Liverpool FC vs Southampton FC Match Preview
This Sunday, Southampton travel to the Anfield to face Liverpool in the Premier League in what is sure to be a big clash for many reasons. Liverpool are trying to secure a top four spot while Southampton are trying to push for a European spot.
Date: Sunday, 7th May, 2017
Kick-Off: 1:30 p.m. G.M.T/B.S.T, 6:30 p.m. I.S.T
Referee: Bobby Madley
TV: Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 1 HD (UK), NBCSN (US), Star Sports Select HD 1 (India)
Live Stream: Sky Go (UK), NBC Sports Live (US), Hotstar (India)
Although Lallana and Coutinho are in line for a place in the starting line-up, Daniel Sturridge’s fitness continues to be managed and he is likely to be on the bench again.
Sadio Mane (knee) and Jordan Henderson (foot) continue to be sidelined for the Reds, along with long-term absentee Danny Ings.
Charlie Austin could make a long-awaited return on Sunday, having been sidelined for 5 months since dislocating his shoulder in the Saints’ 1-1 Europa League draw against Hapoel Be’er Sheva on December 8.
Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool FC manager): “It cannot be our job to count points, our job is to get them.”
“There is absolutely no club in the top spots who can waste points in the next match day: not Chelsea, not Tottenham, not Liverpool, City, United or Arsenal.”
“We all have to fight with all we have and that makes this league so exciting.”
Claude Puel (Southampton FC manager): “I’ve been surprised to see these reports because it seems for me it has been an interesting season with many games.” (On speculations over his future)
“There have been European games, cup games, with quality. We reached the final at Wembley against Manchester United and we’ve also improved many players.”
“We’re ninth in the table with all these games, all these injuries.”
“Sometimes we lack consistency and a clinical edge, and all of this we have to correct for next season because we can do better.”
My Opinion – I expect Sunday’s game to be fairly tight and with both teams’ defences having been leaky recently, meaning there will be goals in the match.