Liverpool face Southampton on Saturday in a Premier League game that is tougher than it looks.
The Reds are huge favourites, of course, like they are in virtually every game these days. And we shouldn’t forget that the game at Wolves was arguably Liverpool’s last true test of the season.
Wolves were a team that many believed could get something out of Liverpool even if the Reds played well. Few believe Southampton will.
And in all likelihood, they won’t. Liverpool beat everyone. In fact, they literally have beaten every league opponent this season, something they hadn’t achieved since the 1890s and never in the top flight.
Really, the rest of the games come down to consistency and mental strength. But Southampton’s visit will be a real test of that.
The Saints are currently joint-third in the form table over the last five games. Their run of three wins, one draw, one defeat in that time sits only behind Manchester City (four wins, one draw) and Liverpool (five wins).
So while the table says ninth, Southampton are one of the most dangerous teams in the country right now.
But in terms of away sides, Southampton are actually fifth for the season. Only Chelsea, Leicester City, Manchester City and Liverpool have better away records.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team have won 50% of their away trips, including away at Chelsea and Leicester. They’re no pushovers.
If Liverpool are approaching their best, they’ll beat Southampton. But this is no routine game, despite the Saints’ midtable look. If The Reds let up, their opponents are fully capable of ending that unbeaten record.