Liverpool return to Anfield this weekend after narrowly escaping with a draw against Swansea City in the Monday night match of week four. The Reds traded goals with the Swans in the opening few minutes thanks to former Red Jonjo Shelvey, and then again he could be the culprit and the savior for Swansea in the later stages.
The loss of Philippe Coutinho for the next six weeks thanks to that match also brings into question just how the Reds will lineup this week as Iago Aspas is expected to will the void left by the Brazilian, but he failed to make an impression during his substitute appearance Monday night.
Southampton on the other hand are still working to truly get their scoring boots going this season, just as Liverpool, as all of their league matches have been decided by one goal or less with a win, two draws and a loss so far this campaign.
Rickie Lambert and Pablo Osvaldo are believed to have the makings of one of the most underrated attacking forces in the league once they truly build a partnership. The central defensive pair of Jose Fonte and Dejan Lovren have been excellent so far as has holding midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.
Simon Mignolet was a bit sloppy against Swansea City, but the Belgian keeper has the ability to keep Liverpool in any game they play which will be a major plus if the Reds again fail to create without Coutinho in the first team.
Daniel Sturridge has a goal so far this season in every Premier League game while Victor Moses got off the mark on his debut for the club and manager Brendan Rodgers. Daniel Agger is expected to return alongside of Martin Skrtel who has played out of his boots since getting his chance back in the first team.
Liverpool look the stronger side on paper, but their lack of playing a dominate full 90 minutes so far this season will give Saints fans much hope that they can come away from Anfield with something to show.
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