Southampton fans would not have thought at the beginning of the season that their club would be in a relegation battle.
Under manager Mauricio Pellegrino, who replaced Claude Puel in the summer, the Saints find themselves just two points above the relegation zone in 15th place.
Results have been poor, while the performances on the pitch have been equally lacklustre.
Last weekend there was reason to be optimistic when the team ended a miserable 12-game winless run in the Premier League by overcoming West Bromwich Albion 3-2 at The Hawthorns.
This Sunday presents a tough challenge for Southampton as they take on Liverpool at St Mary’s.
It will be the first time facing Virgil van Dijk since he left the coastal club to join the Reds in the January transfer window.
While the defender is likely to receive a frosty reception at his former home, there is one man who is a favourite among the fans – Wesley Hoedt.
The 23-year-old centre-back may have endeared himself to the supporters even more with a certain video message.
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