Liverpool will look to return to the top of the Premier League on Friday night when they travel to Southampton.
The Reds cut it fine last time out, waiting until the 90th minute to grab a winner against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.
Following Manchester City’s victory over Cardiff City on Wednesday night, the pressure is now on Jurgen Klopp’s men to keep pace in the title race.
Meanwhile, Southampton are aiming to edge further away from the relegation dog fight with a third straight league victory.
Read on for Southampton vs Liverpool TV channel info, stats, predicted XIs and team news.
When is Southampton vs Liverpool?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
Date: Friday, April 5
Kick-off: 8.00 PM BST
Where can I watch the match live?
Southampton vs Liverpool can be viewed on Sky Sports in the UK. Viewers can watch the game on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, channels 401 and 402 respectively on Sky, and channels 511 and 512 respectively for Virgin Media users.
Liverpool have won their last three meetings against Southampton without conceding a goal, including this season’s reverse fixture, a 3-0 win at Anfield back in September.
Prior to that run, the Merseysiders had failed to win five matches in a row against the Saints, losing three.
Southampton wins: 30 Draws: 25 Liverpool wins: 54
Do Man City have an “advantage” over Liverpool?
Earlier this week, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claimed Manchester City have an advantage over Liverpool in the title race that is being overlooked.
Neville said: “City have an advantage in the next four games as they play in front of Liverpool. I think it’s always an advantage to play first so they can get the points on the board and put pressure on.”
Indeed, Liverpool are now tasked with responding to yet another City victory, something that is certain to affect the mentality of Klopp’s side going into their trip to Southampton.
That said, Liverpool have also been affected by City dropping points before they play at different stages this season. Perhaps City winning games is a better form of motivation for the Reds.
How close are Southampton to safety?
Southampton have done brilliantly to move away from the danger zone with back-to-back victories over Tottenham and Brighton in their last two matches.
However, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men are not mathematically safe yet. They are currently five points above 18th-placed Cardiff City, who have played one more game than Southampton.
If Southampton lose against Liverpool, Cardiff could close the gap between themselves and the Saints to just two points in no time at all, which is something Hasenhuttl will be wary of.
After their recent turnaround, Southampton fans will be bitterly disappointed if they fail to avoid the drop. But a few more points might be needed if they want to make survival a reality.
Can Mohamed Salah end his goal drought?
Mohamed Salah has not scored in any of his last eight games for Liverpool, which represents his longest goal drought since joining the club from AS Roma in the summer of 2017.
The Egyptian has failed to add to his 20 goals for the season in recent weeks, but Klopp has said he is not worried and expects Salah to find the net soon.
“His career is not over. He scored 20 goals this year, so he scored 60 in the last two. Wow! That’s not too bad,” Klopp said, according to the Guardian.
Salah was on the scoresheet in the reverse fixture, bagging Liverpool’s third goal on the stroke of half-time in a 3-0 win at Anfield. The player, his manager and the supporters will be hoping for a repeat of that on Friday night.
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Southampton are still without Mario Lemina (abdomen), Michael Obafemi (hamstring) and Jannick Vestergaard (groin), but Shane Long could return from a groin problem.
Virgil van Dijk has been training this week, despite taking a knock against Spurs. Joe Gomez (ankle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) remain long-term absentees.
How everyone thinks Liverpool will line up
1. Lallana or Shaqiri to come in
They may have taken maximum points, but Liverpool were second best for much of the second half against Spurs last time out. As a result, we at Squawka think Klopp might change his system.
One option is bringing in a more forward-thinking midfielder – either Adam Lallana (up against his former club) or Xherdan Shaqiri – and using Salah as a centre-forward in front the other attackers.
It’s a tactic Klopp has used a few times this season, although Shaqiri’s lack of minutes in recent games has seen the Liverpool boss frequently opt for a 4-3-3. With that in mind, Lallana could get the nod ahead of Shaqiri.
4-2-3-1: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho; Lallana, Firmino, Mane; Salah.
2. Henderson to be dropped for Fabinho
The London Evening Standard believes Klopp will make just one change to the Liverpool line-up that beat Tottenham on Sunday.
Jordan Henderson didn’t have the best of games against Spurs and was part of the a double substitution in the 77th minute as the hosts looked to grab a late winner.
The change worked partly because of the added drive provided by Fabinho in midfield. The Brazilian could replace Henderson in the starting XI on Friday.
The Evening Standard’s 4-3-3: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Milner; Salah, Mane, Firmino.
This is a must-win game for Liverpool after Manchester City’s win. The late victory over Tottenham showed fate is on the Reds’ side at the moment, and if they can keep Southampton quiet, Liverpool shouldn’t have too many problems. Southampton 0-2 Liverpool.