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Many saints fans were hoping this fixture would be an opportunity to put the final nail in Brendan Rodger's Liverpool coffin. But the Fenway Sports Group acted quickly and have appointed an elite replacement. This trip to the north west just got a whole lot tougher.

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It's been a weirdly inconsistent season thus far for the Saints. Just when you think we've turned the corner with two decent wins and are comfortably ahead at home against Leicester comes that second half. The captain and manager talked of International hangovers but this is not the first time this squad has let a lead slip away. Under Pochettino losing an early lead was as quintessentially Southampton as floppy haircuts. But last season the Koeman regime put an end to that. The counter attacking play was at its best when the opposition was chasing the game. It's a worry this has changed.

This week Saints travel to anfield where Klopp will take charge of his first home league match. Fans and the media alike have anointed the German as the scouse messiah but other than an impressive first 20 minutes at white hart lane its been a slow start.

The main question is do we hate Liverpool any more? Much of the vitriol Saints fans spewed against the reds these past 18 months was fueled by comments from former manager Brendan Rodgers after he consistently signed some of our best players.

Sure we went on to recruit better options in pretty much every instance (We wait, perhaps in vain, for Cedric to prove himself better than the current England number 1 right back). And sure we commanded some astronomical figures for players that have yet to deliver on Merseyside. But still Liverpool are a giant compared to us. There is an emotional sense of injustice with financial unfair play allowing them the opportunity to gazump us of our prized assets.

Everyone thought it would be a home victory last week. The saints anaemic second half display and Vardy's late equaliser means there will be no change in the table:

WRITER POINTS
Jake 4
Merse 4
Connor 3
Dan 3
George 2
Lawro 2
Will 0

So can we beat Klopp in front of the kop?:

Lawro: 2-1
"Southampton should have beaten Leicester in their last game but until then their form had been steadily improving. I still cannot see them getting anything at Anfield, though."

Merse: 2-1
"I wouldn't be shocked if this ended in a draw but I fancy Liverpool to get the win."

George: 2-1
"Just feel that everything is going against Saints in this one; can't see Liverpool not winning if Anfield is buzzing.

Hopefully proved wrong!"

Jake: 1-1
"Southampton grab a late equaliser as Liverpool's squad tires as the game progresses."

Dan: 1-1
"Not too confident of a win at all, think we'll set up to be hard to beat and nick a goal on the counter or with Mane tripping over a tired Dejan Lovren leg in the 89th minute... we can only dream."

Connor: 1-0
"Liverpool to grind out a 1-0 win in Klopp's first Premier League game at Anfield. Sorry folks."

Will: 2-1
"If Rodgers was still in charge we would hammer them. But the Klopp factor will be massive. Here's hoping we can spoil the party!"


Rules are one point for a correct result, three for a correct score.