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

Liverpool - Southampton Preview: Reds aiming for only their fifth Anfield Premier League win of 2012

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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

  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

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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Available Squads
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
31Raheem SterlingMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
7Luis SuárezStriker
1Bradley JonesGoalkeeper
23Jamie CarragherDefender
47Andre Wisdom Defender
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
30SusoMidfielder
25Paulo GazzanigaGoalkeeper
2Nathaniel ClyneDefender
3Maya YoshidaDefender
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
23Luke ShawDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
10G. RamírezMidfielder
18Jack CorkDefender
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
-Rickie LambertStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
26Jos HooiveldDefender
38Ben ReevesDefender
8Steven DavisMidfielder
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
9Jay RodriguezStriker
24Emmanuel MayukaStriker
Players to Watch
José Enrique
José Enrique
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 3
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Paulo Gazzaniga
Paulo Gazzaniga
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
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.
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