Liverpool face a tough test tonight at Southampton as the Premier League champions look to kick off 2021 with a return to winning ways.
Jurgen Klopp‘s finished 2020 top of the table, but successive draws against West Brom and Newcastle have allowed Manchester United to pull level with the Reds on 33 points.
Liverpool have been misfiring since a 7-0 demolition of Crystal Palace, while injuries have taken their toll on Klopp’s squad – and Ralph Hasenhuttl‘s Southampton await at St Mary’s.
The Saints are winless in their last four games, but have drawn three of those and conceded just twice during that period following a fine start to the season.
While Liverpool boast a strong recent head-to-head record against the Saints, Hasenhuttl’s men are unlikely to roll over – especially with their visitors struggling for confidence.
With kick-off at 8pm GMT, follow all the latest team news, goal updates and action from St Mary’s.
Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Liverpool
The visitors are not exactly high on confidence, and could be there for the taking. Still, if Liverpool turn on the style, it could be a comfortable away win.
Southampton vs Liverpool head to head results
Last meeting: Liverpool 4-0 Southampton (01/02/2020)
Liverpool team news
Jurgen Klopp will freshen things up after a performance lacking sharpness at Newcastle. Thiago Alcantara made his long-awaited comeback in the 0-0 draw after more than two months out with a knee injury and could be in line for only his second start of the season with Georginio Wijnaldum set to return to the line-up after being rested.
Fellow midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri also returned in that game and could get a longer run out, while centre-back Nat Phillips looks set to keep his place with Joel Matip out for three weeks with a groin problem.
Southampton team news
Southampton are set to have boss Ralph Hasenhuttl back with the manager having been cleared to end his period of self-isolation, which followed his wife receiving a positive result to a Covid-19 test and meant he was not in attendance for the 0-0 draw with West Ham on Tuesday.
Defender Jannik Vestergaard and winger Nathan Redmond both sat that game out due to injury.
How to watch Southampton vs Liverpool
TV channel: The match will be shown on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 7pm.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can watch the match online via the Sky website or SkyGo app.
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