Liverpool will host Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday evening (already Sunday for Indian audiences). In the Liverpool vs Southampton fixture, the Reds will want to boost their slim odds of qualifying the top four.
If the Reds are to qualify for the Champions League, they cannot afford to lose any more points.
They are five points behind fourth place with a game in hand. But Chelsea may lose domestically to Manchester City earlier in the day. So, the Reds they have a decent chance to close the gap.
Liverpool vs Southampton Team news
Nat Phillips was named in Liverpool’s starting XI against Manchester United. He is now back from injury and will likely start here.
On Saturday, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah, and Diogo Jota are likely to compete for the three attacking spots.
if Klopp’s backline is to be broken this weekend, Adams and Redmond, in the absence of Ings, would have to step up.
Liverpool possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Takumi Minamino will have to sit out the match because he is unlikely to play against his parent club Liverpool.
Danny Ings is also unlikely to play against his former club, because he may not play again this season.
Meanwhile, Southampton have successfully reversed Jannik Vestergaard’s red card from the draw with Leicester last week.
If Ryan Bertrand is ruled out for the away match, Jack Stephens will be called upon once more at left-back.
Southampton possible starting lineup: McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Salisu; Walcott, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong; Redmond, Adams
- Liverpool had the weekend off after their match against Manchester United was postponed. However, it has put them behind the eight ball in the chase for the top four.
- The Reds have won only one of their last five games in all competitions, losing the last three.
- Liverpool’s goal-scoring record in 2021 has been abysmal too.
- They face a Saints team aiming to achieve the league double for the third time in their history, having done so in 1960-61 and 2003-04.
- Last time out, Southampton drew 1-1 with Leicester to snap a three-game losing run.
- Unfortunately, they have already lost eight of their last nine league away matches.
- They’ve also struggled to score in any of their last four visits to Anfield, conceding 10 goals in the process. Saints have conceded at least once in six of their last eight Premier League home games. Only the division’s bottom two teams – Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion – have conceded more goals this season than Southampton.
Both defenses have been weak in 2021, so Klopp will need a good backline challenge against the Saints.
We expect the hosts to win a hard-fought match at Anfield on Saturday.