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TOPIC: Saints, away, Sunday 22nd Feb, KO 1615 UK

Saints, away, Sunday 22nd Feb, KO 1615 UK 2 years 2 months ago #302

Liverpool have the opportunity to reduce the gap between us and 4th placed Southampton on Sunday when we travel to St Mary’s; 4: 15pm kick off UK time. Victory for the Reds over Ronald Koeman’s sides will move us to within one point of the Saints and with Arsenal away to Crystal Palace and Tottenham at home to West Ham, the Reds can also improve their standing in the Premier League with victory over Southampton if their rivals for 4th drop points.

Liverpool defeated Southampton 2-1 on the opening day of the season with goals from Sterling and Sturridge either side of Clyne scoring for the Saints but the Reds lost six of their next 11 in the league with the Saints winning eight of their next 11, losing one and drawing twice. After the 12 game mark there was a 12 point gap in Southampton’s favour with Liverpool in 12th and Southampton in 2nd.

Since our defeat to Crystal Palace on November 23 our results and form have drastically improved. We’ve lost just one of our last 13 in the Premier League (that 0-3 defeat at Old Trafford), winning eight, drawing four, conceding 11 and scoring 21. We’ve kept seven clean sheets during that sequence, which is five more than what we had after 12 games and just three fewer than what we kept over the entirety of the 2013/14 league campaign.

The Saints suffered four consecutive defeats following their 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on November 24 but their record over the last nine league games following their 0-1 defeat at Burnley – on the same weekend we lost to Manchester Utd – is impressively similar to ours. They have lost one of their last nine in the league (a 0-1 reverse at home to Swansea), winning six and drawing two. They’ve scored 13 times and conceded four, keeping five clean sheets in the process.

Liverpool won the corresponding fixture last season 3-0 but that is just our second victory at Southampton in our last eight league visits (four defeats and two draws).

Liverpool’s overall league record against Southampton:

Total – P: 79 W: 38 D: 18 L: 23 F: 119 A: 91 GD: +28
Home – P: 40 W: 26 D: 9 L: 5 F: 71 A: 30 GD: +41
Away – P: 39 W: 12 D: 9 L: 18 F: 48 A: 61 GD: -13

Premier League form – last six matches home and away:

1st – Liverpool: P: 6 W: 4 D: 2 L: 0 F: 10 A: 4 Pts: 14
3rd – Southampton: P: 6 W: 4 D: 1 L: 1 F: 6 A: 2 Pts: 13

Premier League form – last six matches at home (Southampton) and away (Liverpool):

10th – Southampton: P: 6 W: 2 D: 2 L: 2 F:7 A: 4 Pts: 8
2nd – Liverpool: P: 6 W: 4 D: 1 L: 1 F: 7 A: 4 Pts: 13

The match-day officials for this fixture are:

Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: M McDonough, D Cann
Fourth Official: L Probert

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool are without Gerrard (hamstring), Lucas (groin), Jones (thigh) and Flanagan (knee).

Southampton are missing Rodriguez (ACL), Mayuka (groin) and Isgrove (knock) and have doubts over the fitness of Schneiderlin (groin), Targett (concussion), Long (fractured ribs), Alderweireld (hamstring) and Gallagher (knee).

Liverpool:

Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Ward
Defenders: Johnson, Manquillo, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Sakho, Toure, Moreno, Enrique
Midfielders: Henderson (c), Coutinho, Allen, Markovic, Lallana, Ibe, Sterling
Forwards: Sturridge, Balotelli, Lambert, Borini

Southampton:

Goalkeepers: Davis, Forster
Defenders: Clyne, Yoshida, Gardos, Fonte (c), Alderweireld (?), Bertrand, McCarthy, Targett (?)
Midfielders: Schneiderlin (?), Davis, Mane, Tadic, Wanyama, Duricic, Ward-Prowse, Elia, Reed,
Forwards: Long (?), Pelle, Gallagher (?)
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Saints, away, Sunday 22nd Feb, KO 1615 UK 2 years 2 months ago #304

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I am just hoping to see a 2 striker combo this game. We have been playing (almost) same squad for the last 5 games or so. The Europa clash wasnt an impressive display by us. A lot of lose passes and lack in concentration. Possibly due to fatigue. But this is a big game. I dont think we must experiment squad rotation with this game. But hopefully the retun leg for Europa might see some fresh legs play the game.
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