One of the most entertaining matches of the season is normally Liverpool vs Southampton. Both clubs have top class players and there is not too much separating the two teams. In this article, I will predict which team will come out on top during the 20/17/18 EPL season.
Both Southampton and Liverpool will be disappointed by the season that they have had. The Reds should have been competing for the title instead of fighting to qualify for the Champions League. The Saints are going to finish mid table which is very disappointed as it means they have not moved forward this campaign.
If Southampton had managed to keep hold of their managers and players, they would surely be competing at the very least a place in the Champions League. Too many seasons have passed by where they have sold and if this trend continues they will never make progress. They remind me of how Tottenham Hotspur used to be as each season that went by they alway sold their star player.
The Saints manager has threatened to leave if any of his star players are sold during the summer transfer window, but after the disappointing campaign, they have had he is not in a position to make demands. The Southampton board are still to make up their mind if they should stay with Claude Puel or bring in a replacement. Too many changes over the last few years have taken place and they would be wise to bring in some consistency for a change.
Liverpool will only improve next season if they manage to keep hold of star players Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. All have an interest in them from big clubs across Europe and it is going to be a battle to keep all three at the club for next season. If they are able to do this and strengthen their defense they should be competing for the title.
Liverpool also needs to address a number of injuries their players get. It could be wise for them to shift on the injury prone players such as Daniel Sturridge. It would help the team a great deal been able to field the same set of players on a consistent basis.
It is hard making Liverpool vs Southampton predictions for next season as a lot will depend on a number of undecided factors. The Reds need to qualify for the Champions League or they could lose their star players and it would be harder to attract the big names to the club. The Saints need consistency and to keep the current squad together and not be tempted to cash in.
If you are wanting Liverpool vs Southampton tips then I would back the Reds to finish above the Saints yet again. Southampton needs to change their model of being a selling club to one that keeps their young players. They have one of the best academies in the world and if they can produce a few more stars they may be able to break into the top four.