Liverpool travel to the South Coast on Sunday for a crucial European six-pointer against Southampton.
The Saints currently have the edge over the Reds in the race for a Champions league spot. The club are fourth in the standings, four points clear of their rivals.
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However the Reds are one of the form teams in the division and appear to be finding their form at the right time of the season. Brendan Rodgers side are unbeaten in their last nine leagues, winning six, and are the only side yet to lose a Premier League match this year.
In all they have lost just one of their last 17 games, and are looking to win a third successive league game against Saints for the first time in 20 years.
One man the Saints will have to watch out for is Raheem Sterling. The attacking midfielder was a second half substitute against Besiktas midweek so will be fresh going into the clash. Furthermore he has scored two goals in his last two appearances against the club.
Mario Balotelli is another who could into the fray. Like Sterling, Balotelli was a substitute midweek but he made it two goals and an assist in 3 games with the match-winning penalty.
While his decision to grab the ball from Jordan Henderson, thus overruling his captain on the night, was met with derision from many quarters, there were few complaints about the finish with the Italian slotting home the penalty.
The goal made is two match winning goals in three games with the former Inter Milan pushing hard to start alongside Daniel Sturridge.
Steven Gerrard is likely to be assessed before the game to determine if his hamstring problem will continue to side line him.
Southampton meanwhile hope to have Morgan Schneiderlin, back in training following a groin problem, available while Matt Targett is also in contention after recovering from the head injury that ruled him out against West Ham.