The Reds know they must win at St Mary’s tonight to keep the Premier League title race alive heading into the final day of the season.
It’s level at the break though, with Takumi Minamino cancelling out Nathan Redmond’s early opening goal.
Manchester City’s draw at West Ham, which saw the top-flight leaders come from two goals down and then Riyad Mahrez miss a potentially match-winning penalty, means Liverpool sit four points off the pace with a game – tonight’s – in hand. Even a draw is not enough given City’s seven-goal advantage in goal difference.
Despite the high stakes, Jurgen Klopp ruled both Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk out of the game despite the pair seemingly overcoming injury scares from the FA Cup Final. With the Champions League Final also on the horizon, the Liverpool boss has made nine changes – Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane miss out on the squad entirely too.
For Southampton, they are signing off on a miserable run of one win in their previous 10 league games and seeing out the season at an amble, though may sense an opportunity against a weakened Liverpool side in their final home game of the season.
With kick-off at 7.45pm BST, follow all the action from St Mary’s below!
All to play for
Premier League title race, relegation battle, race for Champions League and Europa League spots…
Still plenty to play for all throughout the table on the final day. Set up to be a thriller on Sunday!
Liverpool close to within a point of Manchester City then. They host Wolves on Sunday, while Man City welcome Aston Villa to the Etihad.
Jurgen Klopp’s side need City to drop points, otherwise there’s nothing they can do.
FT: Southampton 1-2 Liverpool
The title race is going to the final day!
Liverpool with nine changes but they do just about enough to get the job done, as Matip gets the winner.
90 minutes to go in the season and it’s still to be decided.
90 mins: Southampton have burst into life at long last, winning a corner as we tick into stoppage time.
Three minutes added time. Will be more than that, as Milner goes down with cramp.
89 mins: Redmond trying to inject some pace… cuts inside and fires at goal, which Alisson collects at the second time of asking.
Southampton try and keep the attack going, Adams can’t control Lyanco’s ball forward though. Saints fans continue to urge their side forward.
85 mins: Lyanco gets incredibly lucky – tries to flick it over Origi on the edge of the box and the Liverpool striker wins it back.
He would have been clean through on goal but the referee decides Origi had fouled Lyanco. Minimal contact.
83 mins: More boos and now more changes. Keita on for Firmino, while Southampton bring on Adams for Broja.
Liverpool fans in fine voice, as you’d expect. Their side has made nine changes but looks set to take the title race to the final day.
81 mins: Liverpool still getting as much time as they want on the ball in defence and midfield. No need for Henderson to rush anything – Southampton fans trying to urge their side forward, boos ringing out.
It would be fair to say St Mary’s is unimpressed with the intent.
78 mins: Bit more space in the game now, as Southampton commit bodies forward. Still not massively going for it though.
Very much easier said than done!