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Liverpool need favor from other teams to win the title
At halftime in Manchester City’s match with West Ham United, Liverpool was clearly feeling happy. The Hammers led 2-0 at half-time thanks to a brace by Jarrod Bowen. Liverpool would have been three points ahead of City if it had continued that way going into week four.
In this scenario Jurgen Klopp’s team would win Tuesday against Southampton to be level with City, and possibly even better on goal difference.
It was not to be. In the second period, City was strong. Jack Grealish halved the deficit with a deflected strike less than four minutes after the restart, and a Vladimir Coufal own goal levelled the scores not long after. City had the chance to win, but Riyad Maharez was able to see his penalty saved comfortably by Lukasz Fabianski.
Liverpool now need a favour from City’s rivals. The Reds will need Aston Villa, regardless of what happens at St Mary’s or Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Anfield visit this weekend. Pep Guardiola’s team would win that match and become the Premier League champions for England, making them the fifth time in five seasons.
However, Tuesday’s new fixture was not insignificant. City would win the trophy if Liverpool lost. A draw, even if it was not officially announced yet, would most likely hand Guardiola’s prize. Liverpool will also view this contest against an out-of-form Southampton side as an opportunity to boost their goal difference, just in case that comes into play in gameweek 38.
Southampton In Poor Form and Waiting For Season to End A 2-0 win over Norwich City in February put Southampton in 9th place. That win formed part of a run in which the Saints lost just two of 13 matches. For a team that had lost Jannik Vestergaard and Danny Ings last summer, a top-half result would have been an excellent achievement. However, Ralph Hasenhuttl and his men have been losing ground in the last few weeks.
Southampton have won only one of their last 10 matches. Only Watford has collected more points since March than the team from the south. Last weekend’s defeat to Brentford, which saw the club lose 3-0 by Brentford was greeted with chants from a section of their fanbase calling for a new manager. There is a feeling at St Mary’s that Hasenhuttl might have taken the club as far as he can, and it would not be a surprise if he is not in charge at the beginning of 2022/23.
Southampton is safe, however they could be in danger if the other teams have picked up more points over the past few weeks. They have been stuck on 40 points for three weeks and could still finish as low as 17th. They will be playing against a Leicester City team that has been in good form for the last three weeks. Southampton would, in your opinion, be happy to end this campaign.
Hard to See Past a Comfortable Liverpool win on Tuesday
Liverpool won Saturday’s FA Cup, defeating Chelsea by penalties following a two-hour match. After beating Chelsea in February’s League Cup final, the Reds now have two trophies. They have reached the Champions League final, and they are currently in contention to win the Premier League title. This has been an incredible season for Jurgen Klopp and his team.
There will be frustration at Anfield should Liverpool finish second. They could not have done much more in the second half of the season: in 2022, they have only dropped points against Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
In hindsight, their title bid fell short after they failed to defeat the likes Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Leicester City during the first half.
Despite this, it is not shameful to narrowly lose out to Manchester City’s team. Liverpool should win the title race until the end. Southampton will struggle to contain a team which has scored in all but one of their Premier League matches this term, especially as they have kept a clean sheet in just one of their last 10 encounters. Liverpool should win at most by a minimum of two goals.
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How to Watch Southampton vs Liverpool
Southampton vs Liverpool Information Teams Southampton vs Liverpool Location St Mary’s, Southampton, England Time Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 2. 45 PM EDT How to watch ESPN+