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Jeers, sneers and cheers to be muted at St Mary's

I KNOW a couple of Saints fans who always looked forward to a good jeer and a sneer whenever Liverpool were around, but I reckon they'll be a bit muted this week.

Brendan Rodgers was the figure of hatred at St Mary's for seeming to spend most of his last two summers shopping at the Hampshire club with Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne all trailing him to Anfield.

Big Rickie was the only one who vanished before the boss and now Jurgen Klopp's in charge, a man with no previous towards Soton as far as I know.

Not only that, but would you really want to boo Klopp anyway? Seems such a decent bloke.

Unfortunately, not only is he a nice fella, but he's also in charge of a team who are pretty much unreadable.

Great one week, dreary the next. We know what he wants to do but perhaps he's a player or two short from fine-tuning his system.

Someone like Steve Davis or Jose Fonte might be the missing pieces, eh? Might as well keep the twinning project alive.

The basic rule of thumb is probably not to overindulge too much when the Reds are short odds but get stuck in at tasty prices and I think the best part of 2-1 is a generous enough quote.

Liverpool have won three of their last four League Cup ties against the Saints and they've not lost any of their last six on the road.

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Monaco v Caen

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Monaco have failed to score more than one goal in their last seven home games
Expert verdict
Surprise package Caen are not close to the summit through luck. Their amazing results will almost certainly dip but performances have been good enough to suggest they can get a draw at Monaco, who give away too many chances. The hosts allow an average of 13.6 shots per game – only bottom-of-the-table Troyes concede more.