Sports Desk, May 17 (EFE).- Liverpool came from behind Tuesday to edge Southampton 2-1 and go just a point behind Premier League leaders Manchester City heading into the season finale next weekend.
City, with 90 points, control their own destiny. A victory at home to Aston Villa will be enough to assure Pep Guardiola’s men of a second straight league title and their fourth in the last five years.
The Reds, meanwhile, must defeat Wolverhampton at Anfield and hope that Villa – with former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard as coach – can take at least 1 point at the Etihad.
Jürgen Klopp made nine changes to the side that beat Chelsea on penalties last Saturday in the FA Cup final and left Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, and Trent Alexander-Arnold out of the squad entirely with an eye on the domestic finale and the May 28 Champions League final against Real Madrid.
The Saints took the lead in the 13th minute thanks to Nathan Redmond, who beat Alisson with a brilliant strike.
Roberto Firmino saw his apparent equalizer six minutes later disallowed for an offside, but Takumi Minamino brought the visitors level in the 27th minute.
After wasting several chances, Liverpool went ahead in the 67th minute on a header from Joel Matip and that proved sufficient to claim all 3 points. EFE msg/dr