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MATCH PREVIEW: Southampton vs Liverpool

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15:17 19th March 2016

Get the lowdown ahead of Southampton's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool at St Mary's.

Setting the scene

Southampton welcome Liverpool to St Mary’s on Sunday looking to make it back-to-back wins in the Barclays Premier League.

Ronald Koeman’s men won 2-1 at Stoke City last weekend, and now welcome another rival for a European place in Jürgen Klopp’s side.

The visitors were in action on Thursday night as they progressed in the UEFA Europa League, thanks to a 3-1 aggregate win against Manchester United.

Liverpool have won their last three Premier League games, beating Aston Villa, Manchester City and Crystal Palace to put them on 44 points from their 28 games – the same as Saints, who have played two games more.

The two sides have met twice already this season, with Sadio Mané’s goal earning Saints a 1-1 draw at Anfield, before Liverpool put six past Koeman’s men in the Capital One Cup, winning 6-1.

Team news

Ronald Koeman will have José Fonte, Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mané available to him, but Jay Rodriguez is to play for the Under-21s again. Florin Gardos and Charlie Austin remain out.

Liverpool will be without James Milner, who misses the game through suspension, while Alberto Moreno is also likely to be absent.

Key man

He scored a stunning goal against Saints last season, and midfielder Philippe Coutinho will be Liverpool’s key man again this time around.

The Brazilian’s goal against Manchester United helped Liverpool through to the last eight of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night.

Coutinho has scored eight goals this season in 31 appearances, with six of those coming away from Anfield.

Saints will need to be at their best to stop the diminutive playmaker from making another big impression at St Mary’s.

Stat attack

Liverpool have averaged three goals a game in their previous six Premier League matches, a run that has seen them pick up four wins.

Southampton have lost just one of their last six home games (W4 D1 L1).

Saints haven’t lost three successive home games to Liverpool since December 1996.

Liverpool have scored 13 goals in their last four away Premier League games.

Did you know?

Graziano Pellè’s first goal against Stoke City made it 12 headed goals for Southampton so far this season – more than any other Premier League side, while Sadio Mané’s Capital One Cup goal against Liverpool was a header from Ryan Bertrand’s cross.

Follow the action 

You can follow all the action from Sunday's game via the club’s social media channels. We’ll have live updates on Twitter, goal updates on Facebook and a liveblog running on saintsfc.co.uk .

After the game, we’ll have reaction on youtube.com/southamptonfc, as well as saintsfc.co.uk .

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