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Liverpool learn who they will face in the FA Cup Fifth Round

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By Shrishh Attavar

Liverpool to face Southampton in FA Cup Fifth Round

Liverpool FC’s journey in the FA Cup continues with an intriguing fifth-round clash against Southampton, following their commanding 3-0 victory in the replay against Watford. The draw against Southampton came at half-time during the Reds’ FA Cup fourth-round match against Norwich, setting the stage for an exciting encounter at Anfield.

Official update here. The upcoming fixture, scheduled for an 8PM [GMT] kickoff on Wednesday, February 28th, promises to be a captivating affair, especially considering its proximity to the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea and the subsequent Premier League fixture against Nottingham Forest. It presents another opportunity for Liverpool to showcase their depth and resilience across multiple competitions but at the cost of potential injury issues.

Facing Southampton holds particular significance for Liverpool, given their history of encounters over the years. The memory of the dramatic 4-4 draw at St Mary’s on the final day of the Premier League last season lingers, serving as a reminder of the unpredictability and excitement often associated with clashes between these two sides. Moreover, it was the last game for the club for multiple players including Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson and James Milner.

It was indeed a memorable game when Liverpool faced Southampton last time.
It was indeed a memorable game when Liverpool faced Southampton last time.

Under the management of Russell Martin, Southampton have undergone a period of transition, with the former MK Dons and Swansea boss bringing his tactical acumen and innovative approach to the club. While Liverpool have historically enjoyed dominance over Southampton during Jurgen Klopp’s tenure, including memorable victories and remarkable comebacks, they cannot afford to underestimate their opponents.

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Despite currently plying their trade in the Championship, Southampton remain a formidable opponent, boasting a squad comprised of seasoned Premier League players. Their recent form in the Championship, with four wins in their last five league games, underscores their resilience and determination to compete at the highest level.

Since Jurgen Klopp‘s appointment at Liverpool, the Saints have only won four games against the Reds, the most recent of which came in January 2021 in a 1-0 win at St. Marys. Given the game is still 20 days away, it is early doors to call for team news and provide an injury update. Southampton’s ability to challenge and disrupt their opponents cannot be overlooked, and Klopp’s side must be prepared to weather any challenges they may pose. Key players for the Saints include Che Adams, who scored against Watford, Kyle Walker-Peters and the main man Adam Armstrong.

Adam Armstrong is one of Southampton's most important players.
Adam Armstrong is one of Southampton’s most important players.

With their sights set on success in both domestic and European competitions, every match becomes a crucial stepping stone towards achieving their objectives for Jurgen Klopp and Co.

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As the countdown to the clash with Southampton begins, Liverpool will undoubtedly be working tirelessly to ensure they are fully prepared to face whatever challenges come their way. It is key to avoid any injuries and make sure we are firing on all cylinders to ensure the most successful season possible.