Liverpool looked back to their glorious best with their 4-0 win over Arsenal at the weekend, after losing their first game of the season at the London Stadium 3-2 before the international break. Goals from Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah as well as late sub Takumi Minamino saw Jurgen Klopp’s men stay within touching distance of Chelsea at the top and move above the Hammers into third.
Southampton, on the other hand, saw their four-game unbeaten run come to a grinding halt on Saturday, with Che Adam’s 4th-minute opener cancelled out by goals from Teemu Pukki and Grant Hanley to secure Norwich’s first home win of the season.
This summed up Southampton’s slow start to the season, being nine points worse off then at this stage last year. Southampton may have a full week to prepare for this game, but with Liverpool already assured of top spot in the Champions League before their game against Porto on Wednesday night, Klopp had the luxury to rest a few key players such as Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
This allows the German to focus on the league in the run-up to the busy Christmas period. In all of Liverpool’s wins this season, they have yet to concede a goal and we can’t see this trend buckling against the Saints.