Coming up against Liverpool is always a daunting task, especially in the current campaign given their form.
And earlier in the season, it would have been an even more daunting one for Southampton considering how they were playing.
Months later, and it is a game the Saints players now look to be relishing with Ryan Bertrand sending the Reds’ star man a stark warning ahead of the St. Mary’s encounter.
“It’s always good to play against the best players. That is why you play and it’s the ultimate aim,” Bertrand told Sky Sports when discussing the threat of Mohamed Salah.
“I won’t change my preparations. I’m just looking forward to seeing his strengths and seeing his weaknesses and trying to nullify some and exploiting the others.”
Bertrand’s message to Salah shows the sort of confidence in the Southampton camp right now — something that was severely lacking under Mark Hughes — and it is not hard to see why.
Since Ralph Hasenhuttl replaced the Welshman in the St. Mary’s dugout, not only have Southampton managed to put in big performances, but they have also done so against some of the division’s top dogs.
The south coast club have claimed victories against both Tottenham and Arsenal, earned a draw with Chelsea and ran Manchester United extremely close in a 3-2 defeat.
Such displays have helped to give Bertrand and co a new lease of life. And if they can take that into the clash with Liverpool, then things will not be easy for Salah and his team-mates.
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