While Liverpool may have only just opened the new Premier League campaign with a 4-1 win over Norwich last week, Jurgen Klopp has already seen his side claim their first piece of silverware.
Traveling to Istanbul on Wednesday and lifting the Super Cup thanks to a penalties victory over Chelsea, the defending European champions will now make the trip to the South Coast this weekend.
Although a free-scoring Liverpool side may have laid down an early marker on Merseyside last week, Southampton drastically struggled in Lancashire.
Handed a 3-0 defeat away at Burnley, Ralph Hasenhüttl has seen his side carry on from a run at the end of the 2018/2019 campaign that saw them fail to win any of their last six matches.
You will also be interested to know that Saturday’s guests have won each of their last four matches against the Saints, bagging at least a pair of goals in each of those victories. Liverpool can be found at 8/13 with SkyBet to once again enjoy a free-scoring afternoon on the South Coast.
Southampton with plenty to ponder
Although a bright pre-season may have seen Southampton enjoy a four-match winning run, including a 3-1 victory over Feyenoord last month, Ralph Hasenhüttl has openly admitted that he did not know what to expect from his men last weekend.
Along with shipping a trio of goals at Turf Moor, there still remains some defensive issues that need urgent attention.
Conceding 65 goals in their 38 Premier League matches in the 2018/2019 campaign, Bournemouth were the only other side to avoid the drop who held a worse defensive record than Saturday’s hosts and they can now be found at 4/1 with Bet365 to face the drop this time around.
Elsewhere, with the former RB Leipzig boss looking to add more defensive reinforcements for Liverpool’s trip down South on Saturday, either Danny Ings or new signing Che Adams could make way for last seasons skipper, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.
Liverpool’s European boost
While Liverpool’s German boss will have some growing concerns about his side now failing to record a single clean sheet in any of their last nine contests, Klopp has insisted that Wednesday’s silverware will hand them an extra boost.
Already with one European crown in the bag this year, the defending Champions League winners are currently priced at 7/1 to defend their title this season, behind Manchester City and Barcelona who sit at 10/3 and 5/1 respectively.
Although much of Wednesday’s Super Cup build-up was based around Mohamed Salah’s threat, it was the returning Sadio Mane who stole the show in Istanbul.
Making his first start in midweek after returning late after a summer spent at the AFCON, the Senegal international bagged a brace against Chelsea in midweek and Mane also finished last year with a rightful share of the Golden Boot.
The winger is pencilled in at 6/5 with Ladbrokes to find the net against his former employer this weekend.
Elsewhere, Wednesday’s hero and former West Ham shot-stopper Adrian will retain his #1 status with Alisson set to be sidelined for at least the next three weeks.
Betting Tip: Liverpool win and over 2.5 goals – 21/20 @ Ladbrokes