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 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
Although his injury list has not been painstakingly-long, Brendan Rodgers will have been annoyed that many of the problems were not expected to be cleared before 2013, but there has been good news for one player.
Lucas Leiva (thigh) has managed just two Premier League appearances all season and was not initially expected back until mid-to-late December, but the Brazilian looks set to be available for selection on Saturday, though he may not start.
Martin Kelly (knee) continues to miss out and will not be back 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, neither of which being certain starters.
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 came out victorious in three of their previous four league meetings with Liverpool.
Nigel Adkins’ side have been involved in 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.
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.
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Top 3 Predictions
Liverpool 3-0 Southampton
- 20.62 %
Liverpool 2-0 Southampton
- 15.32 %
Liverpool 3-1 Southampton
- 11.31 %
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Sep 21, 2013||Liverpool 0 - Southampton 1|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Mar 16, 2013||Southampton 3 - Liverpool 1|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Dec 1, 2012||Liverpool 1 - Southampton 0|
|Dec 7, 2013||Liverpool 4 - West Ham 1||EPL|
|Dec 4, 2013||Liverpool 5 - Norwich City 1||EPL|
|Dec 1, 2013||Hull 3 - Liverpool 1||EPL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Everton 3 - Liverpool 3||EPL|
|Nov 9, 2013||Liverpool 4 - Fulham 0||EPL|
|6||Jose Rocha Fonte||Defender|
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.
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.