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  • 1 December 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 44525
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Liverpool - Southampton Preview: Reds aiming for only their fifth Anfield Premier League win of 2012

Brendan Rodgers' side take on Nigel Adkins' Saints who have been involved in games with more goals than any other team in the division after scoring 21 and conceding a further 31

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL

Reina
Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger
Johnson, Allen, Gerrard, Enrique
Sterling, Suarez, Suso
SOUTHAMPTON

Gazzaniga
Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw
Schneiderlin, Davis
Puncheon, Ramirez, Lallana
 
Lambert

Liverpool have received good news on the injury front with Lucas Leiva (thigh), who was not initially expected back until mid-to-late December, set to be available for selection on Saturday, though he may not start.

Martin Kelly (knee) continues to miss out and will not return before February, while Fabio Borini (foot) appears to have been ruled out of action for the rest of 2012 too, but should return in January.

Nigel Adkins has just about a full squad to pick from for the trip to Anfield on Saturday, with just two players expected to miss out.

Richard Chaplow (thigh) is still expected to be missing for another week or so, while Frazer Richardson (hip) will also have to continue his spell on the sidelines this weekend.

However, the potential return of Daniel Fox (knee) represents some good news for Adkins, with the defender set to undergo a fitness test on Friday and expected to at least travel with the squad on Saturday.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Southampton have emerged victorious in three of their previous four league meetings with Liverpool.

  • Nigel Adkins’ side have been involved in game with more goals than any side (52). Manchester United come closest to this with 51.

  • His team have also dropped more points from winning positions that any other club; 15.

  • Liverpool are the only team yet to score in the final 15 minutes of a Premier League match this season.

  • Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez (both pictured right) are the only players to have netted more than once for the Reds so far this season.

  • Five Saints players have managed more than one goal so far, and Rickie Lambert leads the pack with six strikes.

  • Since his £7 million move from Burnley in the summer, Jay Rodriguez has just the one league goal in 12 appearances.

  • Just 14 per cent of Liverpool’s crosses from open-play have been met by a team mate, the worst record in the division.

Players to watch

José Enrique

Position: Defender

Games: 3

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The Spaniard’s usual role sees him playing as an attack-minded left-back, however he has discovered a new lease of life in a more advanced role, probably helped by Stewart Downing’s inability to do a lot right since his move from Aston Villa.

Since moving to his midfield role, Enrique has not looked even slightly out of place, combining the attributes that make him a solid forward-thinking defender, but introducing them further forward, with the former Newcastle man always looking to supply danger-man Suarez.

P. Gazzaniga

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 0

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If Saints are to pick up three points then their attacking players such as Adam Lallana, Gaston Ramirez and Rickie Lambert will have to be on form, but if they are to get anything at all then goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga will need to do likewise.

The Argentine stopper has looked erratic since being given his Premier League debut against Aston Villa in September. One minute he might make a show-stopping save, but a few seconds later he will gift the opposition a goal, as he did in the 1-1 draw with Norwich on Wednesday, and if he cannot keep his concentration at Anfield, Suarez will make him pay.

Editor's Prediction

If this match did not involve Saints then it would be easy to point towards a low-scoring meeting, but even with their tighter looking defence it would be a surprise not to see both goalkeepers kept busy. However, despite a poor record at Anfield this year, Liverpool should come out on top.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Liverpool

Southampton

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
Draw
Southampton FC SOT
Southampton FC Southampton
85%

Top 3 Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
3 - 0
Southampton FC SOT
Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 0
Southampton FC SOT
Liverpool FC LIV
3 - 1
Southampton FC SOT

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