At 13:30 GMT on Sunday afternoon, Liverpool host Southampton in what will be the penultimate competitive game played at Anfield this season. The Reds will be hoping to continue their strong push for a top three finish.
It really goes without saying at this stage of the season, that Sunday’s match is a must-win for Jurgen Klopp’s men. After seeing their top four security go from in their hands, to out of their hands, to back in their hands, all in the space of a week; they should definitely count their blessings and make sure their destiny stays within their own control.
Last week was huge for Liverpool. Playing on a Monday night, having seen all their rivals drop points the day prior, the pressure was on to get the business done. Hearts undoubtedly sank in Manchester and North London as The Reds were able to hold their nerve and put themselves in a brilliant position to end the season right where they want to.
This week is a little different however, Liverpool plays a day after Manchester City host Crystal Palace, and a few hours before Arsenal host Manchester United. With at least one of the teams from the chasing pack guaranteed to drop points, another win for The Men in Red puts them in dreamland.
With that being said though, there are several teams that Liverpool fans would rather play in a situation like this. In three matches against Claude Puel’s side this season, Liverpool are yet to score a goal. And nightmares of January’s EFL Cup semi-final exit at the hands of the Frenchman’s team will surely be haunting minds in anticipation for Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are coming into this clash in better shape than they came into January’s tie however, without even considering their overall form there’s room for optimism. Adam Lallana made his much-anticipated return from injury in last week’s win over Watford and it was even more pleasant to see him playing as though he hadn’t missed a beat.
There are a few concerns over Daniel Sturridge’s availability after he was seen training alone on Thursday, many fans were voicing their opinion to see him start up front after his impressive ten-minute cameo at Vicarage Road.
If Sturridge is indeed fit, then whether he starts on the pitch or on the bench he will be a very welcome addition. The Reds have no excuse to be outdone on desire by Southampton, as Puel’s side are in the awkward ‘nothing to play for’ phase of the season. With Lallana’s addition coming into the mix at the same time as Coutinho’s bright form and Liverpool’s big end to the season; three points are an absolute must for The Men in Red.