SOUTHAMPTON – LIVERPOOL

After showing some great football since the start of the new season, Liverpool finally did it. The Reds are now on the top of the Premier League, proving to everyone that they are going to be one of the major contenders for the league title. And this weekend they will have to keep their spot, travelling to face Southampton.

Four wins in the last five games and not losing even once. This is how Liverpool performed lately and they certainly deserved to take the first place after eleven games played so far. The Reds have one point advantage in front of Chelsea and two in front of Manchester City. That’s why they need to win against Southampton, because the battle for the top is too fierce right now.

Southampton on the other hand are not enjoying a good form lately. The Saints are in a run of a three consecutive games without a win, losing two in a row – against Chelsea and Hull City. They are currently sitting at the middle of the table, but they are just three points above the relegation zone.

Liverpool will be without the injured Danny Ings, while Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana are doubtful for the match. Sheyi Ojo is back to training.

There are much more problems for Southampton right now. Jeremy Pied and Matthew Robert Targett are injured, while Dusan Tadic, Fraser Forster, Alex McCarthy, Pierre Emil Højbjerg and Cedric Soares are all doubtful for the match. The good news are related to Shane Long, who is once again fully fit to play.

Last season Southampton beat Liverpool 3-2 at the St. Mary’s, with Sadio Mane scoring two goals for The Saints. It’s curious, because now Mane is a Liverpool player. Graziano Pelle also scored once for Southampton, but he’s not their player anymore, too. For Liverpool the goals were scored by Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.