Liverpool enter the last game of the season locked into 5th place on the table and a Europa League spot. The Reds travel to Southampton on May 28th who are at the bottom of the table and will be relegated next season. But there are still plenty of reasons to watch as Liverpool hope to move into the off-season with some momentum.
A Final Curtain Call
While the four players leaving the club received an emotional sendoff at Anfield during the last match, this game will mark the final time they will don a Liverpool shirt. As hard as it is for supporters to see them leave, it is likely even more so for their teammates.
“These are great players, played a minimum of five years for the club and the three of them won everything at the club,” Fabinho told LFC's official website. “I didn't expect this moment to arrive because for me Bobby (Roberto Firmino) means Liverpool but unfortunately we have to say goodbye. I remember, Naby Keita and I arrived together at the club. I always loved to play with him because we understand each other really well, and we will miss him. Ox (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain), since my arrival he struggled a little bit with injuries – when I arrived his knee was injured. But he was a really nice guy as well, nice to be around and nice to play together as well. When a new midfielder arrives at a club, you never know the way the other midfielders will treat you, how their reaction will be. But Mille (James Milner) didn't care that I was a midfielder, that I was fighting for a position with him, he was really nice to me.”
Scouting The Saints
To say that Southampton have had a tough season is an understatement. They sit at the bottom of the table with only 6 wins and 24 points for the campaign. It will be the first time the club has been relegated since the 2004-05 season. They have a pair of players who have scored 10 goals each but otherwise have trouble finding the back of the net. You know Southampton will want to leave their fans a good impression before being demoted, so they will give a top effort. It is important to grab an early lead to banish any thoughts of a massive upset.
Streaking Into The Offseason
Liverpool have been one of the more consistent clubs in world football since Jürgen Klopp arrived at Anfield. A result in this match would mean the Reds would carry an 11-match unbeaten streak into next season. While that's certainly not as noteworthy as the 44-match streak the Reds enjoyed from January 12, 2019, through February 29th, 2020, it is significant considering the struggles and the injuries they had this year and they certainly don't want to see it snapped.
LFC Globe Verdict
While some may see this as a meaningless match, there is still plenty to play for. Aside from the reasons outlined above, Mohamed Salah is seeking yet another 20-goal season in the Premier League and other players are reaching for milestones as well. In addition, after this match, it will be a while before we see our beloved Reds take to the pitch again, so let's make the most of this opportunity.
Prediction: Liverpool 3 Southampton 0
Where To Watch
Kickoff is set for 16:30 BST and was originally set to broadcast on SKY Sports, but they chose a game with more impact on the table. Viewers in the USA can steam the action on Peacock Premium while fans in Canada can do the same via fuboTV. A full list of streaming options is available by visiting LFC Globe's Live Streams page.