SAINTS need to be "outrageous" if they are to get the better of Liverpool this afternoon, according to manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been in sizzling form over the last year or so which culminated in winning their sixth Champions League title in May.

They started the season with a routine 4-1 win over Norwich before beating Chelsea on penalties in the Super Cup.

This has prompted Hasenhuttl to claim his team will need to be firing on all cylinders if they are to pull off a shock win at St Mary’s.

The Saints chief said: “I think it’s a completely different opponent [to Burnley].

“We expect that Liverpool will have a little bit more possession than Burnley had against us.

“Losing the ball is very dangerous against this opponent, especially in the centre where they have an unbelievable transition to their offensive line with very quick players in front.

“We will have to be brave when we have the ball. In midweek you saw a few moments where they gave chances away to the opponent.

“Last season they scored after 80 minutes. We had a very good start and a period in the game where we didn’t have ball possession, but you have to expect this against such an opponent.

“Finally, I think we must have a very committed performance, an outrageous performance against the ball and with the ball.

“We need to close the space for their quick attackers and, the few chances we get, we must be very clinical.”

Hasenhuttl has already got the taste of beating the Premier League’s big sides at St Mary’s.

His first win as the club’s manager last December came against Arsenal in dramatic fashion when Charlie Austin headed home in the closing moments.

However, they pretty much rubber-stamped their top-flight safety with a stunning win against Tottenham, courtesy of an excellent James Ward-Prowse free kick.

Saints also took an early lead on Liverpool’s last visit to St Mary’s in April with an early goal from Shane Long.

The encounter looked certain to end in a draw, but the Reds took advantage of a quick counter and poor defending to win 3-1.

And after coming close to getting a result the last time the two teams met, Hasenhuttl knows what has to be done to go one better.

He added: “Against such big teams you need everything – good game management, good physical quality and in the end also mental quality against this team that in the last 15 minutes won a lot of points last season.

“It’s about everything and if you want to win something you must have a very good performance.”