Betting preview: Liverpool vs Southampton - Reds to roll on and keep pressure on leaders

Liverpool have brushed aside Porto and Arsenal in the last week and can keep their winning run at Anfield going with three more points against the Saints on Sunday.

Liverpool took a punch to the gut when losing 3-2 at West Ham prior to the international break but their response has been impressive.

A confident Arsenal arrived at Anfield in the knowledge that they could go above the Reds with a win but were sent packing 4-0.

And despite the midweek home game with Porto being a dead rubber given that Jurgen Klopp's men were already through to the last 16, a professional performance produced a solid 2-0 win. Now for a third home game in eight days.

When, where and how to watch

When: Saturday, November 27, 15.00 GMT

Where: Anfield

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Best bets for Liverpool v Southampton

Winning margin of 2 goals at 11/4

Trent Alexander-Arnold to assist at 6/4

Sadio Mane to score first goal at 4/1

Liverpool went stronger than many expected against Porto although, as noted in this column, that wasn't a surprise given the hefty prize money on offer just for winning a Champions League group game.

But it did allow Klopp to rotate a little and not overdo the minutes for some of his key men. Some like Virgil van Dijk had the night off while Sadio Mane and Mo Salah were withdrawn in the last 20.

With a Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, Klopp may make more tweaks but a theme of this season so far is how adept the German has been at juggling his squad.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp can guide his team to another home win

He's made plenty of changes when deeming it necessary and yet Liverpool have kept on winning.

Their record in all comps this season reads 14 wins, four draws and just a single defeat.

Three of those draws were against fellow members of the current top four so teams like Southampton have almost always been overpowered.

Away days for the Saints have been pretty miserable in 2021 and 13 of their 17 Premier League road trips have ended in defeat.

The one surprise was that they went to Manchester City earlier this season and played out a gritty 0-0 draw.

Last three meetings

Liverpool 2-0 Southampton (May 8, 2021)

After a troubled title defence, Liverpool needed a late charge to make the top four and they started it here with the first of five closing wins that lifted them to a third-place finish.

Mane headed home Salah's cross to give the Reds a 31st-minute lead but there were scares for the hosts, not least when Alisson gifted the ball to Che Adams whose shot he managed to save.

Home nerves were finally settled when Spanish midfielder Thiago Silva scored his first Liverpool goal in added time, a strike that gave Klopp his 100th win at Anfield in all competitions.

Southampton 1-0 Liverpool (January 4, 2021)

It was quite an image: Ralph Hasenhuttl sinking to his knees in tears after finally beating one of his managerial heroes.

Danny Ings goal after just two minutes settled the contest and Liverpool's response was tepid. Indeed, they didn't manage a shot on target until the 75th minute - their latest in a Premier League match for five years.

Klopp's men actually finished the match still top of the table, but it was a sign of things to come in a troubled second half of the season.

Liverpool 4-0 Southampton (February 1, 2021)

Liverpool also finished this game on top of the table but this time their lead was a staggering 22 points after making it 24 wins and a draw from their opening 25 games.

A 20th straight home victory was secured with four second-half goals after the visitors had kept the hosts at bay during the opening 45.

Former Southampton star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired in the first before skipper Jordan Henderson doubled the lead on the hour mark. Salah scored twice in the final 20 minutes to wrap up another routine win.

Past 10 meetings

Liverpool wins: 7

Draws: 1

Southampton wins: 2

Liverpool goals: 19

Southampton: 4

Liverpool can see off Saints

The Merseysiders have won seven of their last eight meetings against Southampton and the last four at Anfield have been achieved with at least a two-goal margin.

Southampton have conceded an average of 2.5 goals per game on the road in 2021 which doesn't bode well.

And one remarkable stat that emerged from the Reds' win over Porto was that by netting twice, Liverpool became the first side to score two or more goals in 16 consecutive games in all competitions in 82 years.

It almost means you can pencil the hosts in for two goals on Saturday so the question is: how many more they could add?

Southampton lost 3-1 at Chelsea and even 2-1 at Norwich last time so the goalless draw at the Etihad really does seem an outlier.

Ralph Hasenhuttl hasn't had a happy time away from home

No-one has hammered them though so I'm going to go for a Match winning margin of 2 goals at 11/4. The most likely scorelines to arrive there are 2-0 and 3-1 Liverpool wins.

The two-goal margin landed last season and could be a player again if Klopp looks to close the game off and make late substitutions with one eye on the Everton game.

Liverpool have nine fixtures to play in December so I think they'll be happy to get the job done here with the minimum of fuss and move on.

With Chelsea and Manchester City cranking up the gears, the hosts can't afford slip-ups in games like these so I expect the focus to be full.

Goalscorer bets for Liverpool vs Southampton

On the assumption that he starts, Sadio Mane looks an excellent first goalscorer option and the good news is that his odds to grab the opener have been boosted from 7/2 to 4/1.

Basically, all roads lead to the Senegalese frontman.

He scored the first goal in this fixture last season and grabbed the opener at St. Mary's in Liverpool's title-winning season of 2019/20.

This season, no player has scored more first goals than Mane. He's broken the deadlock in a match four times and three of those were at Anfield.

Trent Alexander-Arnold continues to be an assist machine and has an incredible nine in his last seven games for club and country.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been laying goals on a plate

The very latest count is five in his last two after three for England in San Marino and a pair in last week's home win over Arsenal.

Let's back him to add another on Saturday afternoon.

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