Southampton vs Liverpool Highlights: Matip, Minamino goals guides the Reds to a 2-1 win; title race down to the last day

Southampton vs Liverpool Highlights: Read highlights of the SOU vs LIV Premier League fixture played at the Saint Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England.

Joel Matip (No 32) of Liverpool celebrates with teammates after scoring its second goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Welcome to Sportstar's highlights of the Premier League clash between Southampton vs Liverpool played at the Saint Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England.

This was Aneesh Dey bringing you all the pre-match buildup and live updates from this important clash.

Match report: Liverpool beats Southampton 2-1, title race goes to the wire

Full-time! (Southampton 1-2 Liverpool)- The race to the Premier League title will go down to the last day of the season. Liverpool moves to 89 points, one less than league-leader Manchester City. Mathematically, the possibility to win the league is still there and the hunt for the historical quadruple is on.

90+3' Walker-Peters gets a header from a cross but it is weak and Alisson gathers.

90+2' Armstrong's cross inside the box is cleared by Konate. Southampton trying its best to get the equaliser.

Three additional minutes!

90' Southampton with some late pressure as it is Liverpool, which is back defending in numbers.

88' Save- Redmond cuts inside and dispatches a venomous shot at Alisson. However, the shot was at a comfortable height and angle for the Brazilian to deal with.

86' Konate gets a header away from a Liverpool corner but his effort is not on target.

85' Origi thought he had gotten away with his foul on Lyanco but the referee pulls play back and it is a Southampton freekick.

83' Southampton Sub- IN- Che Adams OUT- Armando Broja.

82' Liverpool Sub: IN- Naby Keita OUT- Roberto Firmino

79' Milner's attempted cross from the right goes out of play. Milner wanted Minamino to release the ball earlier and the veteran makes his annoyance known with a gesture.

77' Southampton seems to have retreated and it is visible by the lack of effort by Ralph Hasenhuttl's team.

74' Booking- Southampton's Jack Stephens sees yellow for his challenge on Divock Origi.

71' Southampton Subs: IN- Stuart Armstrong and Oriol Romeu OUT- Nathan Tella and Ibrahima Diallo.

69' Booking- Southampton's Nathan Tella sees yellow.

67' GOOOOAAALLLL!! LIVERPOOL LEADS!! IT IS MATIP!! A fortunate but well taken goal. The goal came from a Liverpool corner. Elyopunousse tried to get a header away but he headed it to Matip who did well to guide the ball inside the net with a looping header. McCarthy was at full stretch but could not prevent the goal.

65' Liverpool Sub: IN- Divock Origi OUT: Harvey Elliott

64' Ward-Prowse tries to send Walker-Peters clear with a through ball but the pass had too much weight on it. Alisson comes out and gets the ball to safety.

62' Shot- Curtis Jones tries to curl the ball to the far-post from outside the box but he does not get enough bend. A disappointing effort in the end.

58' Block- Liverpool plays a short corner and the ball falls t0 Harvey Elliott. Elliott goes for a low curler but his effort is blocked.

56' Close- Harvey Elliott, one on one with McCarthy goes for power rather than placement. His shot lashes the side-netting. A dink may have worked better as the Southampton keeper was off his line.

55' It is another phase of relentless Liverpool attacking and the Saints are getting choked inside their own half.

54' Southampton with a counter attack- Ward-Prowse tries to find Elyounousse but his final ball is disappointing as it is straight to Alisson.

51' James Ward-Prowse, usually excellent with freekicks, cannot clear the wall this time with his effort.

50' Broja seemed like he was clear to run clear after a lofted ball but Milner's foul brings him down.

48' Close- Tsimikas' low cross from the left finds Jota. Jota shoots low at the far-post but he misses the target by a whisker. McCarthy was well beaten.

46' Liverpool Sub: IN- Jordan Henderson OUT- Joe Gomez.

We are back for the second half!

Half-time ! (Southampton 1-1 Liverpool)

45+3' Gomez is back on his feet and looks okay to continue.

45+1' Gomez has taken a knock after his clash with Tella and is currently getting medical attention.  It does not look serious but Henderson is warming up just in case.

Two additional minutes!

45' Broja chases the ball but McCarthy gets to it before he does and clears the ball.

42' Tsimikas' cross inside the box is cleared fairly easily. Liverpool players are attacking in numbers and Southampton cannot get out of its own half.

40' Gomez sends a low cross inside the box. Firmino tries to get to the ball but cannot. McCarthy gathers the ball.

37' Shot- Diallo loses the ball to Tsimikas. The latter passes the ball to Firmino who takes the shot. However, the effort is not on target.

34' Firmino had a chance to put the ball inside the net after Elliott's cross but Ward-Prowse is there to clear the ball for a corner.

32' Liverpool has found its footing in the game and is doing most of the attacking right now.

30' Shot- Liverpool's Jones takes a shot on the turn but his effort is nowhere near the target.

27' GOOOOAAALLL!!! LIVERPOOL EQUALIZES!! IT IS MINAMINO!! Jota plays a wonderful through ball to Minamino who controls it, looks up and lashes the ball high into the net at McCarthy's near-post.

26' Walker-Peters had time and space to send a ball inside the box but he does not release the ball on time and loses possession of the ball.

25' Liverpool enjoying most of the ball. It is trying to find an opening in the Southampton defence. The Saints are back defending in numbers.

22' Gomez takes a tumble inside the box and asks for a penalty but the referee waves away the demand.

18' Firmino puts the ball inside the net but the goal is ruled out for offside. Southampton can breathe for the moment.

16' Jota has a chance to get a shot away but Lyanco makes a wonderful challenge to send the ball out for a corner.

13' GOOOAAALLL!! SOUTHAMPTON SCORES!! IT IS REDMOND!! Redmond cut inside from the left flank and got a curling shot away from the edge of the box. The shot took a deflection and ended up inside the net.

10' Save- Southampton's first attack of the match involves a wonderful solo run by Broja. He is played a wonderful ball by Walker-Peters and makes his way into the box. He does get his shot aaway but Alisson makes himslef big to get a glove to the ball.

9' Konate, after getting some medical attention, is okay to continue. He is waiting in the sidelines waiting for the referee to allow him on the pitch.

8' A momentary halt in play as Konate is down inside Southampton's box.

7' First proper attack by Liverpool, which began with Salisu loosing the ball. It is Liverpool's first corner in the match.

4' It is a slow start to the game by the Reds. Jurgen Klopp's men do not have that fluidity in their style of play.

2' It is a very different Liverpool side with Klopp making nine changes from his FA Cup final starting XI against Chelsea.

1' Kick-off

12:15 am- And we are underway!

12:00 am- Stat attack!

  • Liverpool has won eight of its last nine Premier League games against Southampton and has scored at least two goals in each of its victories during this period.
  • Southampton won this exact fixture by a 1-0 margin last season and has a chance to notch consecutive home victories against Liverpool for the first time in nine years.
  • Southampton's eight Premier League victories against Liverpool at the St. Mary's Stadium have come under eight different managers.

11:45 pm- 30 minutes till kick-off!

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Southampton fans arrive at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium.   -  Getty Images

 

11:30 pm- Form Guide (Last five matches)

Southampton

  • Won 3-0 against Brentford (a)
  • Lost 2-1 against Crystal Palace (h)
  • Drew 2-2 against Brighton and Hove Albion (a)
  • Lost 2-0 against Burnely (a)
  • Won 1-0 against Arsenal (h)

Liverpool

  • Won the FA Cup final against Chelsea 6-5 on penalties
  • Won 2-1 against Aston Villa in the Premier League (a)
  • Drew 1-1 against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. (a)
  • Won 3-2 against Villarreal in the second leg of the Champions League semifinal (a)
  • Won 1-0 against Newcastle in the Premier League (a)

*(h)- Home (a)- Away

11:17 pm- Lineups are out!

Southampton XI: McCarthy (GK), Walker-Peters, Lyanko, Stephens, Salisu, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Elyounoussi, Tella, Broja.

Manager: Ralph Hasenhuttl

Liverpool XI: Alisson (GK), Gomez, Matip, Konate, Tsimikas, Milner, Jones, Elliott, Minamino, Jota, Firmino.

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

11:00 pm: Head-to-head record!

Liverpool enjoys a good record against Southampton. It has won 59 of the 115 matches between the two teams compared to Southampton's 31 victories.

MATCH PREVIEW

Liverpool is still assessing the fitness of Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk ahead of Tuesday's Premier League trip to Southampton where it could close the gap on leader Manchester City to one point, manager Jurgen Klopp said on Monday.

Forward Salah and defender Van Dijk were substituted during Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea, which Liverpool won on penalties to lift their second trophy of the season.

"The process is not finished yet because we only played the 120 minutes two days ago... We have a lot of decisions," Klopp told a news conference.

"Those extra 30 minutes made a big difference... We will have to make changes, I don't know how many."

Klopp added that defensive midfielder Fabinho, who missed the win over Chelsea with a hamstring injury, will remain sidelined for the game at St Mary's Stadium.

READ: Alisson Becker: Liverpool's focus is not on Manchester City, but itself

"His recovery is going very well, but he will not be involved tomorrow," the German said.

Liverpool trails reigning champion Manchester City by four points with two games left but Klopp said he did not expect Pep Guardiola's side, which drew 2-2 at West Ham United on Sunday, to slip up again when it hosts Aston Villa this weekend.

"There is a chance (of winning the league) but is there a big chance? I don't know the last time City dropped points two games in a row," Klopp said.

"Aston Villa play midweek as well (at home to Burnley), which they are not used to, so I don't expect (City) to drop points there. But this has no influence on our game for tomorrow. In an ideal world, we go into the last match one point behind."

Southampton is 15th in the table with 40 points after a run of one win in 10 games hampered its hopes of a top-10 finish.

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Ralph Hasenhuttl's side beat Liverpool when it hosted the Merseyside club last season and the Austrian said it will look to repeat the result and leave its mark on the title chase.

"It's fantastic for the Premier League to have such a close title race. Everybody is electrified from this battle and we are now part of this duel," Hasenhuttl said. "It's now up to us to show we can be competitive against a top team.

"I have not often won against Jurgen so that was a special moment for me. We have a similar way of playing football and big respect for each other.

"We are up against possibly the best team in the world at the moment. As long as Jurgen sees he still has a chance of winning the league, he will go for it with everything he has."

Via Reuters

Where can you watch the match?

The Southampton vs Liverpool match will kick-off at 12:15 am and will be telecast live on the Star Network (SD and HD). It will also be live streamed in the OTT Platform, Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.