Southampton vs. Liverpool: Preview and TV schedule

Clive Brunskill

Liverpool are on the edge of the title race and need full points to stay there, but they have struggled recently against Southampton.

Liverpool will attempt to keep themselves in the title race as they travel to face Southampton on Saturday. A win by the Reds would break an 11-year win-less streak at St. Mary's Stadium for Liverpool and potentially allow them to jump as high as second if other results go their way.

Facing ninth placed Southampton is the type of game that Liverpool are expected to win, especially if they want keep themselves involved in the title race. The trouble is, the Saints have given the Reds problems of late with Mauricio Pochettino getting the better of Brendan Rogers in both of their Premier League meetings, That includes a 1-0 Saints win at Anfield earlier this season, still the only team to beat Liverpool at home during this campaign.

Liverpool are a much different, and much better, team that they were when they suffered that loss so the Saints will need to be at their best to get a result. The three headed monster attack of Luis Suárez, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge is scoring goals like crazy of late and will test the Saints defense.

Southampton injuries and suspensions

Out: None. In Doubt: Victor Wanyama (unspecified), Jos Hooiveld (eye)

Liverpool injuries and suspensions

Out: Lucas Leiva (knee). In Doubt: Mamadou Sakho (hamstring).

Wanayama and Hooiveld are both doubts but could make the bench depending on the outcome of fitness tests ahead of the match. For Liverpool, both Leiva and Sakho are training but only Sakho has a shot at making the 18 for Saturday's match.

Projected lineups

Southampton:Artur Boruc, Calum Chambers, José Fonte, Maya Yoshida, Luke Shaw, Jack Cork, Morgan Scheiderlin, Steven Davis, Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert.

Liverpool: Simon Mignolet, Joe Flanagan, Martin Škrtel, Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suárez, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge.

Match Date/Time: 6:30 p.m. local, 12:30 p.m. ET

Venue: St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England

TV: NBC Sports Network, mun2 (U.S.), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), Sportsnet (Canada)

Online: NBC Live Extra (U.S.)

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