Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield on Saturday afternoon looking to climb up the table and close the gap on the top-four.
The Reds head into the game off the back of Wednesday night’s unlucky 2-1 defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane, a game that saw Brendan Rodgers men dominate for large periods but came away with nothing.
The result leaves Liverpool in 12th position in the league table, just four points ahead of 18th placed Southampton and ten behind fourth-placed West Brom, so a win is vital for Rodgers’ men this weekend to get their season back on track.
But the visitors are in decent form and head to Anfield on a four-match unbeaten run so will be no push-overs on Saturday despite sitting in the relegation zone.
Liverpool are boosted by the return of Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, who’s back in contention after recovering from a three-month layoff with a thigh injury.
Defender Andre Wisdom is also in contention after recovering from a knee injury and is likely to come back in having been on the bench in midweek. Joe Cole continues to be out with a hamstring strain and he joins Martin Kelly and Fabio Borini remain on the sidelines.
Under-fire Saints goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga is expected to retain his place despite another howler against Norwich in midweek. Danny Fox is back in the squad after over-coming a knee problem, but the game will come too soon for Richard Chaplow and Frazer Richardson.
Liverpool have been far from convincing at home this season and goal-scoring continues to be the main problem for Brendan Rodgers side. However, Southampton have only kept one clean sheet so far this season and we can see Suarez causing their leaky defence all sorts of problems. Liverpool 2-0 Southampton.
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