Liverpool’s charge toward the Premier League title continues when they host Southampton at Anfield on Saturday.
The Reds moved 19 points clear with a 2-0 victory at West Ham United on Wednesday evening, making it 41 consecutive league matches without defeat.
In Southampton, they face a side who have tasted just one defeat across their last nine games in all competitions — a run which has seen Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men climb to ninth in the table having previously worried over relegation.
Can the Saints finally stall Liverpool’s progress or will Jurgen Klopp’s machine keep rolling on? Read on for our preview, predictions, team news and more.
When is Liverpool vs Southampton and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Date: Saturday, 01 February 2020
Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): N/A
Last five meetings: Liverpool vs Southampton
17 Aug 2019: Southampton 1-2 Liverpool (Premier League)
05 Apr 2019: Southampton 1-3 Liverpool (Premier League)
22 Sep 2018: Liverpool 3-0 Southampton (Premier League)
11 Feb 2018: Southampton 0-2 Liverpool (Premier League)
18 Nov 2017: Liverpool 3-0 Southampton (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Liverpool (WWWWW) 13-2 Southampton (LLLLL)
Ones to watch
Liverpool: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Having slowly pushed his way back into the starting XI following his long recovery from injury, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is now looking like a man rejuvenated.
The England international scored his first goal since early December against West Ham on Wednesday and with both Sadio Mane and Divock Origi likely to miss out against Southampton, Jurgen Klopp may push the Ox into his forward line to wreak havoc on his old employers.
Key stat: Oxlade-Chamberlain completed more dribbles (3) than any other Liverpool player during the win over West Ham.
Southampton: Danny Ings
With Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford both looking like serious doubts for Euro 2020, there are some serious gaps to fill in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Danny Ings is doing his utmost to put himself in the reckoning with 14 goals in 24 Premier League games so far this season, as well as a further two in the League Cup.
Adding a strike against the runaway Premier League leaders — and Ings’ former club — can only boost his chances of being noticed by Southgate.
Key stat: Jamie Vardy (17) is the only English player with more Premier League goals than Ings (14) this season.
Confirmed Liverpool line-up:
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Confirmed Southampton line-up:
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With just one defeat in their last nine, Southampton are far more dangerous opponents than they were earlier in the season.
That said, whether they sweep you away or put in an “ordinary” performance, Liverpool just keep being relentless. Expect no different here.