Liverpool kick off the penultimate month of the Premier League with an away match against Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on April 5th. The motivation for these two teams could not be more different with Liverpool gunning for their first title since 1990 and Southampton in danger of relegation at the end of the season. FreeTips.com looks at both teams ahead of this match.
The two teams met twice last year, with one match being in this season and one in the 2017/2018 season and both time Liverpool managed an easy win. When they played at Anfield in September 2018, Southampton took a three-nil beating, but this really has not been their finest season. Liverpool, on the other hand, has been flying high and currently sit just below current title holders Manchester City, and have held the top spot, so will be keen to reclaim it before the May deadline decides who lifts the cup this year.
Recently in the Champions League Liverpool gave a strong performance that saw them defeat Bayern Munich 3-1 and send them into the draw for the quarterfinals. The game was first rate, and Klopp was delighted with his team’s performance saying “It was really impressive the win against Bayern and it shows we made the next step up.
Last year was sensational free-flowing football, but this was from my point of view the most mature performance we have put in so far in Europe. It is rare that one team shines completely and in that you have to work for each yard and then be there in the decisive moments and I was really happy. People spoke that Bayern aren’t what they usually are, but we stopped them and credit to my boys.”
At this stage it would seem the only thing that could get in the way of a win against 16th placed Southampton would be complacency but, with the title within reach it is unlikely there will be any lack of focus from the reds, so the smart money will certainly be on them to pull off a convincing win. When the team took on Fulham, they were without Hendo, and there was some question over Naby, so time will tell if both these players will be match fit in April.
Southampton had been on something of a downer with three out of four losses in their recent history, and then they came face to face with Spurs. In what should have been a Tottenham walk over something remarkable happened and saw Southampton finish with a 2-1 victory over the 3rd place team.
To say this will have rallied their spirits is something of an understatement, and they now have an extended break to get their heads together before the last eight games of the season which start with their Liverpool meeting at home. The win has moved them to safety for now and while relegation is knocking, they can leave the door shut but will need to secure some more points if they want to keep it that way.