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    Tuesday, 17 May 2022

    Southampton 1-2 Liverpool: Reds take title race to final day

    A much-changed Liverpool side came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1 at St Mary's on Tuesday night

    Minamino levelled  the score for Liverpool at St. James Park

    After the exertions of beating Chelsea on penalties in the FA Cup final on Saturday, Liverpool made nine changes for the trip to the south coast and were without injured Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk. Out-of-form Southampton sensed an opportunity and Nathan Redmond stunned the visitors with just 13 minutes on the clock

    That goal will have sparked celebrations among Manchester City supporters, with Pep Guardiola's side set to be crowned champions had Liverpool gone on to lose - but their response was impressive.

    Takumi Minamino lashed in at the near post to pull them level (27) on his first Premier League start of the season and Joel Matip completed the turnaround (67), deflecting the ball in from Kyle Walker-Peters' defensive header from a corner.

    The victory means FA Cup and Carabao Cup winners Liverpool move on to 89 points with just one game to play, a point behind leaders City.

    They will now hope former captain Steven Gerrard can do them a favour when his Aston Villa side go to the Etihad on Sunday, with Liverpool taking on Wolves at Anfield.

    City will clinch the title if they at least match Liverpool's result on the final day. A City defeat and Liverpool draw would also be enough for Guardiola's men, assuming City's loss to Villa did not cause a seven-goal swing on goal difference.

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