Former Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert believes there is a clear gameplan for Jurgen Klopp in order to beat Southampton.
Lambert played for the Saints for years, of course, before moving to Anfield on a free. And in judging his former clubs, the ex-England striker sees a clear way for the Reds to get a win.
“I think if [Liverpool] pass the ball through the lines they will cause Southampton a lot of problems,” he told LFCTV.
“They’re going to need to do it quickly because once Southampton get in their shape, they’re very hard to break down.
“If you can get it to the front three though, they will cause Southampton problems, so I do fancy Liverpool.”
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It sounds simple, mainly because that’s how Liverpool do like to play. The pace and energy in the team is probably the best in the Premier League, after all, and getting it forward quickly is Klopp’s style.
Not every team allows that, of course. Smaller sides tend to sit back against the top sides, allowing them to have the ball in front of a rigid defence.
And Lambert certainly made it clear that Liverpool need to avoid that if they’re to beat Southampton.
Playing as the away side might suit the Reds, in that case. Southampton are more likely to come out a little bit, allowing more space behind and between them.
If that does happen, Liverpool need to move quickly, as Lambert says. Fortunately, they’ve got the players to pull that off.