By Gary Fulcher.
Liverpool’s eight game unbeaten run in the league came to an end at White Hart Lane on Wednesday evening with a 1-2 loss to Tottenham Hotspur. Next up for Brendan Rodgers’ side is a home match against Nigel Adkins’ Southampton, 3pm kick off UK time.
Southampton are embarking on a four game unbeaten run – two draws, two wins – after having started their first season in the Premier League since 2004/05 with eight defeats in their first ten games. The Saints have won one of their previous six league games away from home this campaign – a 3-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers – while Liverpool have won just two of their seven league games at Anfield this season; a 1-0 victory over Reading and a 3-0 triumph over Wigan Athletic.
The last time the two sides met at Anfield in December 2004, Liverpool secured a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Florent Sinama-Pongolle. That victory was our seventh in our last 13 meetings against the Saints at Anfield, suffering two defeats and four draws.
The match officials for this fixture are:
Referee: M Oliver; Assistants: S Long, C Breakspear; Fourth official: L Mason.
Fabio Borini (foot), Lucas (thigh) and Martin Kelly (knee) are all ruled out for Liverpool.
Richard Chaplow (knock), Frazer Richardson (thigh) and Danny Fox (knee) are all doubts for Southampton.
Goalkeepers: Reina, Jones, Gulacsi
Defenders: Johnson, Wisdom, Flanagan, Skrtel, Agger, Coates, Carragher, Enrique, Robinson
Midfielders: Sahin, Gerrard (c), Allen, Henderson, Downing, Shelvey, Sterling, Suso, Assaidi
Strikers: Suarez, Morgan, Yesil
Goalkeepers: Davis, Gazzaniga, Boruc
Defenders: Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fonte, Fox, Richardson, Shaw, Stephens, Butterfield
Midfielders: Schneiderlin, Davis, Ramirez, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Lallana (c), Chaplow, Chambers, Reeves, De Ridder
Strikers: Lambert, Rodriguez, Lee, Mayuka
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