Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet, Manquillo, Skrtel, Lovren, Johnson, Can, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Sturridge
Liverpool start their new campaign without Luis Suarez against the team they’ve plucked three players from. New signing from Southampton Adam Lallana is however set to miss the fixture, expecting to return sometime in the middle of September. Coutinho will therefore be pushed up to the left wing, with Emre Can making his Premier League debut in the centre of midfield with Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson. Sturridge will be looking to strike in his first match of the season, but the big question is can they cope without Suarez?
Southampton (4-3-3): Forster, Bertrand, Yoshida, Fonte, Clyne, Taider, Wanyama, Davis, Ramirez, Tadic, Pelle
Southampton have been publicly mocked for the exodus of their star players, but Saints boss Ronald Koeman has made some shrewd purchases in the transfer market. They’ve signed Fraser Forster to man the posts, Inter’s Saphir Taider, Dusan Tadic from Twente, and Feyenoord’s 26-goal striker Graziano Pelle. They will all be expected to start against Liverpool at Anfield, and will be looking to prove to the critics they can move on from their massive sales.
Liverpool v. Southampton will be interesting a serious case of mistaken identity. Don’t pass to him! He is not your teammate
— Mickey Christmas (@Digiriri) August 15, 2014
I didn’t realise that Liverpool’s first game is Southampton…. Awkward… — Syamil Koh (@Syamilkoh) August 15, 2014
2 more sleeps till birthday and Liverpool v Southampton 😀
— Roshan Jeet #YNWA (@rockyroshi) August 15, 2014
Southampton and Liverpool played out an entertaining five-goal thriller back in 1983. Can this weekend live up to the excitement?
Liverpool vs. Southampton: An Alternative Preview
Last year's 1-0 win over Stoke was Liverpool's first victory on the opening weekend in five seasons (D2 L2).
Seven of Southampton's last eight opening games in the Barclays Premier League have been away from home. They have won just two of the previous seven (D2 L3).
Southampton enjoyed a 1-0 win when they visited Anfield in the Premier League last season.
Dejan Lovren scored the winning goal in this fixture at Anfield last season while playing for Southampton (0-1).
Liverpool's new forward Rickie Lambert scored 28 Premier League goals over the last two seasons for Southampton; seven more than any other Saints player.
Steven Gerrard ended the 2013/14 season with the most assists in the division (13) and is now fourth in the all time Premier League list with 91.
Liverpool fired in 258 shots on target last season, more than any other team in the Premier League.
Dusan Tadic created 133 goalscoring chances in the Dutch Eredivisie last season for FC Twente; 46 more than any other player.
Daniel Sturridge's goals won Liverpool 20 points in the Premier League last season; more than any other player for their side.
On the last occasion Liverpool finished second (2008-09) they finished outside the top six in the following season (7th).