Liverpool v Southampton betting tips – Reds set to enjoy a flyer
Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling can help Liverpool to an opening day victory
August 15th, 2014
Liverpool are something of a new-look side following the departure of Luis Suarez, with the Merseyside club able to use the £75 million received to buy a selection of fresh players.
Dejan Lovren, Lazar Markovic and Emre Can are just some of the new arrivals, while Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana have also joined Liverpool from Southampton although the latter will be unable to line up against his former club due to injury.
Rodgers said: “It’s a huge indication of the progress of the club, a really good symbol of where the club is at.
“We have made huge strides in the last couple of years. That ability to attract top players is great.
“Lovren was a really good player for Lyon and Southampton. He was a guy sought after by a number of clubs, but for him to say he only wanted to come to Liverpool was great.
“Young Markovic had two or three other clubs waiting to take him, clubs where he had mates from his international team. But he wanted to come to Liverpool.
“These guys watch football throughout Europe. They watch us and want to be part of what we’re doing.
“It’s the growth. It hasn’t happened by accident, a lot of work and time has gone in.
“The most important thing is to have an identity. There’s real excitement around the club.”
Liverpool look like banker material at odds of 4/11 with Sky Bet although it could instead be worth considering the even money with betfair that the Reds lead at half-time and full-time.
Rodgers’ team were prolific at Anfield last term and could take advantage of a Southampton team who have been shorn of their best players, with Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers having also departed in the summer.
BETTING TIP: Liverpool HT FT @ evens with bet365.