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Sainthood: The Southampton Preview

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Liverpool know they have work to do as they look to continue their form, travelling to tricky customers Southampton

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Clive Brunskill

US: 12:30 PM EST-NBC Sports

UK: 5:30 PM GMT-Sky Sports 1

Liverpool travel to St Mary's off the back of a nail biting 4-3 victory against Swansea at Anfield. Defensive mistakes will have to be addressed as two of Swansea's goals were directly from defensive errors.

However, it would help if Mamadou Sakho and Lucas come back into the side, as they've reportedly returned to full training. Enrique has returned from America, where he worked with a specialist, but recent reports are that he could miss the rest of the season.

The question is, who do you drop? Martin Skrtel hasn't performed well at all in the past 10 games, and could well have been credited with his 3rd OG of the season with Wilf Bony's first. But Daniel Agger has recently come back from injury, and was taken off in last weeks' match for Kolo Toure, who hasn't covered himself in glory, either.

As for Lucas, Stevie G has adapted well after a slippy start to his DM role. It's a tricky situation, and I don't think any of us want to be Brendan Rodgers at the moment, though it's the good tricky, all the same.

Luis Suarez continued his non-scoring streak, but set up a brilliant cross for DStudge to give us the lead before half time last week. So, again, he's not letting his performances drop.

Southampton sit in 9th place, after a brilliant start to the league campaign that saw them move up to 4th place in the league early on before moving down the table before Christmas after a bad run of form.

In their last 6, they've only lost once, and that was their last match, away to a surging West Ham side. Brendan will remember that this is the side that gave us our first defeat of the campaign back at the early stages of the season after an impressive run of unbeaten games.

Victor Wanyama will be given a late test on a shin problem that kept him out last week against West Ham as well, while Hooifield, a defender, is set to miss because of an eye injury.

-No. Predictions, please. We tend to defy predictions, whether they're positive or negative. (JAceKopite16)

-Apparently we only need one goal to beat our entire total for last year, which was 71. (JAceKopite16)