PL2 Preview: Liverpool vs Saints

By SFC Media time Fri 20 Nov Liverpool vs Saints
Photo by Isabelle Field

It’s a return to Premier League 2 action for Dave Horseman’s Southampton B team, who travel to face Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.

THE MATCH

Liverpool U23s vs Saints B
Premier League 2
Liverpool Academy
Saturday 21st November, 1pm GMT

Looking to make it three wins from win in all competitions, Saints face one of the toughest tests of the season so far with the visit to high flying Liverpool.

Saturday’s hosts lie second in the table with 15 points from seven games, beating West Ham United 4-2 away from home last time out.

But Horseman’s side will go into the game with plenty of confidence following back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Following their 5-2 win over Manchester City in PL2, a youthful Saints B side struck late to win 2-1 at League One side MK Dons on Wednesday night.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Jake Vokins of Southampton goal celebration during the Premier League 2 match between Southampton FC B Team and Manchester City at Staplewood Training Ground on November 07, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images) (Photo by Isabelle Field/Isabelle Field)
Jake Vokins celebrates scoring against Manchester City last time out in PL2.

LAST MEETING

Saints came up against a Liverpool side with plenty of experience the last time these two teams met in January.

The hosts stormed towards a 5-0 victory at the Liverpool Academy, with goals from Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones, Liam Millar and a double from Joseph Hardy.

In terms of goals it matched what was seen at Staplewood in the season’s earlier fixture, where a crowd of 158 saw six goals at the end of August.

Will Smallbone and Dan N’Lundulu scored for Saints as Liverpool came away with a 4-2 win from their visit to Hampshire.

 

MANAGER’S NOTES

Horseman spoke following his side’s win at MK Dons on Wednesday, saying: “The boys were out on their feet at the end, some real young players who have played at this level.

“To win it, not just late but by tackling the goalkeeper – which if I’m being honest was the game plan all along – and to score two goals by tackling the goalkeeper. It’s one of those really, really good nights.

“We’re not having a break. The England Under-18 coach has watched us three or four times now, really likes the way we play as we are quite unique compared to some teams.

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: David Horseman Southampton B Team head coach during the Papa John's Trophy match between MK Dons FC and Southampton FC B Team at Stadium MK on November 11, 2020 in Milton Keynes , England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images) (Photo by Isabelle Field/Isabelle Field)
Dave Horseman on the touchline at Stadium MK.

“He [Kevin Betsy] has invited us to go to St George’s Park and play the England Under-18s, so we don’t have a weekend off, we’ll go again.”

Saints went on to draw 1-1 with the National side’s Under-18s last weekend; James Morris equalising after an opening Nile John penalty before England went on to win 4-2 on penalties.

On the upcoming opponents, Horseman was keen to reiterate the need to improve on last year’s showing.

“We’ll go up to Liverpool, who absolutely battered us last year, and we need to go and give a better representation of the club this time.”

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