Sadio Mane will be facing his old club for the first time since his move to Liverpool. He has been very impressive for his new club with six goals and three assists in ten games. Ex-Saints Clyne, Lallana and Lovren will also hope to feature in this exciting match.

Southampton are braced for the visit of  Liverpool on Saturday. With only one win in their last five league fixtures, the Saints knows it will be a difficult one against league leader Liverpool. A loss at Hull before the international break laid more emphasis on the indifferent form the team has been this season.

Southampton boss Claude Puel has said he will not constraint his team’s attacking prowess to stifle Jurgen Klopp’s men but injuries may force some changes.

Targett, McCarthy (both hamstring) and Pied (knee) are out and will not be available for this game. An array of players face late fitness test. Bertrand (match fitness), Long (hamstring), Soares (foot), Tadic (nose) and Prowse (match fitness) will all be assessed before the game.

On the opposing side, Liverpool will not be fielding Ings who is back at the injury table with another long time knee injury. Coutinho and Lallana face late fitness test, the former with a hamstring doubt after returning from the long trip to Brazil. Lallana, on the other hand, was substituted on Tuesday in England’s friendly match against Spain because of a groin complaint.

Jurgen Klopp has said the team can’t be the same it was before the international break due to many players not available for training. He hopes to maintain their impressive form and hold on to their lead at the top of the table.

MATCH STATS:

Southampton ended their four game winless run with a win against Liverpool in March. They will be hoping to do the same on Saturday.

However, Southampton have only one of their last six matches against Liverpool.

Southampton have won just one of their last five league games, drawing two and losing two.

One defeat in their last ten games at home. A 2-0 defeat by Chelsea last month.

Liverpool are unbeaten in the last nine league games, winning seven and drawing two.

Philippe Coutinho has scored in three of his last four visit to St Mary’s Stadium.

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