Mary C Posted May 17, 2022 Share Posted May 17, 2022 POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: SOUTHAMPTON G | Fraser Forster CB | Jack Stephens, Jan Bednarek L FB | Kyle Walker-Peters R FB | Valentino Livramento C MF | Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse L MF | Mohamed Elyounoussi R MF | Stuart Armstrong W | Armando Broja, Che Adams LIVERPOOL: G | Alisson CB | Joel Matip, Virgil van Djik L FB | Andrew Robertson R FB | Trent Alexander-Arnold C MF | Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson L MF | Luis Diaz R MF | Diogo Jota ST | Sadio Mane SOUTHAMPTON, 18 May 2022 — The Reds are heading to the St. Mary’s Stadium this Wednesday for their last battle against Southampton. As Liverpool is scheduled to pay the Saints a visit this week, they are to brace themselves against their fearsome opponents. It’s no secret that Southampton is at the bottom of the food chain, and Liverpool is at the very top, with likely chances of winning the title, so it would only be rational for Southampton to get their guards up. Does this mean that the outcome is a done deal, though? Absolutely not. The Reds will be heading over to the Southampton headquarters championing their record of 26-8-2— making them effectively the team with the least number of losses. However, a problem looms over the powerhouse team; they’ll be playing without an integral part of their lineup. Liverpool’s Fabinho, seen as one of the greatest defensive midfielders across football leagues, is suffering a hamstring injury and has been ruled out for their last EPL matches and the FA Cup final. While esteemed manager, Jurgen Klopp, says it will make a difference to have him in and/or out of the team, they can still manage. Klopp is also hopeful, or at least hoping, that Fabinho recovers in time for the Champions League final. For now, they’ll have to make do with what they can, and besides, it’s not like they’re lacking the talent. Fabinho just happens to be one of a kind. The Saints, on the other hand, are undoubtedly in a less competitive position at 15th with 9-13-14, but they’ve already been saved from relegation in the English Premier League. As Liverpool is their second-to-the-last game, they won’t be going any further down the board if they happen to lose. Winning this won’t put them ahead of Newcastle either, so speaking with regards to this, they’ve reached an impasse. One thing they do have to work on, however, is manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s mistake if they ever intend on winning against Liverpool. Visibly struggling as they’ve only won a single match out of their last 11, Hasenhuttl’s game plans and form aren’t the best if we’re being polite. As he faces the wrath of fans, he needs to pick up the pace, but with two games left, how much do you have left to prove? To conclude, while both will be playing at a disadvantage, hefty mismanagement trumps the absence of a single player. We see Liverpool taking the cake once again, with their dreams of winning the EPL title becoming more within reach. The Saints just seem too far gone, especially against such a powerhouse of a team. But then again, as we said, nothing is said and done until it actually happens. There’s only one way to find out, and it’s to watch out for Wednesday’s game. 2:45 AM, Wednesday, 18 May 2022. St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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