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Southampton v Liverpool live & preview Premier League 2016-17

Southampton v Liverpool live & preview Premier League 2016-17 Photo: TT

Jurgen Klopp’s juggernaut takes its travels to St. Mary’s on Saturday and he will be hoping to keep his team on track at the top of the league.

Liverpool’s trouble maker in chief, Coutinho, has been in truly blazing form this season which is one of the main reasons for their spot at the top of the table. In the calendar year of 2016, Liverpool have scored four or more goals more times than any other team- a statistic that will remind Liverpool fans of the days of Luis Suarez.

Klopp has managed to achieve the results this year without a presence quite as talented or talismanic as Suarez was, but the Kop is surely getting behind the team now.

Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Emre Can and Coutinho have all been pillars of a renaissance at Liverpool that is set to seriously challenge the top four for the first time in a couple of seasons. The goals have been flowing and the scoring charts show that, with 30 goals scored placing them above everybody else by at least four goals.

Southampton have been one of the few teams to beat Burnley, and 3-1 at that but yet they have not managed the same level of consistency they managed under ex boss Ronald Koeman. Claude Puel’s side has had a hard time settling in together and this is illustrated immediately by the fact that their average goals scored and average goals conceded per game figures are exactly the same-1.1 each. This means that each match against them is basically a coin toss at this point and the French manager will certainly be looking to improve on that record.

Recent form suggests Liverpool should rout Southampton with the Saints having a hard time in their last five matches. They have racked up two losses, two draws and a solitary win while Liverpool have managed four wins and one draw. Klopp’s team have also scored four or more goals in their last two encounters, a statistic that is sure to give Claude Puel some pause for thought.

Liverpool sit at top of the league for the first time in years and it is astounding to see the work that Klopp has done there in such a small time, they will be hoping to keep that particular party going at St. Mary’s.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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