Liverpool v Southampton odds, betting news and free bets – Can the Saints cause an upset?

The latest Liverpool v Southampton odds, betting news and free bets as Paddy Power report few backers of the away win at 9/1.

Two of last season’s overachievers meet on the opening weekend of the season at Anfield, as Liverpool host Southampton.

Both sides have influential players over the summer, in Southampton’s case, probably too many.

Luis Suarez left Liverpool for the La Liga giants FC Barcelona and the pressure is on the Reds to see how they cope without their main man.

Brendan Rodgers has brought well this summer, with the likes of Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana all joining.

Lallana won’t feature against his former club, although Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren could, after the pair also made the same move.

Calum Chambers, Daniel Osvaldo and Luke Shaw have also left the St. Mary’s in an amazing exodus at the club.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino also left the club and Ronald Koeman has the difficult task of replacing the Argentine.

When the two met last season, the away side won both fixtures, with Southampton stunning the Reds five games into the campaign.

Liverpool got revenge at St. Mary’s, winning 3-0, with the result coming in their amazing purple patch.

Team news
At least three Liverpool players are expected to make their debuts for the club against Southampton on Sunday.

Javier Manquillo will start from right back, with Glen Johnson to move to left full-back, a role he occupied frequently last season.

Alberto Moreno’s move won’t be complete in time for him to feature against Southampton, although the Spaniard will be a key player this season.

Can and Lovren will also start, with Markovic a doubt and Lambert set for a role on the bench.

Southampton’s side could be recognisable from the one that finished the 2013/14 season.

Fraser Forster will make his debut, along with Ryan Bertrand, who joined on a season long loan from Chelsea.

Graziano Pelle will lead the line, with Jay Rodriguez still nursing the injury that kept him out of the 2014 World Cup.

Morgan Schneiderlin hasn’t played during pre-season, with the Frenchman “not in the right frame of mind”, with a move to Spurs on the cards.

Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet, Manquillo, Skrtel, Lovren, Johnson, Can, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Sturridge, Coutinho
Southampton (4-5-1): Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand, Ramirez, Taider, Wanyama, Davis, Tadic, Pelle

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