Liverpool can put pressure on Man City again in the title fight until the last stage if they win, on Tuesday on the field of Southampton, in the last match of the 37th stage. Man City has a 4-point lead now at the top of the hierarchy!
Southampton watched from the sidelines everything that has happened in the last few days in the Premier League, in which a few matches were played and more important they received mathematical confirmation that there are no worries about relegation. The "Saints" have collected only 5 points in the last 10 matches, and these results have pulled them back. The 40 points accumulated in 36 games prove to be enough, however, this season as well, given that Leeds United, the team further back, can reach a maximum of 38 points. And Watford and Norwich are already relegated to Championship.
Prior to this game, the Premier League provided some very interesting statistics. Southampton have beaten Liverpool in their last 8 home games, each time with a different manager (Branfoot, Ball, Strachan, Sturrock, Redknapp, Pochettino, Koeman and Hasenhuttl). The last coach to win consecutive games against Liverpool in his own stronghold was Chris Nicholl, in 1989/90 and 1990/91. The hosts had no less than 10 days to prepare for this game and Tino Livramento is the only one absent. During this period, Liverpool played two more games. Oriol Romeu and Che Adams are two of the starting men this season who are expected to return to the starting line-up, after they were reserves in the last stage, with Brentford, a match lost away with 3-0.
Liverpool are still in the game for a historic quadruple this season! The chances have increased after the events of the last days. As the "Cormorants" took home their second trophy after winning the FA Cup with Chelsea (0-0 in 120 minutes, 6-5 on 11 yards), Man City took the wrong step. Premier League, drawing 2-2 at West Ham United. Thus, Jurgen Klopp's team has the chance to reduce to one point the difference from the leader, before the last stage.
Of course, winning the title still depends on what Man City does. On Sunday, Liverpool have an accessible home game against Wolverhampton, while Guardiola's team will also play at home with Aston Villa. It's just that the opposing side will be ... Steven Gerrard. All the breath on Anfield is waiting for Stevie G to give the club a helping hand from the position of manager at Aston Villa. And it is precisely this that makes Jurgen Klopp's men very motivated to come to Southampton, even if they had a grueling final with Chelsea.
In fact, Liverpool had a lot of concerns with key people at Wembley, in the English Cup final. Mo Salah, Virgil Van Dijk and Andy Robertson were injured when the game became more physical and had to leave the field. Jurgen Klopp has assured that their problems are not serious in the perspective of the Champions League final with Real Madrid on May 28, but they are uncertain on this occasion. This match with Southampton should not raise a lot of problems for the team, no matter what the first "11" will look like!
Liverpool won the game in the round as clearly as possible, with 4-0. Diogo Jota was the best man of the meeting, with a "double".
Southampton won the last game directly at home, 1-0. However, they did not tie two consecutive victories against the "cormorants" in his own fief in March 2013.
In recent years, Liverpool have dominated Southampton, with 8 wins in their last 9 games. In all the matches won during this period, the Anfield team scored at least 2 goals.
Southampton: Forster; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Salisu, Perraud; Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Romeo, S. Armstrong; Adams, Broja
Liverpool: Alisson; Gomez, Matip, Konate, Tsimikas; Jones, Henderson, Keita; Jota, Firmino, Diaz
Southampton are certainly ending the season with a whimper but possess fond memories from their last South Coast battle with Liverpool, who should be far from full strength for this one.
However, Hasenhuttl's side are hardly full of confidence right now and with no goal we think Liverpool can hit the target this week, Klopp's rotated side will expect to cruise to victory from first half and keep their title hopes alive!