Liverpool will try to boost their odds of qualifying for the top four when they host Southampton. For this Premier League fixture on Saturday evening, here are our Reds vs Saints predictions.
The Saints team is aiming to achieve the league double for the third time in their history. They’ve done so previously in 1960-61 and 2003-04.
Meanwhile, the Reds have won only one of their last five games in all competitions, losing the last three consecutively.
Liverpool had the weekend off after their match against Manchester United was postponed.
But if the Reds are to qualify for the Champions League, they cannot afford to lose any more points. They are five points behind fourth place with a game in hand.
Chelsea may lose to Manchester City earlier in the day, so they have a decent chance to close the gap.
Nat Phillips was going to start in Liverpool’s starting XI against United, being back from injury, and he’ll start now.
On Saturday, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah, and Diogo Jota are likely to compete for three attacking spots.
As for defense, Klopp’s backline is broken this weekend. Adams and Redmond, in the absence of Ings, may have to step up to start.
Liverpool possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Danny Ings will not play again this season and is anyway unlikely to play against his former club.
Takumi Minamino may also sit out the match because he is unlikely to play against his parent club Liverpool.
However, Southampton have successfully reversed Jannik Vestergaard’s red card from last week’s draw with Leicester, so he may play.
If Ryan Bertrand is ruled out for the away match, Jack Stephens will be called upon once more at left-back.
Southampton possible starting lineup: McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Salisu; Walcott, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong; Redmond, Adams
Reds vs Saints Predictions
- Last time out, Southampton drew 1-1 with Leicester to snap a three-game losing run.
- However, they have already lost eight of their last nine league away matches.
- They’ve also struggled to score in any of their last four visits to Anfield, conceding 10 goals in the process.
- Only the division’s bottom two teams – Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion – have conceded more goals this season than Southampton. They also have conceded at least once in six of their last eight Premier League home games.
- Meanwhile, fortunately for the Saints, Liverpool’s goal-scoring record in 2021 has been abysmal.
Both defenses have been weak since the turn of the year. So, much relies on Liverpool’s backline to provide a much-needed challenge going forward for the Saints.
We expect the hosts to win a hard-fought match at Anfield on Saturday.