Liverpool aim to keep top four hopes alive

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2020-21 English Premier League

Matchday 35 of 38

Liverpool vs Southampton 

Liverpool, England
Saturday, 08 May 2021
Kick-off is at 20:15 
Liverpool will be aiming to keep their slim hopes of a top four finish alive when they host Southampton in a 2020-21 English Premier League match at Anfield on Saturday evening. 
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuettl
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The Reds have recovered in recent weeks after a dismal run of results which not only ended their hopes of retaining the league title they won last season, but put them in serious danger of missing out on Uefa Champions League football. 
Liverpool are unbeaten in five, but have drawn their two most recent matches 1-1. As a result, they have slipped down to seventh and sit seven points behind Chelsea in fourth spot on the league standings. 

"We will challenge them [league leaders Manchester City] again next year but this year we can only finish our season as good as possible and we have nothing to do with semi finals and finals," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. 

"It always becomes harder because City never stops. That is clear. They did not stop and they will not stop. 

"Manchester United is coming up definitely, everyone can see that. Chelsea is obviously in a brilliant place, a top squad. We  have to deal with all the other teams who are outstandingly strong but still go under the radar like Leicester City.

"Nobody should write off Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal. Obviously West Ham United is now flying. How can it be easier? It is not only City," Klopp added. 
Southampton themselves have endured a tough run of results of late. The Saints have only won three league games in 2021 following a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City last time out. As a result, Ralph Hasenhuettl's troops dropped down 15th, having occupied a place in the top four late last year. 
Southampton forward Danny Ings
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A solitary strike from Danny Ings led Southampton to a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the reverse fixture at St Mary's Stadium earlier this season. 

Liverpool vs Southampton head-to-head statistics:

Matches played: 90
Liverpool wins: 45
Southampton wins: 24
Draws: 21

English Premier League fixtures, matchday 35:

Friday, 07 May
20:00 - Leicester City vs Newcastle United 
Saturday, 08 May 
12:30 - Leeds United vs Tottenham Hotspur 
15:00 - Sheffield United vs Crystal Palace
17:30 - Manchester City vs Chelsea 
20:15 - Liverpool vs Southampton 
Sunday, 09 May
12:00 - Wolves vs Brighton & Hove Albion
14:05 - Aston Villa vs Manchester United 
16:30 - West Ham United vs Everton 
19:00 - Arsenal vs West Bromwich Albion  

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Published: 05/05/2021