PL2 Preview: Saints vs Liverpool

By SFC Media time Fri 19 Mar Saints vs Liverpool
Photo by Isabelle Field | Kazeem Olaigbe (R)

Southampton’s B team return to Snows Stadium this weekend, with the visit of Liverpool in Premier League 2.

THE MATCH

Saints vs Liverpool
Premier League 2
Snows Stadium
Sunday 21st March, 2pm GMT

After defeat at league leaders Manchester City last-time-out, Saints will be looking to bounce back as they welcome Liverpool to Snows Stadium.

Dave Horseman’s side have enjoyed games at their home ground so far this season, losing only three of their seven games so far in Totton.

A much-needed win to put aside Monday’s defeat at City would see Saints rise above 11th placed Leicester if the Foxes fail to beat bottom side West Ham.

Liverpool will also look for a response during Sunday’s fixture as they were frustrated at home by West Ham last-time-out.

The Hammers took the lead just shy of the quarter-hour mark, before Conor Bradley scored five minutes before the break.

A win for Sunday’s opponents could see them leapfrog Merseyside rivals Everton into seventh spot.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo(L) of Southampton during the Premier League 2 match between Manchester City and Southampton B Team at the City Football Academy on March 15, 2021 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo (L) battles for possession during Monday's defeat at Man City.

LAST MEETING

It’s somewhat of a rarity to see a 0-0 played out in Premier League 2. But that’s exactly what happened when Saints and Liverpool last met at the back end of November.

Saints proved effective at both ends of the field on the day, with keeper Kingsley Latham making a string of impressive saves to deny the hosts.

Meanwhile the likes of Tyreke Johnson and Alex Jankewitz had chances of their own which came bitterly close to deciding the even affair.

With Liverpool only having lost twice at that stage of the season, it was certainly a point well-earned for Horseman and his side.

MANAGER’S NOTES

Luckily for Horseman and his side they only had to wait six days to put right the heavy defeat at City on Monday afternoon.

According to the B team head coach, it’s been a productive six days for both coaching staff and players.

“Obviously after a terrible second half performance vs City we are looking from a big reaction from the team and certain individuals,” he said.

“We have had some frank and honest conversations with the players and reminded them of the standards that have been set over the course of the season and the chance to react against a good team.

“Liverpool are a really good side with excellent individuals like Ben Woodburn who have been playing recently.”

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