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Liverpool FC vs Southampton FC predictions, betting tips and preview: Van Dijk will be keen to shine at Anfield

Jon Wilde 13 Nov 2017
  • Liverpool vs Southampton predictions for their Premier League match on Saturday
  • Southampton's Virgil van Dijk faces the club that tried to sign him in the summer
  • Read on for our free predictions and betting tips
Shane Long (left) of Southampton in action during a pre-season friendly match (credit: Getty Images)

Liverpool vs Southampton predictions for their Premier League match at Anfield on Saturday. Virgil van Dijk is expected to line up against Liverpool, who tried to sign him in the summer. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.


Virgil van Dijk will hope to give another example of why Liverpool were so keen to sign him in the summer when Southampton visit Anfield on Saturday.

The Dutch defender’s future was one of the biggest and most acrimonious sagas of the close-season, with Liverpool eventually feeling compelled to apologise to Southampton for “any misunderstanding” regarding Van Dijk and to publicly end “any interest in the player”.

It did not stop the Netherlands international from slapping in a transfer request, which ultimately came to nothing, and he was ostracised from first-team training until being re-integrated into the fold ahead of what would be his first appearance of the season in mid-September.

The 26-year-old former Celtic man showed Jurgen Klopp what he could do when he and his Southampton team-mates kept four clean sheets against Liverpool last season, including both legs of the EFL Cup semi-final, although to be fair Van Dijk only played in two of those games.


Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino (Getty Images)

Saints, now managed by former Liverpool defender Mauricio Pellegrino, have been very solid away from home this term (see stats below), although it must be said that generally they do not appear to have improved at all so far from when Claude Puel was in charge – and subsequently sacked – last season.

With Van Dijk marshalling the back line, the visitors will definitely try to keep things tight and they are unlikely to cause too many problems at the other end for a Liverpool team that have failed to score in either of their two previous matches this season that came straight after an international break.

This could well be a tighter contest than the bookmakers expect and having scoured the various markets on the game, there looks to be real value in backing a shortage of goals – while keeping Southampton on side, at least not to suffer an emphatic defeat, is another appealing way to bet.

Liverpool vs Southampton stats


  • Liverpool failed to score a goal against Southampton in their four league and cup meetings last season
  • Southampton have lost on only one of their last five visits to Anfield
  • Saints have the joint best defensive record away from home in the Premier League this season

Recommended bets


Under 2.5 goals @ 13/10 with MarathonBet
Both teams to score? NO @ Evens with BetVictor
Southampton +2 on the handicap @ 8/11 with Stan James
Southampton/Draw double chance @ 2/1 with MarathonBet



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Liverpool FC vs Southampton FC predictions, betting tips and preview: Van Dijk will be keen to shine at Anfield

Liverpool vs Southampton predictions for their Premier League match at Anfield on Saturday. Virgil van Dijk is expected to line up against Liverpool, who tried to sign him in the summer. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.

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