Sunday 7th May 2017 | Anfield | 13:30
Jürgen Klopp insists Liverpool “have no issue with Anfield, we love it, we love playing there” after their last result at Anfield ended in a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal palace.
“Against Crystal Palace, everybody saw the game, we made these two mistakes. But it’s not about being at Anfield or being somewhere, it was the moment.
“The plan is for Sunday that we can use Anfield.”
Last time out Liverpool secured a 0-1 victory against Watford, thanks to a spectacular Emre Can overhead kick.
A win would further Liverpool’s top-four credentials and would take Liverpool back to the Champions League for only the 2nd time in 7 years.
When questioned on his thoughts about the Champions League, Klopp said “I think we should win the next game, that’s what I am pretty sure about.
“It cannot be our job to count points, our job is to get them, and everyone else can count them and see where it leads to.
“There is absolutely no club in the top spots who can waste points in the next match day: not Chelsea, not Tottenham, not Liverpool, City, United or Arsenal.”
In terms of injuries, The Reds could see April Player of the Month Philippe Coutinho returning to the starting line-up; however Ings and Mane are still some way off recovery.
The reverse fixture of this game finish 0-0 at St Mary’s, however Liverpool suffered two 1-0 defeats in the League Cup semi-final to The Saints so The Reds will want to get revenge.
Klopp shrugged off the importance of the reverse fixture, saying “In all of our analysis that we do we don’t watch the games we played against Southampton, we watch the last three games they played”.
History is in favour of Southampton, as they’ve won three of the last six games however at Anfield, with a strong squad, Liverpool will certainly be the favourites.
Klopp has hinted Liverpool will excel not just only on Sunday, but in the remaining games after that, saying “I like this kind of pressure; it’s the best kind of pressure you can have, fighting for something really special.”
The Saints will have to be strong, as Liverpool score more goals, take more shots, take more corners, hold more possession and have greater pass accuracy than their counter-parts.
FACT: Southampton have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches against Liverpool in all competitions.
PREDICTION: Liverpool 2-1 Southampton.