You could not write a script for any premier league game this season, Southampton and Liverpool served up another typical end to end english game. Liverpool looked to have sealed the game with 2-0 lead at break but Southampton turned things around with late second half blitz and won the game 3-2.
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
Southampton vs Liverpool Preview: Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool’s season since taking over back in October. They are now in touching distance of champions league places if they can get a win away from home against Southampton this weekend. Liverpool has 44 points on the table with a game in hand compared to other top 4 rivals and a good run from here to the end of the season set them up nicely for a late challenge for top four positions.
Jose Fonte and Jay Rodriguez might miss the capital one cup tie against Liverpool. But Pelle should be in the starting lineup alongside Shane Long who has been in good goal scoring form of late. Caulker and Van Dijk should start in central defense. Liverpool on the other hand will have Danial Sturridge and Henderson back in the starting lineup after long layoffs because of injuries. Which Firmino, Ibe to support Sturridge in attack. This is how I see both teams lining up for Wednesday night.
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.