Liverpool-Southampton Preview

The Associated Press

To no real surprise, Liverpool are off and running in the Premier League.

Though the visiting Reds might be a little tired, they'll look to build on a stellar season-opening victory Saturday against a Southampton side that won't have an easy time trying to bounce back from a rough initial fixture of 2019-20.

Liverpool cruised to a 4-1 victory last week at home over Norwich City to open what they hope will be a championship season in the top-flight. Mohamed Salah had a goal with an assist, and Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi also scored as the Reds delivered a resounding victory and made a statement of dominance likely directed at reigning champions Manchester City, who also rolled to victory last week.

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The reigning Champions League title-holders added more silverware this week after beating Chelsea on penalties to win the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday. Of course, in true Jurgen Klopp fashion, it's all about looking ahead for the Liverpool gaffer.

"Now let's carry on. Let's try to find a way to win on Saturday," Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

Perhaps the only disadvantage the Reds might have this weekend is a battle with fatigue after playing well over 90 minutes against Chelsea. All of Liverpool's big names featured in the Super Cup, but of course, they have plenty of talent to put on the pitch for the weekend.

"We will have to find a way and we will find a way to be really uncomfortable, at least," Klopp added. "If we are uncomfortable for the opponent, then we can find a way to win the game."

At Southampton, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is not expecting anything less than a top-notch showing against his side this weekend.

"Liverpool played last season 13 times during the week, and at the weekend they won 11 and drew two," Hasenhuttl told the Saints' official website. "This team has so much quality, and Jurgen tries to put maybe a little bit of excuse in the fitness from his players, but I think he doesn't have to, as they have so much quality.

"(After) 120 minutes (on Wednesday), and they can still come here and make a good game."

Also, Hasenhuttl knows he must worry about his own team and not anybody else. Southampton played well for about an hour at Burnley last weekend, then the hosts broke out beginning in the 63rd minute en route to a 3-0 victory.

Not exactly the way the Saints needed to start the season after flirting with relegation at times during the 2018-19 campaign.

"We had an intense week, a busy week," Hasenhuttl said. "I think everybody knows we can do it much better than we did after 60 minutes in Burnley. We were very critical of ourselves, and will try to show we can do it much better. And, I am sure we will show a reaction."

Perhaps, but Liverpool has outscored Southampton 11-1 whilst going 4-2-0 over the last six meetings. Whilst its uncertain if Salah will feature Saturday, he does have five goals with an assist in four matches versus Southampton.

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