Southampton v Liverpool predictions: Reds midfielder could be the difference | Sports News
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Naby Keita could prove an unlikely hero for Liverpool at Southampton
Free soccer tips, best bets and analysis for Southampton v Liverpool in the Premier League on Tuesday.
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Valentino Livramento is absent. Fraser Forster and Stuart Armstrong face late fitness tests.
Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk picked up injuries against Chelsea and are in danger of missing out. Fabinho is also ruled out and Andy Robertson is a slight doubt.
Liverpool claimed the second of four potential trophies this season with Saturday’s penalty shoot-out victory in the FA Cup final over Chelsea, but there’s no time for celebration as Jurgen Klopp’s men look to keep their Premier League title hopes alive on their trip to Southampton.
The Reds were given a lifeline by reigning rivals Manchester City on Sunday as Pep Guardiola’s men drew 2-2 with West Ham after Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty for the Citizens.
The only downside to an otherwise excellent weekend for the Reds was that star men Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk picked up injuries at Wembley and they are unlikely to be put in danger at St Mary’s.
However, Liverpool have shown great strength through depth this season, and if they can win this game in hand, City will go into the final game of the season against Aston Villa knowing that anything other than a win could give. his rivals the title of champion.
Klopp’s side host Wolves on the final day of the campaign, with the Champions League final against Real Madrid looming a week later.
As well as the knocks suffered by Salah and Van Dijk, a number of other Liverpool players completed the full 120 minutes on Saturday, so the Reds boss is likely to mix up the pack.
An advantage for quadruple visitors is that their Southampton hosts are in poor shape. The Saints have won just one of their last 11 games in all competitions, suffering eight defeats in that run.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad aren’t the biggest and they may have been stretched too thin in what has been a grueling season.
Worryingly for the Austrian manager, his side have conceded at least two goals in all but one of their last six matches and Liverpool have scored two or more goals in eight of the last nine meetings between these clubs.
However, with such short notice after a difficult cup final at Wembley, Liverpool might not come off strong.
The visiting side’s front three have been in the headlines this season, but with Salah out and Sadio Mane playing the full 120 minutes against Chelsea, the goals may come from a slightly more unusual source.
Naby Keita was the only one of the three starting midfielders to retire on Saturday, after 73 minutes, so he should keep his place in the line-up.
The Guinea international has scored three goals in 12 league starts this season, including the only goal of the game at Newcastle on April 30.
Keita is averaging more than two shots per game which puts him in the top 65 of all players in the league, so he’s clearly not afraid to take a chance and could be the difference maker as Liverpool seek to maintain the pressure on the champions. City.
Southampton have lost eight of their last 11 games in all competitions.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 2:50 PM, MAY 16, 2022