Jurgen Klopp has expressed his confusion as to why Southampton currently find themselves so low down on the Premier League table.

The Liverpool boss spoke to his club’s official website ahead of the trip down to St Mary’s this weekend and was full of praise for the way in which Saints play their football.

Again it’s a very, very interesting challenge. We know a lot about Southampton and the way they play, it’s a football-playing side. It’s quite rare.

Bournemouth and Southampton are two teams in this area of the table still football playing, nice build-up, with good players on the pitch, good options, different options – Ward-Prowse, Davis, Hojbjerg – and different systems and all that stuff. That’s a job to do, for sure.

Klopp was quick to highlight that Saints do indeed have quality in their squad, and admitted that he is expecting a tough battle for his Liverpool side when the clash takes place on Sunday afternoon.

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They had a sticky start. In 2018, the results are absolutely OK or more than OK. A draw with Tottenham at home and stuff like that, so it’s good. It’s a good team, to be honest, really a good team.

I don’t get 100 per cent why they are in the region they are in the table, but it’s a difficult season for all of us and for Southampton as well.

You win two games and you can be a little bit more relaxed for a week or so, or you lose two games and you are in the middle of the chaos again. That’s the important thing for us to know.

Liverpool currently find themselves fighting it out at the heights of the Premier League table. They sit in 3rd place and will be keen to keep up the pressure on Manchester United, with Manchester City running away with the title.

Saints, though, are also in desperate need of points as they look to set light between themselves and the relegation zone.

They will 100 per cent go for it, not only because of the ‘special relationship’ between Liverpool and Southampton. It will not be a friendly game; we fight for everything, they fight for everything. The quality of the squad is really, really good. They will want to show it.

In the reverse fixture earlier on in the season, the Reds came away from Anfield with all three points following a comprehensive 3-0 win. Southampton will look to at least put up more of a fight for the clash at St Mary’s this Sunday.