Liverpool vs Southampton: Live score and updates from Anfield

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Liverpool host Southampton this weekend and there is no doubt that the stakes are higher for the home side.

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What is going to happen today at Anfield?
Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Southampton's trip to Anfield. Liverpool have failed to beat The Saints in all three of the league meetings under the management of Klopp, so the visitors could be set to cause an upset today. 
 
Stay tuned for all of the build up, team news and minute-by-minute coverage of the action as it happens.
 
 
The Liverpool boss has angrily hit back at claims that his Liverpool side cannot handle pressure, instead claiming that his team tend to perform better when the odds are stacked against them. Liverpool have had another enigmatic season and currently sit 3rd in the table despite dropping points against a number of teams far lower than them in the Premier League table. 
 
Philippe Coutinho is confident he’ll be fit to face Southampton this weekend after sustaining a thigh injury against Watford on Monday night. The Brazilian, who was sidelined for two months after tearing ligaments in his ankle, was forced off at Vicarage Road with a dead-leg following a collision with Watford’s Adrian Mariappa in the 13th minute. 
 

Team news: 

 
 
 
 
 
Liverpool are unchanged from the side that beat Watford 1-0.
 
The home fans will be ecstatic to see that Coutinho has been named in the starting line up after limping off early at Vicarage Road. 
 
Lallana is still working his way back to full fitness, so the 28-year-old remains on the sideline. 
 
There is just one change for Watford, with Ward-Prowse replacing Redmond, which suggests a change of approach from Puel. 
The home side need to hold their nerve in the race to secure their position in the Champions League, but the pressure on. With Manchester City scoring five past Palace yesterday, Guardiola's men overtook The Reds on goal difference in the table. Three points today will be vital for Klopp's side, despite the fact they are in danger of recording successive league defeats at Anfield for the first time in over five years.
 
 
Puel's side are hunting for three points today to boost their chances of finishing their season in the top half of the table. The Saints have not been victorious in the league at Anfield since 2013, but they did defeat Liverpool in both legs of the EFL Cup semi-final. It is all to play for today at Anfield, for both sides.
 
 
Kick off at 13:30.
KICK OFF
 
The Saints kick off to get the action under way at Anfield. Game on!
3 MINS
 
The ball is looped into the Southampton box towards Firmino, but Stephens comes crashing in and clears the danger. 
6 MINS
 
The Reds are looking to unsettle their opponents in the early stages, but the Southampton defence look up for the challenge. Puel's men look organised and disciplined at the back. 
9 MINS
 
Can looks to open up the Southampton defence with a long over the top ball to Clyne, but he overcooks it and it flies out of play for a goal kick. 
11 MINS
 
Bertrand collides with Clyne and the Liverpool lad appears to have picked up a painful knock. There was no intent, but it looks although he is clutching his ankle.
13 MINS
 
Milner sends an imposing ball into the box, which finds the head of Wijnaldum, but his effort is easily collected by Forster. 
15 MINS
 
Firmino dispossess Romeu, he bursts through but he struggles to connect with the strike and it dribbles into the hands of Forster. That will be a huge wake up call for the visitors.
18 MINS
 
Firmino sends a ball across the face of goal, but it is easily dealt with a congested area by Davis.
21 MINS
 
Once again, Liverpool send a ball into the box and it is not even challenged by a red shirt. A change of approach could be required from Klopp's side.
24 MINS
 
Coutinho goes for goal from around 25 yards, but it is a routine save for Forster. 

What time does it start?

The match kicks off at 1.30pm on Sunday 7 May.

Where can I watch it?

It will be shown live on Sky Sports 1, with coverage beginning at 12.30pm.

Preview

One player the Merseysiders will be targeting this summer is Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk, who will have a host of Champions League clubs chasing him. The Dutchman has been a huge miss for Claude Puel since his foot injury in January, and Liverpool will be hoping to take advantage of his absence when the sides meet.

Philippe Coutinho is expected to hand his side a huge boost by starting the game despite an injury scare against Watford, when he was forced off with a dead leg, while Adam Lallana is likely to start after looking sharp on his return from injury in the same game: an occasion decided by a sublime Emre Can bicycle kick. Southampton have no new injury concerns and it is probable they will field the same team which drew 0-0 with Hull last weekend.

Klopp will be wary of Liverpool’s inconsistent form this season which has seen them excel in games against teams in and around the top of the table, but struggle against those below them. Their defence has been porous at times, conceding just two less goals (42) than mid-table Southampton in the league, which will encourage the likes of Gabbiadini that there are goals up for grabs in this game.

It’s a big game for…

Adam Lallana: His recent absence through injury was noticeable and Liverpool will be expecting the Englishman to push them on to a strong finish to the season. He provides them with much needed versatility in a fluid front three alongside Firmino and Coutinho, and can make the difference in tight games. He looked good when he came on against Watford and will need to produce more of the same against Southampton.

Best stat

Liverpool have not beaten Southampton since December 2015, when they won 6-1 at St Mary’s in the League Cup. However, the Merseyside club have won 47 per cent of the 82 games played between the two sides in all competitions.

Remember when…

Liverpool recorded their biggest victory over Southampton, a 7-1 thrashing in the 1998/99 season at Anfield in which Robbie Fowler scored a hat trick and his 100th goal for the club.

Player to watch...

Oriol Romeu. The ex-Chelsea man has been in excellent form for the Saints this season and is vitally important in his anchoring midfield role. His tackling, interceptions and distribution are his strongest attributes which give his defenders reliable cover and his attackers accurate service.

He will be tasked with thwarting Liverpool’s creative sparks at Anfield and will need to get his job right to give Southampton a chance of keeping their opponents out.

Past three-meetings…

Liverpool 0 Southampton 1
EFL Cup semi-final, January 2017

Southampton 1 Liverpool 0
EFL Cup semi-final, January 2017

Southampton 0 Liverpool 0
Premier League, November 2016

Form

Liverpool: WWWWD

Southampton: DLLWW

Odds

Liverpool to win: 5/9

Southampton to win: 5/1

Draw: 16/5

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