The Southampton vs Liverpool game would matter more to one team than the other. The Saints’ season is effectively over with nothing really to fight for and them being safe from relegation. But for the Reds, a top 4 finish is a must.
After having their game against Manchester United postponed, the Reds saw Chelsea go 7 points clear of them in 4th place. So, Jurgen Klopp would know that anything other than a win against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side means UCL hopes are down the drain.
Sam McQueen and midfielder, Will Smallbone, remain sidelined with an injury while Micahel Obafemi also remains on the treatment table. Apart from the trio, the German manager has a fit side to choose from.
In their 1-1 draw against Leicester City last week, Jaanik Vestergaard was wrongly shown a red card. The Saints appealed the decision after the match and the Danish defender is available for selection again as Southampton take on the Premier League champions on 8th May, 2021.
McCarthy is a reliable option at the back and will start again instead of Fraser Forster on the bench.
The English youngster continues to impress for the Saints down the right-hand side and should retain his place in the starting XI against Liverpool.
The Danish defender was red-carded against Leicester but is available for selection again after the Saints won their appeal.
Bednarek continues to feature in every Southampton league game this season and that run will not be broken against the Reds.
Jack Stephens started against the Foxes at left-back instead of Ryan Bertrand and should retain his place after impressing on the day.
Ward Prowse hasn’t missed a league game for the Saints so far and there is no way their best set-piece taker and midfielder sits this one out vs Liverpool.
Diallo should replace Stuart Armstrong in midfield as Hasenhuttl looks for defensive solidity in his midfield-two.
Walcott will come in for the lacklustre Takumi Minamino who has been on loan at Southampton from Liverpool since the January transfer window.
Tella has started ahead of Djenepo on the left-hand side of their midfield and should retain his place on Saturday.
Just like the past few weeks, Nathan Redmond is expected to start as a striker, replacing the injured Danny Ings.
Adams is Southampton’s main man up front and would be the biggest threat for the worn-out Liverpool defence this weekend.
Southampton are not at their best and Liverpool need a win pretty badly. This could be a very one-sided affair and we go with a 3-0 win for the Reds.
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