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EPL English Premier LeagueSouthampton 1-2 Liverpool

Southampton 1-2 Liverpool

After defeating Southampton 2-1 at St Mary’s, Liverpool leads the Premier League championship race entering the last game of the season.

The Reds’ comeback triumph has brought them within a point of Manchester City at the top of the league.

Nathan Redmond’s spectacular strike gave Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team a surprising lead.

Takumi Minamino answered with a close-range strike before Joel Matip secured the three points with a looping header that beat Alex McCarthy in the second half.

Liverpool will now rely on former captain Steven Gerrard and his Aston Villa club to do them a favour against Manchester City to win the Premier League.

Starting lineup:

SOUTHAMPTON (3-4-3): Alex McCarthy; Jack Stephens, Lyanco, Mohammed Salisu; Kyle Walker-Peters, James Ward-Prowse, Ibrahima Diallo, Nathan Tella; Nathan Redmond, Armando Broja, Mohamed Elyounoussi.

SOUTHAMPTON SUBS: Oriol Romeu, Shane Long, Adam Armstrong, Che Adams, Willy Caballero, Stuart Armstrong, Moussa Djenepo, Jan Bednarek, Yan Valery.

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate, Konstantinos Tsimikas; Curtis Jones, James Milner, Harvey Elliott; Takumi Minamino, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota.

LIVERPOOL SUBS: Thiago, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Luis Diaz, Andy Robertson, Divock Origi, Rhys Williams, Caoimhin Kelleher.

Goals:

GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! REDMOND SCORES A STUNNER!!!!! 1-0 SOUTHAMPTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Redmond bursts down the left flank before he cuts inside to curl an effort over Alisson into the top-right corner. Tella works the ball down the left flank for the winger’s run, and he raids into space. Redmond is allowed to be cut back by Gomez, and he takes his opportunity with a brilliant finish on his right foot.

GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! MINAMINO RESPONDS FOR LIVERPOOL!!!! 1-1!!! Minamino blasts home a strike from a tight angle to bring the Reds back on level terms. Gomez feeds a low ball into the feet of Jota, who brings it down with a brilliant first touch before releasing Minamino with his second into the inside-right channel. The forward makes no mistake with his finish by firing the ball with pace past McCarthy into the top-right corner.

GOALLLLLLLL!!!! MATIP FINDS THE NET!!!! 2-1 LIVERPOOL!!!! As Matip’s header loops over McCarthy into the top-right corner, the Reds take the lead. Tsimikas’ cross from a corner swings out towards the penalty spot, where Matip rises as Elyounoussi fails to clear the near post. He connects with an effort that deflects off Walker-Peters before it travels into the back of the net.

So, what’s next?

Liverpool takes on Wolves in their final match of the season at Anfield on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Southampton travels to face Leicester City.

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