Southampton-Liverpool Preview

The Associated Press

Liverpool finally conceded for the first time, but the Premier League leaders could be poised to make amends Saturday at Anfield against a Southampton side that has gone 182 minutes without a goal.

The Reds drew 2-2 with Swansea City in Wales on Monday night. The point was enough to move Brendan Rodgers' side to the top of the table with 10 overall.

"Overall, I was delighted with the resilience and character of the team," Rodgers told Liverpool's official website. "It's another point. I know better than anyone how difficult a place this is to come, especially when the crowd get up in the last 20-25 minutes.

"I can only give credit to the players, how they kept going was great. It's a point that takes us back to the top again early on."

Simon Mignolet posted clean sheets in Liverpool's first three fixtures before his defence was breached by the Swans.

He could be tipped to earn a fourth clean sheet against Mauricio Pochettino's side that has been blanked in consecutive matches with a 1-0 loss at Carrow Road to Norwich City on Aug. 31 and a scoreless home draw with West Ham United last Sunday.

The Saints held a 15-6 advantage in shots and 5-1 edge in shots on target in a drab affair against the Hammers.

"We have to accept that this is something that happens in football because we couldn't have done any more," Pochettino said though an interpreter. "We created chances but they wouldn't come off."

Southampton have failed to score in five of their last nine league fixtures.

Jay Rodriguez was brought on as part of an attacking trio that includes Rickie Lambert and Pablo Osvaldo, and all indications are that Pochettino will continue to employ that lineup.

"You can see they are starting to mix well together, so it is only a matter of time before things start to work out positively for us," he said.

Daniel Sturridge has scored in every match for Liverpool, and has 10 goals in his last nine matches in the Premier League.

Rodgers has an injury concern over Daniel Agger, who missed the Swansea match in a freak accident. Debutant Mamadou Sakho took Agger's place in the line-up.

Philippe Coutinho is out since Liverpool have confirmed that the midfielder will undergo a procedure on his shoulder injury sustained Monday. He is not expected back until October.

Sturridge's four goals have him tied for the Premier League scoring lead with Aston Villa's Christian Benteke and Arsenal's Olivier Giroud. Victor Moses joined Sturridge as the only other Liverpool player to score Monday, with all five of the Reds' goals coming before half-time.

These sides each won at home last season. Agger scored two minutes before half-time to provide the only tally at Anfield in December while the Saints won 3-1 at St Mary's behind goals by Morgan Schneiderlin, Lambert and Rodriguez. Coutinho scored for Liverpool that day.

Lambert's 17 shots are second in the league to Manchester United forward Robin Van Persie's 18.

The Reds will play one final time without Luis Suarez, whose 10-match ban expires in time for Wednesday's Carling Cup match against United at Old Trafford.

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