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Liverpool’s tired legs a boon to ‘feeder club’ Southampton

23 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Liverpool’s tired legs a boon to ‘feeder club’ Southampton

The Saints don’t enjoy their tongue-in-cheek reputation, but are playing well enough to end a run of three straight losses against the Reds

It’s been hard to breathe lately for all the talk about Jurgen Klopp.

The Liverpool manager takes charge of his first Premier League game at Anfield on Sunday and the mood among fans is still overwhelmingly upbeat.

But those sat in the Kop won’t be the only set of supporters feeling good about their manager.

Ronald Koeman had been heavily touted as the man to rekindle the Dutch national team after their failure to qualify for next year’s European Championships.

But Southampton fans will have collectively sighed with relief last week when Koeman stated there was “no possibility” of him becoming the next Netherlands manager.

At St Mary’s, the Dutchman has constructed an effective and easy on the eye footballing outfit.

This is despite being at a club who have had their best players routinely snatched over the last few seasons – not unlike Klopp at Borussia Dortmund.

And Liverpool are the biggest offenders in the eyes of Saints supporters, having prized away Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert in the past two seasons alone.

Of these players, the one most likely to make a telling difference on Sunday is Lallana, who is Liverpool’s joint-second highest scorer this season.

One of the trends in modern football is for the ‘non-celebration’ against former clubs as a mark of respect.

And, although we’re not offering odds on a muted celebration, you can get 11/4 on Lallana to score at any time.

The supporters would no doubt be less restrained in their glee, and will continue to believe in the Klopp factor if Liverpool secure their first league win in October.

They’re the favourites at 11/10.

The Saints, however, are unbeaten in three and currently sit two places above Liverpool in the table – albeit only by virtue of goal difference.

Koeman’s team, still smarting over letting slip a 2-0 lead against Leicester last weekend, will be desperate to put in a good performance.

They have also lost their last three encounters with the Reds, adding more fuel to the fire.

They will be looking to Graziano Pelle to continue his purple patch in front of goal.

The Italian leads Southampton’s scoring charts with five and he is 13/2 to get the first goal on Sunday.

And if the South Coast team are searching for more grounds for optimism, they could do worse than look at their opponent’s misfortunes.

Liverpool’s injury problems mean that Klopp has a limited selection of players to choose from.

The issue of fatigue is also likely to be exacerbated by their midweek fixture against Rubin Kazan.

The combination of tired legs unfamiliar to Klopp’s favoured high-pressing game and little chance of rotation make Southampton an enticing proposition to sneak a win.

The Saints are 5/2 to grab a second successive away victory in the league and will use their recent 3-1 result against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as further inspiration.

A defeat for Koeman wouldn’t lessen his status in the eyes of fans and the club.

But for Klopp, thanks to the whirlwind of optimism from supporters and media alike, the stakes are definitely higher.

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