On the final day of the 2022–23 Premier League season, Liverpool travels to already-relegated Southampton at St. Mary’s with nothing left to play for but pride after seeing the last of their top-four hopes extinguished on Thursday night.
Both teams’ final standings have already been determined, with Southampton destined for last place after a miserable season and Liverpool assured of finishing fifth.
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Although neither team is under much pressure, Man United must win to guarantee third place in the standings, and Ten Hag will want to enter the FA Cup final on the strength of a strong performance. We anticipate a close game on Sunday but think the Red Devils will ultimately come out on top.
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Due to their respective extremely disappointing seasons, Liverpool and Southampton will both be eager to put the 2022–23 season behind them as soon as possible.
The first two-thirds of the season did Liverpool the most harm, but they will head into the summer with some optimism after appearing to turn a corner with a current 10-match unbeaten streak.
Among them was a seven-game winning streak that was snapped at Anfield last time out against Aston Villa, a result that left their already tenuous Champions League hopes hanging by a thread.
Liverpool will play in the Europa League next season as a result of their lowest finish in any of Jurgen Klopp’s seven full seasons in charge, thanks to Manchester United’s rout of Chelsea on Thursday night, which put the top four out of reach.
Despite Klopp’s insistence that fifth place is still an accomplishment given where they were just a few months ago, it is clear that Anfield needs a rebuilding in the transfer market this summer, especially in the midfield.
Before that, despite nothing concrete depending on the game, a Liverpool team more accustomed to competing for the Premier League title on the final day in recent years will look to end a disappointing season on a high.
After only winning three of their first 15 road games this season, losing eight of them, the Reds have now won three straight Premier League away games, suggesting that their travel sickness is now behind them. In fact, if Liverpool wins on Sunday, their final four such contests would account for nearly half of their total away points for the entire season.
In addition, Klopp’s team has scored 11 goals in those three victories in a row, matching their total from their previous 13 away games. They will be confident of adding to that total against a team that has conceded 69 goals so far this year.
Indeed, Liverpool could hardly have chosen a better opponent for the championship game given that Southampton has been the subject of 10 of their last 11 victories in league play and has only allowed five goals in their last 13 games.
In addition, Liverpool has won each of its last six games played on the final day of a season dating back to 2015–16, while Southampton has dropped its last two and is now in very real danger of losing three straight games of this nature for the first time since a run of seven games that ended in 1939.
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Even more concerning for the hosts is the fact that even if they pull off a shock against the Merseysiders on Sunday, the Premier League’s bottom-place team has only triumphed on the season’s final day once in the previous 20 seasons.
Only Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored fewer goals this season, while the Saints have gone through three managers, won just six league games, and lost a league-high 25.
The team has already announced that current manager Ruben Selles will resign at the end of the current season after failing to build on a promising 1-0 victory over Chelsea in his first game in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Their relegation was confirmed with a whimper after they went 12 games without a win, the third-longest streak in league history, and lost each of their previous five games before Liverpool’s visit. That turned out to be one of just two victories he has experienced thus far.
Before this weekend, they may be able to take solace in the fact that the three points they have earned out of the last 36 available have strangely come against Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal, showing some potential for improving against the stronger teams in the division.
Even a victory on Sunday, however, wouldn’t erase the club’s disastrous season, and all eyes will be on how Russell Martin, the club’s anticipated new manager, can help them quickly recover from their first campaign in the second tier since 2011–12.
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Both managers might want to take the chance to say goodbye to some departing players since neither side has anything to fight for. Roberto Firmino, who scored in his final game at Anfield last weekend and was suitably serenaded by the home crowd, is the most notable departure confirmed so far. He will undoubtedly make his 362nd and final appearance for Liverpool at St Mary’s.
Injury will prevent Naby Keita from playing in his own farewell game, but James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, two free agents, may find themselves in key positions. If they do, it will be James Milner’s record-tying 16th final-day appearance in the Premier League.
Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, and Calvin Ramsay are still out injured, according to Klopp, who also confirmed that Ibrahima Konate (illness) and Andrew Robertson (groin) are both questionable for the game.
But Darwin Nunez is back in full training and ought to be accessible for the guests. With 11 goals and six assists since the start of March, Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any other player. He didn’t waste any time in publicly expressing his disappointment at missing out on Champions League football.
Since James Ward-Prowse, an English international, is widely anticipated to end his 20-year association with Southampton this summer as a result of the club’s relegation, the game may hold special significance for the hosts as it could be the last time the home crowd sees him wearing a Southampton shirt.
The club captain, who will start his 409th game for the Saints in midfield, has been a regular in the league this season and is probably one of several players who will say goodbye to the home crowd this weekend.
At the end of the current season, contracts for Mohamed Elyounoussi, Theo Walcott, and Willy Caballero expire, and moves for Romeo Lavia, Kyle Walker-Peters, and Che Adams have also been rumored.
Adams won’t play on Sunday because of a calf injury, and Selles said in his pre-game press conference that Mohammed Salisu, Juan Larios, and Armel Bella-Kotchap are also out for the contest. Paul Onuachu’s participation is also in doubt because of a back problem.
Romain Perraud is still out for a while, but Tino Livramento will make a brief appearance at the end of the game. Last weekend, he played against Brighton & Hove Albion for 20 minutes, marking his first action in 392 days after suffering a serious injury.
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