.
Champions League winners and runners-up in the league last season, Liverpool have continued their good run as they picked up the UEFA Super Cup after a hard-fought victory on penalties against Premier League rivals Chelsea in Istanbul.
The Reds have a little over two days to recover from the tiring game as well as the long travel before they head to the south coast to take on a Southampton side who were demolished 3-0 by Burnley on the opening day. Ralph Hasenhuttl will certainly be disappointed over his side’s performance but he couldn’t have asked for a better time to face Liverpool.
A gruelling 120 minutes will take a toll on all the players and a fairly early kick-off on Saturday is by no means easy for Klopp’s men. Hasenhuttl, who is renowned for his tactics, could set his side up to drain out the Reds with constant switching of play which would help sway the game towards them.
Southampton have not beaten Liverpool in the Premier League since March 2016 and any positive result on Saturday will be a massive boost in confidence for the Saints. However, a second loss on the bounce will increase the pressure and Southampton, like last season, could have to go through another relegation battle.
With the St. Mary’s rocking in the first home game of the season, Southampton have their best chance to beat the European champions and Hasenhuttl could pull off a masterstroke with a win on Saturday.