Three more wins will guarantee a top-four finish for Liverpool this season, and Southampton are the Reds’ latest hurdle to overcome.
Liverpool vs. Southampton
Monday, May 7, 2017 – 1:30pm KO (BST)
Referee: Bobby Madley
The Reds are heavily fancied to seal a top-four finish now, but they must not rest on their laurels in the final straight.
Southampton visit Anfield on Sunday knowing they have a slight hoodoo on their opponents, with no goals conceded in three matches against them this season.
Claude Puel’s side have very little to play for, which should benefit Liverpool, but they have players who can hurt you on their day.
Anfield has lost its early-season aura of late, with limp recent performances against Burnley, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace all proof of that. Improvements are needed in front of an expectant home crowd.
Winning really is all that matters, however, with failure to qualify for the Champions League unthinkable from this position.
The penultimate Anfield game of the campaign is sure to be a tense one at times – come on Reds, make it five wins from the last seven matches.
Last league meeting: Southampton 0-0 Liverpool
Klopp confirmed that there was nothing new to report on Jordan Henderson, with the captain’s season increasingly looking like it is over.
Daniel Sturridge will again feature from the substitutes’ bench, while man-of-the-moment Can will hope to continue his excellent form in the middle of the park.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Southampton – Last five results (all competitions)
In his press conference at Melwood, Klopp discussed Coutinho’s fitness and the future of in-form Can:
“Phil yesterday was running for the first time. He looked a little bit like [goalkeeper coach] John Achterberg,” Klopp joked.
“It’s good news. We cannot be 100 percent sure, because we have to wait see how he improves, but in this moment it looks rather positive.”
“After the bicycle kick [at Watford] everyone wants him (Can) to stay, for sure.
“There’s no secret how much I like Emre. He likes the club, and it’s a completely normal situation.
“Good players we can keep, that makes real sense for development. He’s one of these good players and I’m quite positive.”
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Liverpool are 8/13 to prevail at home to the south coast outfit for only the second time since 2012, strengthening their hold on third place in the process.
The two sides played out a 0-0 draw in the league at St Mary’s back in November, and Claude Puel’s team are never easy to overcome. The draw is 27/10.