Liverpool defeats Southampton and keeps its struggle with City for the last round |  Arab News

Books – Omar Qura:

Liverpool kept its hopes of competing for the Premier League title with a difficult victory over its host Southampton 2-1 on Tuesday evening in the penultimate 37th round of the competition.

Liverpool raised its score to 89 points, to maintain a one-point difference with leaders Manchester City, and the struggle continues between the two teams for the Premier League title until the last round of the competition.

On the other hand, Southampton’s balance froze at 40 points after receiving the third loss in a row to remain in the 15th place in the English Premier League table.

The league title is scheduled to be decided next Sunday when Liverpool hosts Wolverhampton and Manchester City plays its guest Aston Villa, where the matches of the last round will be held at the same time at five o’clock in the evening.

Liverpool needs to win its last league match with Manchester City losing or drawing, while Manchester City is enough to win its last match to win the title.

Liverpool is still competing for the Champions League title, as it will play the final against Real Madrid on the 28th of this month.

German coach Jurgen Klopp won the bet after entering the match against Southampton with the Liverpool bench, where he made nine changes in the formation he announced in the absence of Egyptian star Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk due to injury, in addition to resting Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Southampton opened the scoring in the 13th minute through Nathan Redmond, after leading a counter-attack to penetrate the area and launch a powerful shot that hit James Milner’s foot before hitting Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

And in the 27th minute, Liverpool managed to adjust the result with a goal scored by Takumi Minamino, after receiving a ground pass from Diogo Jota inside the area to hit Southampton with a strong shot, refusing to celebrate against his former team.

In the 67th minute, Liverpool took the lead through Joel Matip, who took advantage of a corner kick sent by Tsimikas to be converted by the Cameroon defender with a header to hit the ball with Kyle Walker-Peters and net Southampton, making the score (2-1) for the Reds.

Liverpool lineup: Alisson Becker, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate, Konstantinos Tsimikas, James Milner, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Takumi Minamino, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino.

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