Liverpool v Southampton Betting Predictions – Back Liverpool to Win
Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool in many ways, but this season is in danger of ending in a very familiar way, disappointingly. The Reds have been well in the race for the Champions League all season and had even looked like launching a title challenge at one stage. But they could end up with neither after a string of poor results.
The most frustrating thing about the Merseysiders this term has been their propensity to beat and draw with the teams around them in the Premier League, remaining unbeaten against the other five teams in the top six, but dropping points against teams in midtable and towards the bottom of the league.
Emre Can's return to form has been pivotal in Liverpool's resurgence. pic.twitter.com/s2Yc1tKKro— Rousing The Kop (@RousingTheKop) April 19, 2017
Defeats to Burnley, Hull, Leicester and Crystal Palace have been compounded by draws with the likes of Bournemouth at home. Southampton are the latest team to arrive at Anfield, and the bet we are backing a marginal home win because the Saints have little to play for, while Klopp’s men need the points to stave off the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal in the race for the top four.
Southampton are not the force of old. Under Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman, they were a real threat to those chasing European football. But the constant selling of players and changing of coach has left current boss Claude Puel with a tough task. The Saints were among the pioneers of the high pressing style in England, but under Puel they have moved to a slower, more technical game.
But that is not to say the Frenchman has not brought with him some positives. Southampton have still impressed at St Mary’s this season, and the current team has its own quality. The likes of Nathan Redmond and Manolo Gabbiadini will be a real threat going forward. They have already won at Anfield once this season, in the League Cup semi finals, scoring a last minute counter attacking goal through pacey striker Shane Long, showing just how easily they can hurt Liverpool like so many others have this season.