Southampton and Liverpool square off in the Premier League 2nd Matchday at the St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool travel to Southampton for their first away game in the new Premier League season, only three days after their UEFA Super Cup win against Chelsea on penalties in Istanbul.
The European champions head to the south of England in an excellent mood after lifting their first trophy for the 2019-20 campaign last Wednesday.
Southampton, on the other hand, will be looking to win their first points in the new season, after suffering a heavy 3-0 defeat at the hands of Burnley in the opener.
Ralph Hassenhuttl does not have any injury concerns ahead of the clash with the big favorites this weekend.
Danny Ings is expected to face his former employees, while young striker Michael Obafemi could also feature after returning from an injury against Burnley in the opener.
Goalkeeping heroics in a penalty shootout in Istanbul…
We've seen that before 😍 pic.twitter.com/z0YP6bkq98
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 15, 2019
Istanbul hero Adrian will start between the sticks for Liverpool, as Alisson Becker is out for at least a month through injury.
Jurgen Klopp will also miss Naby Keita and Nathaniel Clyne for the trip to the south, while Sadio Mane is finally ready for full 90 minutes on the ground if it is really necessary.
What did the managers say
Jurgen Klopp said that Southampton probably celebrated more than Liverpool after the UEFA Super Cup triumph last Wednesday.
“Nobody wanted extra time tonight. We will have to be ready again, and that’s my present to the players, to be able to help them recover so they are ready for the game,” said Klopp after the game.
“Let’s try to find a way to win on Saturday, then we have Arsenal coming up. Both will be incredibly difficult for different reasons.
“Only one team celebrated more than us tonight, and that’s probably Southampton when they saw 90 minutes, no decision!”
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 15, 2019
However, Southampton boss Ralph Hussenhuttl does not believe his players could benefit from Liverpool’s exhausting game against Chelsea.
“I heard the message from Jurgen that he thought we would celebrate, I was happy that they were playing longer—I was happy, but mostly because of the reason I have more pictures to show my players,” Hasenhuttl said at a press conference.
“Last year Liverpool I think they played 13 times in the week and in the 13 times they played at the weekend, they won 11 and drew two.
“This team has so much quality, and Jurgen tries to put out maybe a little bit of an excuse for the fitness from his players. But he doesn’t have to, they have such quality, it is not a problem for them after 120 minutes on Wednesday to come here and make a good game.”
Liverpool recorded easy two wins in their encounters with the Saints last season – 3-0 at home and 3-1 at the St. Mary’s.
The Reds are unbeaten against this opponent in their last six Premier League meeting, winning four times in the process.
Southampton noted their sixth consecutive game without a victory in top-flight English football when they lost to Burnley in the opening weekend.
Their last Premier League win dates back to April, a 3-1 win over Wolverhampton at their home ground.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have won their last 10 top-tier division games. Their only league defeat in 2019 came to Manchester City on the third day of the new year back in January.