Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield for their final game before the World Cup, and TV coverage is available for those in the United States.
Jürgen Klopp has had a difficult period as Liverpool manager in 2022/23. The Reds have not been able to produce their best football. Also, injuries have struck at the wrong time.
However, Southampton offer an interesting challenge. The Saints have been terrible this season. With just one win in nine games, the club has acted. Ralph Hasenhüttl was fired on Monday.
His replacement is Nathan Jones.
Liverpool have just 19 points from 13 Premier League games. They sit a long way off the pace in the title race and are sitting in eighth place.
By contrast, the Saints are seven points behind in 18th place. They are in a relegation battle and need points quickly.
TV Coverage Plans Liverpool vs Southampton
Start time: 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m.
Comparing Liverpool and Southampton’s recent form
Liverpool have been able to play well in runs this season. There has been a lack of consistency.
Moments of great quality have come in the victories over Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. Although, losses to Nottingham Forest and Leeds United have been symptomatic of their struggles.
If we look at the Reds’ last five Premier League games, there is a pattern of inconsistency. While the Merseyside club have won three of their last five, there have also been two defeats.
The fact that both defeats came against relegation contenders at Forest and Leeds should give Southampton hope.
In contrast, Southampton’s recent form has been full of surprising results. In truth they have only lost two of their last five, with defeats to Newcastle United and Crystal Palace.
Draws against West Ham United and Arsenal were totally unexpected, while they recorded a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth.
Liverpool’s injured list is substantial for the talent it possesses. Luis Díaz, Diogo Jota and Naby Keita are absent due to long-term illnesses.
Diaz started racing again this week, but he’s nowhere near ready to return to action.
Arthur Melo is also out after undergoing surgery, but has practically been a non-existent presence since joining Liverpool on loan.
Injuries have not been a major factor in Southampton’s season to date. Tino Livramento has missed the entire campaign so far due to a torn ACL. This has severely weakened the team’s defense. Other than this, the Saints head to Anfield with a full squad.
Liverpool Predicted Starting XI (4-3-3): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Thiago, Henderson, Fabinho, Salah, Elliott, Darwin Nunez
Southampton Predicted Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Bazunu, Walker-Peters, Kotchap, Salisu, Perraud, Ward-Prowse, Maitland-Niles, Armstrong, Adams, Elyounoussi, Walcott
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