On Saturday table toppers Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield (10am ET, watch live on NBCSN or online via NBC Sports Live Extra) with the Reds aiming to extend their lead at the top of the standings. Brendan Rodgers‘ side have had a superb start to the Premier League season, winning three of their first four games and still remain unbeaten, and the Reds will see the visit of goal-shy Southampton as the perfect fixture to help keep their momentum going.
However, the Saints were the last team to beat Liverpool back in March last season but since the 3-1 defeat at St. Mary’s the Merseysiders have gone unbeaten in 12 PL games. Both sides have been extremely solid this season and Pochettino’s Southampton have the second-highest amount of possession per game in the league (59.1%) but have failed to score from open play this season so far.
As for Liverpool, some defensive frailties were exposed against Swansea City on Monday night, as the Reds left the Liberty Stadium with a hard-fought point following the 2-2 draw. Some negatives came out of that deserved point though, with Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho out for a while as he needs shoulder surgery following a nasty fall in the second half. Huge loss for Liverpool.
Southampton’s England international striker Rickie Lambert will be coming up against the team he supported as a boy… can the Liverpudlian get the Saints going in the hostile atmosphere at Anfield? On the injury front, Liverpool defender Daniel Agger should return after missing the game against Swansea with a side strain, while we already mentioned Coutinho’s absence. For Southampton there are no fresh injury worries, as Luke Shaw has shaken off the knock he picked up against West Ham.