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  • 16 March 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Hampshire
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 32070
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Southampton - Liverpool Preview: Reds aim for fourth win on the trot for first time in over two years

Brendan Rodgers' side will be looking to continue their impressive recent form when they visit a ground where they have not tasted victory in over a decade

Mauricio Pochettino has a fully fit squad to choose from, with Steven Davis (illness) and Danny Fox (thigh) having returned following time spent on the sidelines.

The Southampton manager faces a selection headache over his back four, following Maya Yoshida's solid performance in an unfamiliar right-back position in the 0-0 draw at Norwich. The Japanese defender may retain his place in the team ahead of usual full-back Nathaniel Clyne.

The pace of Jason Puncheon may be preferred to the guile of Jay Rodriguez, who started on the wing at Carrow Road.

Pepe Reina faces a late fitness test after missing much of the last week's training due to a calf injury, meaning Brad Jones could keep his place in the Liverpool goal.

Brendan Rodgers admitted that Joe Allen will require surgery on a long-standing shoulder injury, but the Welshman could still be involved on Saturday.

The Reds manager has no further injury concerns, with Martin Skrtel now back in contention and challenging Jamie Carragher for a place in central defence.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Southampton have won three of their last four home games against Liverpool, with each victory coming by a 2-0 margin.

  • The Reds are aiming to win four consecutive Premier League games for the first time since February 2011.

  • Mauricio Pochettino has only won one of his seven games in charge since replacing Nigel Adkins - 3-1 at home to Manchester City.

  • Only Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard remain from the last time these two sides went head-to-head at St. Mary's, back in January 2005 

  • Southampton striker Rickie Lambert (pictured right) was a member of the Liverpool academy as a boy, and is a self-confessed Red.

  • Meanwhile, Adam Lallana admits to supporting Everton as a youngster, so will be especially keen to get one over Saturday's opponents.

  • Out of all the major European leagues, only Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, have scored more league goals than Luis Suarez so far this season.

  • With 19, Liverpool have had more shots per game than any other major European side, but average just under six on target.

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Available Squads
31Artur BorucGoalkeeper
2Nathaniel ClyneDefender
3Maya YoshidaDefender
26Jos HooiveldDefender
23Luke ShawDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
10G. RamírezMidfielder
18Jack CorkDefender
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
-Rickie LambertStriker
9Jay RodriguezStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
5Vegard ForrenDefender
8Steven DavisMidfielder
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
21Guilherme Do PradoMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
1Bradley JonesGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
10CoutinhoMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
7Luis SuárezStriker
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
42Peter GulacsiGoalkeeper
47Andre Wisdom Defender
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
30SusoMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
33Jordon IbeMidfielder
Players to Watch
Morgan Schneiderlin
Morgan Schneiderlin
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Frenchman plays a key role in defensive midfield for the Saints, and makes more tackles and interceptions than anyone else in the team. He will have his hands full on Saturday as he attempts to get close to the imperious Luis Suarez, who tends to drop into midfield in search of the ball. Schneiderlin's role in cutting off the supply to Suarez will be crucial if the hosts are to come away with a positive result.
Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The England international has added an extra dimension to a Liverpool attack that can sometimes suffer from an over-reliance on Suarez, as his inclusion forces opposition defenders to think twice about simply doubling up on the Uruguayan maestro. Having struggled with injuries recently, Sturridge will be hoping to benefit from the space his strike partner creates in order to remind everyone of his own goal-scoring prowess.
Prediction
The Saints have earned some excellent results against Arsenal, Everton and Manchester City in recent home games, and will be desperate to bounce back from defeat against QPR in their last match in front of their own fans. Expect them to challenge an in-form Liverpool side.
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