Southampton v Liverpool betting tips – Saints can halt Klopp’s decent run

Liverpool's momentum will be halted by a strong Saints side this evening in the Capital One Cup

Southampton v Liverpool betting tips – Saints can halt Klopp’s decent run

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Glen Laidlaw

December 2nd, 2015

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There is no denying that Jurgen Klopp’s side have enjoyed some tremendous form of late and the fans will have been delighted with their club’s progress since the German was appointed manager following the dismissal of Brendan Rodgers earlier in the season.

Indeed, Liverpool have suffered just two defeats in all competitions since August, these including wins away to both Chelsea (3-1) and Manchester City (4-1) in the Premier League as well as qualification for the knockout stages of the Europa League with a match to spare.

With wins in all but one of their last five outings, the momentum is certainly there as we fast approach the middle of the season and the Reds will be eager to continue this fine form and make a huge bid to cement their place in the top four over the Christmas period.

This could all be slightly ambitious, given that the Reds aren’t the finished article by any means. Klopp has turned them into a potent counter-attacking force and this has resulted in comprehensive wins against both manchester City and Chelsea, however they look rather shaky when more is asked of them. Wins over Bordeaux, Kazan and Swansea were far from convincing and they will be facing a Southampton side tonight who will have been disappointed with the draw at Anfield last month.

Confidence will be high in the Saints camp despite their 3-1 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend. The south coast side weren’t exactly outplayed by their opponents on that occasion but mistakes were made in defence and Koeman will have been looking at how to iron out these problems.

The fact is that Southampton won’t pose Liverpool the same sort of problems as Manchester City and Chelsea did, however this in itself could be a problem for Klopp as he won’t be able to play his usual ultra defensive approach to this match and concede possession to the hosts, plus his team aren’t good enough to dominate the game.

Southampton’s defensive partnership of Virgil Van Dijk and Jose Fonte has much potential and won’t be too tested by the Liverpool attack tonight. Christian Benteke will play as lone striker and he should effectively be kept at bay, although there remains a possibility that Philippe Coutinho could make a return to action in this match.

Bet365 go 7/4 that Liverpool win against Southampton and that seems quite a short price. Southampton are 12/5 with SkyBet to seal the win and that is much more appealing for us. The saints enjoy a decent home record and can certainly outplay a Reds side who may see this competition as one which they can perhaps do without.

 

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