The Reds host Southampton this Sunday for the second time this season, and have yet to score a single goal against them.
Liverpool have faced Southampton three times already this season, having drawn the Saints in the EFL Cup semi-finals. They lost the EFL Cup fixtures 1-0 both times and left St. Mary’s with a goalless draw back in November. This time around they have a lot to play for, with a top-four finish at stake and a Champions League spot that is calling Liverpool’s name.
Last Monday Liverpool left Vicarage Road three points closer to the precious Champions League spot and will look to take nine out of nine points from their remaining three games, with the Manchester teams hot on their tail with a game in hand each.
I’m not sure Emre Can will score a goal better than that bicycle kick though.
Klopp said this afternoon that Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho are both in contention to start this Sunday after Lallana replaced Coutinho after just 13 minutes at Watford due to a thigh injury.
Sadio Mané and Danny Ings seem to be making good progress with their recoveries however the same cannot be said for captain Jordan Henderson. Klopp said: “There is nothing new about this”.
Charlie Austin could make a long-awaited return for Southampton this Sunday, having been sidelined since he dislocated his shoulder back in December.
Liverpool’s recent record against the Saints isn’t the best, having not scored a single goal against them after three meetings this season, however the Reds have a top-four finish at stake and Southampton haven’t got a lot to play for at this stage.
It’s a game that should see Liverpool take charge from the off, providing that the Anfield crowd can give them that support that Jürgen Klopp is planning on “using”.
I’m hoping that all goes to plan and that we take the three points from this game. I’m sick of waiting and I just want to see the Reds in Europe again, and I don’t want to settle for Europa League.
I’m going to predict 2-0 to Liverpool. Simon Mignolet has been brilliant lately and I can see a few more crucial saves from the Belgian on Sunday afternoon to get another clean sheet.
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