Liverpool will travel to Southampton as they look to reclaim the top spot in the Premier League. Title rivals will not play this weekend in the league, as they will play against Brighton in the FA Cup semi-final. This gives the opportunity to Jurgen Klopp’s side to put the pressure back on City. Southampton will offer them tough competition, as the Saints will hope to move one step closer to survival.
Despite their win against Spurs on Saturday, Liverpool find themselves second in the table. City won both their games this week, against Fulham and Cardiff City respectively. Pep Guardiola’s side is a point ahead with six games to go, and the title race is as close as it can get.Embed from Getty Images
Liverpool vs Southampton Odds, Preview and Prediction
Liverpool have won four of their last five games in all competitions, which includes four in the league. The win against Tottenham was nothing short of incredible, as the Reds had to rely on a late own goal from Toby Alderweireld to clinch the three points. Considering the form Manchester City are in, opponents like Southampton have to be dispatched with relative ease.
The Saints have something to play for themselves, as they are embroiled in a relegation battle. Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side is in 17th place, and they are five points clear of danger. Southampton have won their last two games, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s winner was enough to win against Brighton on Saturday.Embed from Getty Images
Their home form is encouraging, and they have lost just one out of their last five games at the St Mary’s Stadium. Some big names have succumbed to a defeat there, which includes Arsenal and Tottenham. Hassenhuttl will be hopeful of something similar on Friday.
Mohamed Salah has not scored in eight games, and that is a major problem for Klopp heading into the game. The German assured that he is not worried about it, and goals will come soon enough for the winner. Sadio Mane has picked up the baton in the meantime, and both of them are tied on 17 Premier League goals for the season.
Virgil van Dijk picked up a minor injury against Spurs, but he will be fine for the game against his former side. Shane Long is the only major absentee for Southampton. His absence will be felt as Danny Ings will be unavailable to face his parent club. Liverpool will face Porto on Tuesday in the Champions League quarter-final so Klopp will hope for a game of somewhat less intensity.
Liverpool have won thrice against Southampton in their last four meetings, and the Saints have not scored in either of them. They will hope to frustrate Liverpool on Friday, as the Reds will expect to have most of the ball.
The game is bound to be a tight one, with the total goals less than 2.5. Liverpool should have enough to get the better of Southampton and set themselves up nicely for the European night midweek. Salah was involved in two goals in this fixture last season, and he will hope for more of the same this time around.
Total Goals: Under 2.5 @ 2.12 at Pinnacle Sports