Mauricio Pellegrino expects that Southampton might experience a different style of game at Liverpool than what they have been used to recently, when they head to Anfield on Saturday.
The Saints boss has seen his team face a number of sides who have sat deep and set out to be tough to break down, but he feels his players could be up against a more attack-minded Reds outfit this weekend.
Pellegrino is hopeful, therefore, of taking advantage of some potential additional space on offer, but says they must control the ball in order to do so.
"I think to keep the possession and to manage the ball will be key in this game, because Southampton and Liverpool are teams that both are more comfortable with the ball, so this will be the key moment," he said.
On the importance of getting three points, Pellegrino added: "For us it would be massive, because we have to try to get away the points that we lose at home.
"This is an opportunity to try to show how we are, to try to do the same that we did at home the other day. Maybe we will find more space than normal.
"In the last four games maybe we played against teams that most of them were deep, without space. Maybe now we will find more spaces. I can't say that it will be easier, but maybe it will be a different game."