EPL: Liverpool beat Southampton 2-1 to keep hope alive

EPL: Liverpool beat Southampton 2-1 to keep final day dream alive

Liverpool’s hope for the EPL has been extended till the last day following a 2-1 victory against Southampton this evening.

Nathan Redmond’s looping attempt deflected in off James Milner gave the Saints the lead after 13 minutes.

Jurgen Klopp made nine changes from Saturday’s FA Cup final triumph, and one of them pulled Liverpool back into the game just before the half-hour mark.

Takumi Minamino rifled in at the near post to equalize for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The Reds went into the game knowing they needed to win to be declared Premier League champions on the last day.

Manchester City entered the evening four points ahead with a higher goal differential, which meant a draw would have all but clinched a fourth title in five years.

Liverpool’s Joe Gomez was injured at halftime, and with Trent Alexander-Arnold unavailable, he was replaced by captain Jordan Henderson.

Southampton stayed compact in the second half but came undone from a corner after relentless Liverpool pressure.

Joel Matip headed home after Mohammed Elyounoussi unsuccessfully cleared his lines.

It means the title race will now be decided on Sunday, with Liverpool hosting Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield and City welcoming Aston Villa to the Etihad.

Liverpool has already won the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup, and they will meet Real Madrid in the Champions League final later this month.

Klopp recently criticized Liverpool’s match calendar, stating that his squad should have been permitted to play on Wednesday.

That is the day of the Europe League final, which will pit Rangers against Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville.

“[We played] 120 minutes on Saturday, then we play Tuesday. Come on,” he fumed. We could have played Wednesday but can’t because of the Europa League final, right?

“Ahhh, UEFA, my friends! We could have played Thursday?! I have to sit here and say this.

“Nobody thinks about it apart from me.”

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