Nathan Jones’ first game in charge of Southampton is a daunting trip to Anfield when they face Liverpool on Saturday.
Liverpool earned a first league away win of the season last time out when they won 2-1 away at Tottenham with Mohamed Salah scoring twice.
They edged past Derby County on penalties in the EFL Cup, with back-up keeper Caoimhin Kelleher saving three spot kicks.
Southampton also needed penalties to beat a League One side as they edged past Sheffield Wednesday.
A 4-1 home defeat to Newcastle United was Ralph Hasenhuttl’s last in charge of the club and he leaves the club 18th in the Premier League.
Premier League form: Liverpool W3 D0 L2; Southampton W1 D2 L2
Premier League top scorers
Liverpool – Roberto Firmino & Mohamed Salah 6 goals each
Southampton – Che Adams 3 goals
Liverpool have won nine of the last 10 league meetings between the two sides, including both last term.
Diogo Jota scored twice in a 4-0 home victory last term, with Thiago Alcantara and Virgil van Dijk also scoring.
Last five Premier League meetings
Southampton 1 Liverpool 2 – 17/05/22
Liverpool 4 Southampton 0 – 27/11/21
Liverpool 2 Southampton 0 – 08/05/21
Southampton 1 Liverpool 0 – 04/01/21
Liverpool 4 Southampton 0 – 01/02/20
Liverpool will likely name the same XI that beat Tottenham in the league last weekend.
Jordan Henderson will therefore remain a substitute, whilst Jota and Luis Diaz won’t return till after the World Cup.
Jones will likely make some changes in his first game in charge, with Romeo Lavia expected to come into the side.
Kyle Walker-Peters and Valentino Livramento remain absent.
Expected starting XI’s
Liverpool (4-2-4): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho; Elliott, Salah, Firmino, Nunez
Southampton (4-3-3): Bazunu; Maitland-Niles, Bella-Kotchap, Salisu, Perraud; Lavia, Ward-Prowse, Aribo; Elyounossi, Adams, Armstrong
Liverpool have a superb recent record against Southampton and will hope the win over Spurs is the springboard for their campaign
Correct Score: 3-0
Last three home games against Southampton have combined for 10-0 in Liverpool’s favour
Anytime Goalscorer: Mohamed Salah
Starting to find his feet this season and has seven goals against Southampton