Liverpool can move two points clear of leaders Manchester City when they meet relegation-threatened Southampton in the Premier League action at St Mary’s Stadium, in Southampton, England, on Friday night (IST).
What competition it is? Premier League
Teams: Southampton and Liverpool
Kick Off: Saturday 06 April
Match Timing: 12:15 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? St Mary’s Stadium (32,505)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Premier League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action Live on Hotstar App.
A lot is riding on this match, for both Southampton and Liverpool. Though the former can bear the burden of a negative result here, as their fate will still remain in their own hands no matter what happens at St Mary’s Stadium. While the same can’t be said about the Reds, the visitors.
After Manchester City’s straight-forward 2-0 win over Cardiff City on Wednesday, the reigning champions took the top spot back from the Reds. Now City leads the Premier League by one point. The ball is in Liverpool’s court now, and they have no choice but to give a response.
For the simple reason because the Saints’ target, this season is to secure top-flight status. Two teams have already gone down in Huddersfield and Fulham, the danger has alleviated to some degrees. But the danger is there as Cardiff City can still catch them on the table.
That said, the South Coast club sits at 16th on the table, five points away from the bottom three. At this stage in the season with just half a dozen games remaining, this is a significant gap.
But Southampton’s position on the table is no indicator of the progress the team has made under Ralph Hasenhüttl. The Saints are 8th in the form table ever since the “Alpine Klopp” took over the St Mary’s Stadium.
The aggression of the players, intensity and quick transition, Saints’ approach is an absolute far cry from what Mauricio Pellegrino and Mark Hughes oversaw in their time period.
His counterpart Jurgen Klopp took notice of the impact the former RB Leipzig boss has made at Southampton.
“They play a clear style of football. I have to say the job he is doing there is incredible. He brought young players in, academy players, a pretty brave decision,” Klopp said.
“It’s a really good side, and the analysis was really interesting because it doesn’t look like a team that fights to stay in the league. They do what they do and they stick to it.”
Liverpool meanwhile can’t afford to lose this game, not even a draw will do them any good here. City are just too good at this moment. Not only they are winning games, but they are blowing teams apart. The prevailing notion is that Pep Guardiola’s men are more than capable of winning their remaining games. That’s why Liverpool can’t afford to drop points in their next six games if they are to win their first ever Premier League trophy.
The Reds may not be playing the beautiful football or the high-octane stuff that Klopp normally prefers, but the 18-time English champions are winning games, which matters the most.
For the last few months, they are just edging out the games, riding their luck. Klopp and his men will need more of it in the remaining games.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Southampton – L L W L W W
Liverpool – W D W W W W
LIV vs SOU Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Southampton vs Liverpool Team News:
Injured – Saints have a couple of long-term injury absentees as both Michael Obafemi and Jannik Vestergaard are recovering from muscular injuries.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Forward Shane Long is carrying a knock and remains a doubt for the home clash against Liverpool. Midfielder Mario Lemina has returned to the training and may find himself in contention for this match.
Note: Striker Danny Ings is fit now but he is ineligible to face his parent club Liverpool. So it means, Charlie Austin and Nathan Redmond will have to share the burden of attack.
Key Players – Nathan Redmond, Charlie Austin
Injured – Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster both have returned to the training ground. But due to their long absence from football, the duo is short of match fitness and won’t be playing here.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Joe Gomez hasn’t featured for Liverpool since suffering an ankle injury against Burnley in early December. The England Centre-back is back fit now and may find himself on the bench here.
Note: Champions League week is coming and Liverpool will be facing Porto at Anfield. So Jurgen Klopp may look to make some changes here. But even then, the only area which may see some flirtation from Tottenham’s clash is midfield, and the likeliest man to start is Fabinho.
If Klopp looks to change his front three, Divock Origi is the most obvious choice.
Virgil van Dijk suffered an ankle twist late in the game against Spurs, but both the defender himself and manager Jurgen Klopp were quick to shrug off all the doubts about the Dutchman’s involvement in this match.
Key Players – Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane
LIV vs SOU Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Southampton– Gunn (GK), Valery, Bednarek, Yoshida, Bertrand, Højbjerg, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Austin, Redmond
Liverpool– Alisson (GK), Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane
LIV vs SOU Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Southampton have collected 10 points from the last 15 available in home games. That’s the reason why Saints are keeping a distance between themselves and the bottom three. They have already beaten both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s Stadium which suggests that the Reds are in for a very difficult game on the South Coast.
However, Liverpool are charging towards the title, and these are the sorts of games they can’t afford to lose.
We back Liverpool to win the match.
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