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Liverpool vs Southampton
Sunday 7th May, 1.30pm BST
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Claude Puel’s men will be looking to respond after their 0-0 draw with Hull City, while Liverpool remain on the hunt for a UEFA Champions League spot.
Saints have not conceded a single goal against their hosts this season, with a 0-0 in the reverse league fixture and two 1-0 successes in the EFL Cup final.
Last time out, Jurgen Klopp’s men recorded a 1-0 win away at Watford, with Emre Can’s superb overhead kick proving the difference.
Southampton: Claude Puel has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the fixture, with Charlie Austin and Matt Targett continuing their road to recovery with minutes for the Under-23s against Manchester City.
Liverpool: Phiippe Coutinho is likely to come back into contention for the game against suffering a thigh injury against Watford.
Danny Ings and Sadio Mané continue to make good progress but will not be available for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Southampton’s previous five:
Hull City (h) D 0-0
Chelsea (a) L 4-2
Manchester City (h) L 0-3
West Brom (a) W 0-1
Crystal Palace (h) W 3-1
Liverpool’s previous five:
Watford (a) W 1-0
Crystal Palace (h) L 2-1
West Brom (a) W 1-0
Stoke City (a) W 2-1
AFC Bournemouth (h) D 2-2
Oriol Romeu scooped Players’ Player of the Season and Fans Player’ of the Season at the fans award this week and will be hopingto continue his fine form.
Having marshalled midfield so admirably in the EFL Cup semi-final against the same opponents, the Spaniard is likely to be key to the chances of victory.
Top scorers: Charlie Austin (9), Nathan Redmond (7)
Most assists: Dušan Tadić (7), James Ward-Prowse (5), Ryan Bertrand (4)
With an array of attacking talent at their disposal, Liverpool could be boosted by the return of Philippe Coutinho to the side.
He has eight assist so far this season and will be looking to unlock a Saints backline who has shut the Reds out on three occasions already this season.
Top scorers: Sadio Mané (14), Roberto Firmino (13), Divock Origi (12)
Most assists: Adam Lallana (8), Philippe Coutinho (8), Georgino Wijnaldum (8)
Previous four meetings:
January 2017: Liverpool 0-1 Southampton (Long)
January 2017: Southampton 1-0 Liverpool (Redmond)
November 2016: Southampton 0-0 Liverpool
March 2016: Southampton 3-2 Liverpool (Mané 2, Pellé)
DID YOU KNOW?
–Seven of Southampton’s 11 Premier League wins in 2016-17 have come on a Sunday. In fact, only Manchester United (8) and Tottenham (8) have won more games played on a Sunday in the Premier League this season than Claude Puel’s side.
- Jurgen Klopp hasn’t won any of his three previous Premier League games against Southampton (D2 L1). Liverpool had won their previous three v Saints prior to his arrival.
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