Saints host Liverpool this evening in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

The two teams are battling it out at opposite ends of the table, with differing ambitions.

Following the win over Brighton, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side know the pressure is off for tonight’s encounter with the Reds.

Daily Echo: Saints manager Ralph HasenhuttlSaints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl

Because of this, and a five-point cushion above the relegation zone, the pressure will be off the players.

However, Liverpool can’t afford to lose if they are to maintain their hopes of winning the Premier League title.

In the reverse fixture, and under completely different circumstances, Saints were comfortably beaten 3-0 at Anfield.

Former Saint Virgil van Dijk handed Liverpool a huge boost when declared himself fit earlier in the week.

The Premier League’s leading defender suffered a knock on his ankle during the Tottenham match last week.

Saints’ Premier League record against Liverpool:

P39 W10 D10 L19

Liverpool’s Premier League form this season:

P32 W24 D7 L1

Who is the opposition’s best player?

Daily Echo: Virgil van DijkVirgil van Dijk

It’s impossible to look past Van Dijk, despite the circumstances surrounding his Saints departure.

The defender has been instrumental for Liverpool this season and has played a key role in their quest for the Premier League title.

Van Dijk is lauded on a weekly basis for his continual string of excellent performances.

Despite the adulation he receives, he won’t be greeted with a warm reception from the St Mary’s crowd.

Van Dijk handed in a transfer request back in the summer of 2017 in an attempt to force the club to allow him to join Liverpool.

However, Saints refused to budge, and Klopp’s side were forced to issue a public apology regarding their approach to the deal.

Van Dijk remined on the south coast until January 2018 when he eventually got his move to Liverpool in a £75m deal.

A closer look at Jurgen Klopp:

Daily Echo: Jurgen KloppJurgen Klopp

Klopp arrived at Liverpool back in October 2015, after the club sacked Brendan Rodgers.

He made his name in Germany with Mainz 05, but came to the fore with Borussia Dortmund.

Klopp saw off the dominant Bayern Munich to win back-to-back German Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12.

Since taking charge at Liverpool, the 51-year-old has turned them into Champions League finalists and Premier League contenders.

His high pressing style of play has people on the edge of their seat thanks to his wealth of attacking talent.

Klopp has assembled a team that strikes fear into any defence they come up against.

Mo Salah, former Saint Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have scored 46 goals between them so far in the Premier League this season.