Premier League season 2016-17 resume after the november international break and league leaders Liverpool visited Southampton on Saturday 3pm kickoff. Jurgen Klopp’s men found it hard to break down Southampton who looked dangerous on the counter attacks. Both teams went into the break with score still level at 0-0 but Liverpool looking more likely to score in what was a very cagey affair for most part.
Match Highlights (English)
Southampton vs Liverpool Preview: Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool since he took charge just over a year ago and now they look like potential title challengers have scored the most goals in the league and basically blowing away both top and lower table team. Klopp however need to cope with some injuries after international break.
Southampton on the other hand has not lost their ability grind out result even after the departure of Ronald Koeman and they sit 10th in the table with 13 points and win on saturday will take them 8th in the league ahead of Watford.
Match Predictions: Both teams go into this match on the back of very contrasting forms. Southampton can’t buy a win at the moment and Liverpool can not do any wrong if we look at the last 5 games of both teams. Liverpool are slowly getting their full strength squad back fit with Sturridge and Henderson nearing full fitness.
Which means more options for Liverpool. Both sides meet back in October 25 and it was a 1-1 draw where Mane scored a late goal to earn a point for Ronald Koeman. Liverpool players are settling into Klopps system pretty well and they are working hard in both attack and defense and for that reason I am going with a 1-0 win for Liverpool in this one.
Liverpool put up quite a show in first half scoring two goals and playing Southampton out of the park really. Coutinho continue his great run with another cracking effort from outside the box to make it 1-0 for Liveprool. They doubled their lead 5 minute later when a counter attack resulted in Sturridge scored Liverpool’s second of the day. But Southampton came roaring back in second half with goals from Sadio Mane and Pelle completed a 3-2 turnaround leaving Liverpool shell-shocked.
Liverpool took the lead through Coutinho in first half and doubled it minutes later through Sturridge, they had number of chances to add more goals in first half. But Southampton turned things around in second half completely dominated Liverpool.
Sadio Mane started second half with a missed penalty but he made up fro it when scored Southampton first in 64th minute to setup a grand stand finish. Grazioano Pelle scored superb left footer in 84th minute followed Mane’s winner in 85th minute.
Southampton 3-2 Liverpool Highlights
[Premier League, Sunday, 20 March 2016 ]
17′ 0 – 1 Philippe Coutinho
22′ 0 – 2 Daniel Sturridge
50′ missed penalty by Sadio Mane
64′ 1 – 2 Sadio Mane
84′ 2 – 2 Graziano Pelle
85′ 3 – 2 Sadio Mane