The Saints against The Reds
Last updated: March 18, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||The St. Mary’s Stadium|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
The Merseysiders have recently shown a real improvement in their performance. Liverpool have won 3 consecutive Premier League games, scoring 11 goals and conceding just 1! So, Jurgen Klopp’s players have finally caught up with the tactics of the German manager. They are just 7 points below 4th-placed Manchester City and if they win the three points against The Saints at The St. Mary’s Stadium they will significantly improve their chances for The Champions League play-offs.
Graziano Pelle scored twice for Southampton in the Saints 2-1 away victory over Stoke City last weekend. The Italian forward finally found the net after 5 goal-less months. He is once again the Saints’ top goal-scorer with 8 goals. Furthermore, Southampton will have an advantage, because Liverpool played against Manchester United on Thursday in The Europa League 1/8 finals.
Liverpool’s fans can be confident for the upcoming match when they think of the last match between these two teams. The Merseysiders smashed The Saints 6-1 in The Capital One Cup earlier this season. Divock Origi scored a hat-trick, helping his team go through to the next round.
Lucas Leiva has received a thigh muscle strain. The Brazilian midfielder is expected to resume full training within a couple of weeks.
Southampton’s midfielder Sadio Mane was sent off against Stoke City in the last Premier League round. He is going to miss the game.
Victor Wanyama’s suspension has expired. The Kenyan midfielder missed the last 5 games for his team, but he can now be selected by the manager.
Rossiter, Gomez and Ings are the other injured players for Liverpool. However, all of them are long-term injured and are not key players for Jurgen Klopp.
Quotes of the week
Ronald Koeman (Southampton) : “Van Dijk is strong, he’s fast and he’s important in the way we like to build-up .”
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) : “It was good, yeah? From the first second to the last second.”
|Southampton (3-5-1-1):||Forster, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Targett, Clasie, Oriol Romeu, Pelle, Long.|
|Subs||Yoshida, Stekelenburg, Reed, Wanyama, Juanmi, Tadic, Soares.|
|Injured:||Rodriguez, Gardos, Austin.|
|Liverpool (4-3-3):||Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Milner, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge.|
|Subs||Bogdan, Toure, Origi, Allen, Smith, Benteke, Adam Lallana.|
|Injured:||Ings, Rossiter, Gomez, Leiva.|
So far this season
|Southampton this season||Liverpool this season|
|7 (5)||(at home) Wins (away)||5 (7)|
|4-0 vs. Arsenal||Biggest win||6-0 vs. Aston Villa|
|3 (5)||(at home) Draws (away)||5 (3)|
|5 (5)||(at home) Losses (away)||3 (5)|
|0-3 to Everton||Biggest Defeat||0-3 to Watford and West Ham|
|Pelle (8)||Top scorer||Firmino (8)|
|Mane, Tadic (6)||Assist Leader||Milner, Firmino (7)|
|Y47, R6||Discipline||Y47, R2|
|9||Failures to score||8|
|12||Both Teams to Score Games||13|
|13||Over 2.5 Games||14|
|17||Under 2.5 Games||14|
- The Reds have won 14 of 39 games at The St. Mary’s Stadium against Southampton. The Saints have recorded 16 victories.
- Liverpool have won 4 of their last 6 away Premier League matches. The Reds have scored 14 goals in these games (more than 2 per game on average).
- Both teams have collected 44 points. Liverpool have played 2 games less, so they have an advantage in the battle for The Top 6.
- Southampton have conceded only 3 goals in their last 6 Premier League matches at The St. Mary’s Stadium. They have kept a clean sheet on 4 occasions.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|02/12/15||The Capital One Cup||Southampton 1-6 Liverpool||S. Mané 1′|
|25/10/15||The Premier League||Liverpool 1-1 Southampton||C. Benteke 77′|
|22/02/15||The Premier League||Southampton 0-2 Liverpool||Philippe Coutinho 3′|
|17/08/14||The Premier League||Liverpool 2-1 Southampton||R. Sterling 23′|
|01/03/14||The Premier League||Southampton 0-3 Liverpool||L. Suárez 16′|