Match Preview: Saints vs Liverpool

By SFC Media Fri 18 Nov Saints vs Liverpool

Get set for Southampton's showdown with Liverpool by checking out our in-depth match preview.

What’s at stake?

Southampton are looking to snap a two-game losing streak in the Premier League, following the home defeat to Chelsea and the particularly disappointing 2-1 loss at Hull City.

That run has followed a five-match unbeaten spell in the top-flight, with Chelsea also the only team to have beaten Claude Puel’s side in any competition at St Mary’s this season.

Saints will start the day in tenth position, but could climb as high as eighth with a victory.

For Liverpool, they will be aiming to keep hold of top spot in the Premier League, which they have achieved on the back of a nine-game unbeaten run.

Only Burnley, who triumphed 2-0 at Turf Moor in the second match of the season, have beaten Jürgen Klopp’s team in league action this term.

Team news

Southampton: It’s largely good news on the injury front for Saints, despite some concern over the international period.

Fraser Forster and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, who both returned early from their countries, are fit to play, while Ryan Bertrand and Dušan Tadić, who each picked up injuries during the week, are expected to be fit.

Right-back Cédric is fit again, after missing more than a month, but the game still comes too soon for striker Shane Long, even though he has returned to training. Left-back Matt Targett remains sidelined.

Liverpool: The Reds have a couple of major injury concerns ahead of the match, Philippe Coutinho is a significant doubt with a hamstring problem while former Saints player Adam Lallana is also touch-and-go with a groin issue.

Form guide

Southampton’s last five:

Hull City (a) L 1-2
Inter (h) W 2-1 (Europa League)
Chelsea (h) L 0-2
Sunderland (h) W 1-0 (EFL Cup)
Manchester City (a) D 1-1

Liverpool’s last five:

Watford (h) W 6-1
Crystal Palace (a) W 4-2
Tottenham (h) W 2-1
West Brom (h) W 2-1
Manchester United (h) D 0-0

Charlie Austin celebrates his eighth goal of the season


Top performers

Charlie Austin took his goal tally for the season to eight with a penalty away to Hull City, and he remains well in the lead as the club’s top scorer. One area Saints would no doubt like to see an improvement in is the assists category, with no player having contributed more than one yet this term.

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (8), Nathan Redmond (3)
Most assists: Six players (1)

Liverpool certainly boast plenty of dangermen this season, with Philippe Coutinho perhaps in the most devastating form of all, with six goals and as many assists to his name. Saints will be well aware of the threat that others will pose, though – particularly their former players, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mané, who are enjoying fantastic seasons themselves.

Top scorers: Philippe Coutinho (6), Roberto Firmino (6), Sadio Mané (6)
Most assists: Philippe Coutinho (6), Adam Lallana (6)

Previous meetings

All-time record:

Played: 100
Southampton: 28
Draws: 22
Liverpool: 50

Last four meetings:

March 2016: Southampton 3-2 Liverpool (Mané 2, Pellè)
December 2015: Southampton 1-6 Liverpool (Mané) (League Cup)
October 2015: Liverpool 1-1 Southampton (Mané)
February 2015: Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Did you know?

– Southampton have dropped more points from leading positions than any other team this season (8), while no side has collected more from behind than Liverpool (6)

– Philippe Coutinho has scored in three of his previous four visits to St Mary's Stadium in the Premier League

– No English Premier League player has scored more goals across all competitions this season than Charlie Austin, with his tally of eight putting him level with ex-Saint Theo Walcott

– Southampton's last Premier League win against a side top of the table going into that day was against Liverpool, in September 2013

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