Liverpool’s journey to Southampton on Monday evening seems to be to be a difficult one – however the numbers present that the Reds stand probability of taking house the three factors to keep up their lead on the prime of the Premier League desk.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s group began the season in glorious kind however are actually and not using a win of their final 4 video games, having drawn with Southampton, Fulham and West Ham, and narrowly misplaced 1-0 to Manchester City.
“Southampton’s numbers are under what I believed they’d be – they’re a bit under mid-table in keeping with the numbers,” mentioned Josh Williams on the Analysing Anfield podcast.
“Not many individuals may have picked up on simply how a lot they’ve misplaced by dropping Jannik Vestergaard and Danny Ings on the similar time.
“It will get Southampton into the ultimate third with one cross, is a approach of escaping a excessive press, and might win set-pieces that James Ward-Prowse can put in.
“Vestergaard is six foot six and could be a large menace from set-pieces too, and Jack Stephens, his alternative, is nowhere close to Vestergaard’s stage typically.”
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Ings is predicted to be match for the sport having made his return to motion towards West Ham midweek having missed the Fulham conflict on Boxing Day, however Vestergaard might be out of motion for one more few weeks.
Having Ings accessible might be an enormous enhance for Hasenhuttl’s facet as a result of the underlying numbers present their attacking numbers are extremely poor, not least for a facet who play with such depth.
Southampton hardly ever shoot, letting fireplace on the opponent’s aim even much less often than Arsenal, who’re among the many worst within the division in that regard.
Southampton shoot extra usually solely than Sheffield United, West Brom, Burnley, Newcastle and Crystal Palace.
Whereas having Ings will assist with that, Vestergaard is an enormous a part of their attacking play too, as Van Dijk is for Liverpool, beginning assaults with raking balls into harmful areas of the pitch, even when underneath stress.
The distinction between dropping Vestergaard for Southampton and Van Dijk for Liverpool, although, is that the Reds produce other gamers – not least, Thiago Alcantara, who might be again for this conflict – who can step as much as the plate within the absence of their defensive creators..