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
By Ryan Benson
Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger
Johnson, Allen, Gerrard, Enrique
Sterling, Suarez, Suso
Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw
Puncheon, Ramirez, Lallana
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.
Of their 16 league matches at Anfield in 2012, the Reds have won just four.
Southampton and Liverpool are 16/1 to draw 2-2 with bet365.
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