New Southampton supervisor Nathan Jones is hoping for an “uplift in vitality” from his facet at Anfield
James Milner has been cleared to play for Liverpool after concussion and will make his 600th Premier League look.
Naby Keita might return from a thigh damage however Joel Matip is unlikely to be match for Saturday’s match.
Juan Larios might be assessed forward of Southampton supervisor Nathan Jones’ first sport accountable for the membership.
Fellow defenders Kyle Walker-Peters and Tino Livramento are long-term absentees.
CHRIS SUTTON’S PREDICTION
Nathan Jones takes cost of Southampton for the primary time right here however how a lot distinction can he make in a few days? Saints simply do not rating sufficient targets however Anfield shouldn’t be precisely the perfect place to go for a membership to get a managerial bounce.
Admittedly my document of predicting Liverpool’s outcomes this season has been a bit hit or miss, however I did not simply name their win at Tottenham final week, I nailed the precise end result.
I am nonetheless not completely certain the Reds will win this one, simply due to their inconsistency, however given their season to date, I believe Jurgen Klopp might be completely determined to enter this winter break on a excessive.
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Milner made his top-flight debut in Leeds United’s 4-3 win at West Ham on 10 November 2002
Liverpool have earned 5 straight league wins towards Southampton at Anfield, scoring a mixed 16 targets with out reply. It is Saints’ longest run of top-flight away video games with out scoring towards a selected workforce.Southampton have misplaced 9 of the previous 10 league conferences, with the exception being a 1-0 residence victory in January final 12 months.
The Reds might be outdoors the highest 4 on Christmas Day for the primary time since 2015, when Jurgen Klopp had been supervisor for under two months.They’ve already dropped 20 factors this season, solely two fewer than in the entire of 2021-22.Liverpool’s 29-match unbeaten residence league run was ended by Leeds of their most up-to-date outing at Anfield.They might lose 4 consecutive Premier League video games towards sides within the relegation zone for the primary time, having already been overwhelmed by Manchester United, Nottingham Forest and Leeds this season.Mohamed Salah has been immediately concerned in 19 targets in 20 appearances for Liverpool this season, scoring 14 and offering 5 assists.
If Southampton lose, will probably be the primary time they’ve been within the backside three at Christmas since 2004-05, which ended with their solely relegation from the Premier League.Saints suffered 68 defeats and conceded 255 targets – each league highs – throughout Ralph Hasenhuttl’s 151 league video games in cost.They’ve solely gained 4 of their previous 26 league matches, conceding 54 targets.The newest Southampton supervisor to win his first Premier League fixture in cost was Paul Sturrock at residence to Liverpool in March 2004.
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