As Manchester United suffered a 1-2 defeat in their first home game of the 2014/2015 season, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was planning Liverpool’s first home assault.
Liverpool’s title challenge may already be one step ahead after Manchester United lost what should have been a certain home win. However, rivals Tottenham and Arsenal both bagged wins putting at least some pressure on The Reds to deliver three points to their campaign.
The starting line-up is already without injured Adam Lallana who could have been the third of three of Liverpool’s signing from Southampton over the busy transfer window that is still yet to come to an end. There is still the possibility of Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert starting against their old club; while more injuries rule out Daniel Agger, Lazar Markovic and Jon Flanagan.
Southampton’s manager, Ronald Koeman, will be relying on Fraser Forster, who will make his Premiership debut for the club and will be looking to make an impression, although for Liverpool, this is a chance to show Forster how difficult the English league is and that the new Southampton goalkeeper will need to be on his game for the full ninety minutes.
By and large, this will be a full team Southampton coming out only minus Florin Gardos. Surprisingly, Koeman has still chosen Morgan Schneiderlin to start despite rumours that he could be going to Tottenham. However, a good performance and a win from Southampton could persuade the midfielder stay at the club.
With Southampton’s side in disarray from Liverpool’s summer raid on the club taking a trio that contributed thirty-one goals to the club last season, and The Reds playing at home, should mean that Liverpool will convincingly have the upper hand.