Alex Rogers looks at the stats ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League game with Southampton this afternoon.
With Liverpool playing Southampton today, along with these three points being critical to our top four hopes, there’s also a feeling of having something to prove against the Saints.
Losing twice over two legs in the semi-final of the EFL Cup to them was pretty disappointing. Add to that the fact that we couldn’t score over to legs and it just seems embarrassing.
But because of this, it’s the perfect recipe for a fired up game with our players wanting to taste the sweet taste of revenge.
Coutinho gave us all a fright when he went down clutching his leg against Watford but thankfully it was just a dead leg. Reports are that our boy Coutinho will return in time to face the Saints. Mané and Henderson are both still out of action.
Claude Puel’s team also has its share of injuries, with Charlie Austin a doubt for the game with an injured shoulder and McCarthy out with an injury to his hamstring.
Virgil Van Dijk is also out with a foot injury which is only good news for us with Southampton losing such a vital player for them. Let’s just hope he’s not injured for the transfer window, am I right guys?
Form Guide: Premier League (Most recent first)
Southampton – DLLWWD
Southampton’s last six games have consisted of two wins, two draws and two losses, meaning they’ve dropped 10 points out of an available 18.
Having conceded 32 goals in 20 games and only scoring 26 in the same amount of games, statistics would show that Southampton may struggle against Liverpool’s talented attackers. However, the EFL Cup semi-final shows that stats aren’t everything.
Having not won in three games, Claude Puel has a task on his hands to get a result and keep the fans happy.
Liverpool – WLWWDW
This late on in the season, Liverpool’s top four hopes rely heavily on the results of the other teams fighting for a Champions league place. However, that doesn’t mean Liverpool can just rely on others. Winning every game until the end of the season is of the utmost importance.
In Liverpool’s last six games, we’ve only dropped four points. “Four points too many,“ some may argue as a loss against Crystal Palace and a draw against Bournemouth has made it ten times more tense in these final few games for top four.
Losing our captain and the clinical Sadio Mané may have had a factor in the points dropped, however.
With Liverpool having won 11 home games and 9 away games this season, it would seem our home form is slightly better than our away form. However, our disappointments in the Bournemouth and Crystal Palace games were both at home. Again, stats aren’t everything.
In the last 17 league meetings between the two sides, Southampton has only won three times and lost a further nine. There’s also been five draws with the most recent league game being a goalless draw.
Having played Southampton three times this season without scoring a single goal against them doesn’t bode well for us. However, in the last 17 league meetings, we have scored just under double the number of goals Southampton has so hopefully our goal-scoring drought against the Saints can finally come to an end.
With three ex-Southampton players set to start and with the Saints fans taking a somewhat hostile approach when it comes to Dejan Lovren, the travelling fans could offer a hostile atmosphere.
Recent results against the Saints indicating that we may have a frustrating afternoon on our hands but hopefully, with Southampton having a poor run of form recently and Liverpool with a lot to play for, I’m hoping the stars will align and grant us a much-needed win.
Also with Southampton missing a few crucial players, it would seem that we really should be able to nick a win here and cement a place in the top four.
2-1 to Liverpool.