Southampton host Liverpool in the Premier League tomorrow in what is a vital encounter for both sides at different ends of the table.
The match also sees the return of Virgil Van Dijk for the first time since his £75 million move to Anfield in January.
Saints claimed their first win in the league since November last weekend when they won 3-2 at the Hawthorns against West Brom and are unbeaten in their last 6 matches in all competitions.
As for the visitors, they come into this one on the back of a controversial draw against Tottenham Hotspur where Spurs were awarded two late penalties.
The win for Saints last weekend was much needed and dragged them out of the bottom three for the time being as they look to avoid relegation to the Championship this season.
On the other hand, Jurgen Klopp’s men come into the game having collected 10 points from their last five matches and will provide a stern test for the Saints this weekend.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s side have really struggled at home this season having picked up just 15 points from their 14 games at St Mary’s which is a real worry ahead of the visit from Liverpool.
The Anfield club, on the other hand, have the second best away record in the division picking up 24 points on their travels from just 13 matches.
After Spurs beat Arsenal in the North London derby earlier today the pressure will further be on Klopp’s side when they visit St Mary’s
The two sides met earlier in the season with Liverpool cantering to a 3-0 victory at Anfield thanks to a Mohamed Salah brace and a strike from former player Phil Coutinho late on.
The Saints boss sat down and spoke to the media ahead of the game saying that he knows it will be a tough test for his side tomorrow but feels his side can get something out of the game. As quoted by BT Sport.
“When you play against a side like Liverpool, you have to do everything almost perfect to beat this type of team, a Champions League side, but we are also in a good situation to try to play against them,” the Southampton manager said.
“A win would be massive for us, but the performance on the pitch has to be with improved efficiency, with a mentality which is crucial in this situation.
“We want to continue in this path, we are growing, but this is obviously a huge test for us.”
He continued and went on to add about his side needing to build on last weekend and keep their levels of consistency up.
“To play one game well like the other day (at West Brom), that is important, but more so to be consistent in every single game.
“We always have to improve in some respects.
“When you don’t play well, it is about the small things, being more consistent, especially in our mentality.”
In terms of team news, Saints will remain without Charlie Austin as he recovers from a hamstring injury but are at a full bill of health with the rest of the squad,
As for the visitors, they remain with ex-Saints Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez for the tie with respective lower back and thigh injuries.
Defenders Alberto Moreno and Ragnar Klavan are both set to have late fitness tests to discover how much they can participate in this encounter.
I think that this one will be largely dominated by the away side but, Saints can take heart from the way which they have been playing in recent weeks and if they stick to their game plan could frustrate Klopp’s men tomorrow afternoon.
I think that it will end up as a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s stadium tomorrow afternoon.