Liverpool and Southampton meet at Anfield in a 36th round encounter for the Barclays Premier League. The two teams tied (0-0) on in the first part of the season, when they faced each other in this edition of the league. At this stage, the record of direct confrontations indicates balance between these two teams, since there was 1 tie and 2 wins for each team in the last 5 games.
After 20 wins, 9 draws and 6 losses, the home team is in 3rd position, having won 69 points. In the last match, he won Watford away for (0 1), after having lost at home in a game against Crystal Palace for (1 2).
Liverpool are back at home for the English Premier League, trying to keep their superior performance coming back to win against their fans, and comes packed after winning their third consecutive win in the competition. As principal, the team has the fourth best campaign of the championship, being that he won thirty-seven of the fifty-one points that he played until then. His home attack is the third most efficient of all, having scored forty-two goals in seventeen matches, resulting in a handsome average of 2.47 goals per game. For this confrontation, the coach should keep the team in 4-3-3, with Wijnaldum standing out in the midfield.
In an important match for The Reds, Klop will not have at his disposal: Henderson, Mane and Coutinho.
The visiting team is currently in 9th place with 41 points, after 11 wins, 8 draws and 14 defeats. In the penultimate match, he lost out to Chelsea by (4-2). In the last match, they drew at home to Hull City by (0-0) Southampton enter the field for their thirty-four match in the English Premier League needing much of a positive result to stop the bad phase that lives in the competition, since it does not win. There have been three rounds, having suffered two consecutive defeats in that period.
As a visitor, the team has been making a reasonable campaign, having won eighteen of the fifty-one points played so far. His away attack is not the worst, scoring twenty-two goals in seventeen games, and in six of them he failed to clear the scoring.
For this game Claudio Puel will have practically all the cast at his disposal, with only Van Dijk injured.
Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Lallana, Can, Wijnaldum; Firmino, Origi, Coutinho.
Southampton: Forster; Soares, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand; Davis, Romeu; Redmond, Tadic, Boufal; Gabbiadini.
This duel features as protagonists two teams that have been doing somewhat different campaigns so far in the English Championship. While Liverpool are among the top four, Southampton is in the middle of the qualifying table. The home team has the third best attack of the competition, standing out in the plays by the sides and also in the individual plays, but its defense has committed several individual errors. Southampton do not have a good attack, showing inefficiency in the finals, but stands out in long-distance kicks. So, having a more qualified squad and also playing at home, it is a good bet to play for Liverpool.