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Liverpool’s attack to worry Saints

Liverpool’s attack to worry Saints

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Southampton have been a thorn in Liverpool‘s side in recent times – not to mention a drain on cash from the Anfield outfit – but Jurgen Klopp’s men can win well against them on Sunday.

The Reds ended a run of five games without a win against Southampton with a 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture in November, with Mo Salah’s first-half brace all but wrapping up the points before the interval.

Their previous win over Saints had come at St Mary’s early in the Klopp era when his side fired home six goals on the south coast.

Liverpool are 10/13 to win here and are fancied to oblige given they have been beaten just once in 17 league games while Southampton haven’t won a home Premier League game since November.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s men got a much-needed win at West Brom last weekend but needed three goals to secure it.

Liverpool’s attack is a major concern for this Saints side, who have lost their best defender to Sunday’s opponents and Virgil van Dijk, now the world’s most expensive player in his position, is assured of a hostile reception from the natives.

The big Dutchman has already netted a goal for his new club and odds of 25/4 on him hitting the target again are well worth considering.

With Liverpool’s defensive record, goals seem assured. Over 2.5 goals have been scored in eight of Liverpool’s last nine away from Anfield in the league. The away side to win with over 2.5 goals scored in the game is priced at 13/10 and looks solid.

Sunday’s action begins with Bournemouth travelling north to face Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium at noon.

The Terriers are now without a win in eight on league duty, including five successive defeats, and have slipped into the relegation zone as a result.

Eddie Howe might have been under pressure early on in this season as his Bournemouth side struggled but the typically cool Cherries boss remained unflustered and the rewards are coming lately.

Four wins in seven games launched Bournemouth into the top half (before a ball was kicked this weekend) and they are now looking up rather than down.

Their away form was slow to get going but they got a first away-day success in seven with a thumping 3-0 win at champions Chelsea on their last trip.

That will give them plenty of confidence as did the come-from-behind win over Stoke last week. These teams are moving in opposite directions and Bournemouth are good enough to get the win at 7/5.

Elsewhere, Manchester United are the visitors at St James’ Park where Newcastle might find an unwanted end to a run of three successive home draws in the league.

The Red Devils have achieved shut-outs in five of their last six games and may do so again, with Jose Mourinho’s often safety-first approach employed on the road.

New signing Alexis Sanchez is just the sort of player to hurt Newcastle and United are tipped to be comfortable winners.

They have scored eight goals in their previous three visits to Tyneside and can be backed at 17/10 conceding a one-goal handicap here.

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