Liverpool came from one goal in dramatic fashion to beat Southampton at St Mary’s on Tuesday night, reducing Manchester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League to just one point with one game left in the 2021-22 season.
Jurgen Klopp picked an XI with significant changes from the side that beat Chelsea on penalties in Saturday’s FA Cup final, with Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah out with nursing injuries and Sadio Mane quit completely the team.
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Nathan Redmond put the hosts in front early with an exquisite individual effort, cutting from the left flank and curling in a shot that deflected Liverpool’s James Milner the ball slightly past Allison.
Liverpool equalized before the half-hour mark, however, when Takumi Minamino smashed his shot near the post into the roof of Southampton’s net after being played on goal by Diogo Jota.
Joel Matip scored with the most unlikely header to put Liverpool ahead in the 67th minute, leaning into his defender and redirecting a deflected corner past Saints keeper Alex McCarthy to put his side on course for the three points.
The result leaves defending champions Man City needing a victory on Sunday against Aston Villa – managed by Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard – to secure a fourth Premier League title under Pep Guardiola.
If City lose or draw, however, the door would be open for Liverpool, who were 14 points behind in the table on January 15, to take over on the final day of the season with a win over Wolves at Anfield. .
Liverpool also have a Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 28 in Paris to contend with as their hopes of finishing the season with four major trophies remain alive.