Liverpool’s summer recruitment drive has seen them plunder the talent pool at Southampton three times, securing the signatures of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren and thanks to a quirk of the fixture computer, the trio will make their Reds debuts against their former club on Sunday.
It’s just 4/11 at Stan James that they start their Anfield careers with a bittersweet victory while it’s 9/1 with BetVictor for the points to head south with the Saints, one of only two teams to defeat Liverpool on their own patch last term, and bet365 post 19/4 against a stalemate.
Lovren was actually the match winner in that Anfield meeting last September but his transfer to Merseyside has been part of a St Mary’s exodus and new Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is subsequently in the middle of a rebuilding project on the south coast.
Brendan Rodgers’s troops are worthy favourites then and bookies expect them to dominate their televised opener, Winner.com pricing them at 10/11 to be in possession of a lead at both the interval and full-time.
Ladbrokes offer 31/10 about a home triumph by a one-goal margin and but the bulk of the cash so far has been for outcomes related to a more comfortable Liverpool success. In Skybet’s handicaps for example, Rodgers’s men have attracted support at even money when kicking off a goal in arrears, BetVictor consider 2-0 (13/2) to be the most likely scoreline and it’s 6/5 courtesy of betway for the Reds to win ‘to nil’.
In attack, bet365 quote Daniel Sturridge at 4/1 to break the deadlock, the same price William Hill mark against Rickie Lambert and for punters seeking higher odds in the first scorer betting, Dejan Lovren is 25/1 (BetVictor) to put Liverpool 1-0 up this time around.
Liverpool to beat Southampton 2-0 – 13/2 (BetVIctor)