Ronald Koeman sends warning shot to Liverpool ahead of clash

The Southampton manager has admitted his side will go out to win the encounter at St Mary’s, which would be a blow to the Reds.

Liverpool have gotten back to top form over recent months, with Brendan Rodgers’ men firmly in the hunt for a top four finish and making progress in the FA Cup and Europa League.

The Merseysiders beat top-four rivals Tottenham in their last Premier League game and will face another consider challenge this weekend as they travel to Southampton.

The Saints are currently in fourth place, four points ahead of the Merseysiders in the battle for qualification for next season’s Champions League.

Ronald Koeman has admitted that his team will go out to win tomorrow’s clash, which would be a major blow for Liverpool if it comes to fruition.

“Do you think I’m thinking about losing a game? No way,” Koeman stated in yesterday’s press conference, published in The Guardian.

“I’m thinking about winning the game, I’m not negative. I’m surprised they have four points less than we have and to come closer they have to win.”

Despite Southampton struggling in recent fixtures against Swansea and West Ham, Koeman backed his attacking players to break Liverpool down on Sunday.

“I believe in the quality of my players and it’s a good time to score goals and create more than in the last two games,” he continued.

“If they come to play offensively then we can be dangerous but if they defend with every player it is more difficult and there is no space for us to attack.”

The Reds are coming off the back of a European fixture on Thursday night, where Mario Balotelli’s penalty gave them a 1-0 victory over Besiktas.

Losing at St Mary’s would see a sizeable gap opened up between the Merseysiders and the top four, which could well be insurmountable.

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