Liverpool v Southampton Preview: Will Reds be Saints or Sinners?


Liverpool vs Southampton Preview: Will Reds be Saints or Sinners?

Liverpool have an excellent chance to put themselves within touching distance of that much craved Champions League place by beating Southampton at Anfield on Sunday, minutes before their two biggest rivals for fourth face off against one another.

THE DETAILS

Match: Liverpool vs Southampton

Venue: Anfield

Referee: Bobby Madley

Date: Sunday 7th May

Time: 13:30 BST

FORM

Liverpool were given a huge let off last weekend as dropped points from the two Manchester clubs and Arsenal losing to Spurs meant that they didn’t slip to fifth before playing Watford.

They took their chance at Vicarage Road, winning 1-0 thanks to the sensational Emre Can strike you’ve all seen a million times. I’m upset that Sky Sports haven’t yet dedicated a channel to it.

That win was Liverpool’s third on the bounce when it comes to their away travels, and their sixth in their last nine Premier League games, the Reds impressively grinding it out in their battle to land themselves back in the Champions League next season. If Manchester City win their game in hand, at home to Crystal Palace, by more than a goal then they’ll return to third before the Reds play, but it’s the game after Liverpool’s that matters more than City vs Palace.

If Liverpool can manage to beat Southampton and then watch United and Arsenal draw, they’d have a three point cushion over United and a five point one over the Gunners, even if the pair won their games in hand.

Southampton won’t be easy opposition though, something Liverpool know all too well as they’ve not beaten the Saints in three attempts this term.

Sitting comfortably in ninth with 41 points, Claude Puel’s team are ending the season fairly strongly and haven’t failed to score away from home since January. They’re winless in three though, drawing 0-0 at home to Hull last time out.

TEAM NEWS

Jurgen Klopp thanked the scheduling gods as Liverpool playing on Monday night last gameweek allowed Adam Lallana some extra training sessions, but he may now be ruing them as Philippe Coutinho faces a battle to be fit after sustaining a dead leg at Vicarage Road.

Elsewhere, Adam Lallana could stake a claim to start after managing 70 odd minutes following Coutinho’s withdrawal on Monday, whilst Daniel Sturridge might feel he deserves some more minutes given Divock Origi’s lack of goals recently.

Reported Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk is the biggest absentee for the Saints, something that’ll help Liverpool chisel open a tough defence. Charlie Austin is a doubt.

Liverpool Predicted XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner; Lucas, Can, Wijnaldum; Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho. 

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