Liverpool call on SAS again at Saints in Premier League title tilt

It has been 11 years since Liverpool last beat Southampton on their own patch (an Emile Heskey 1-0 winner in 2003), but the Saints have just one home Premier League victory in their last seven.

Title-chasers Liverpool (fourth-favourites at 8/1) are in commanding goalscoring form, with 24 in their last seven in the league at a rate of 3.4 per game. Back them at 11/4 to net three or more.

Highest league scorers Liverpool, with 70, also possess the top two in the goal charts. Luis Suarez leads the way on 23 (1/6 to win the Golden Boot) while striking partner Daniel Sturridge has 18 (11/2).

The Englishman goes into the match at St Mary’s Stadium on a run scoring in each of his last eight league games – 10 in all – and can be backed at 6/5 to net anytime or 6/1 to get two or more.

Uruguayan Suarez is surprisingly going through a dry spell with none in his last five in all competitions, but has the exact same odds as Sturridge in the anytime and two or more scoring markets.

Coral are offering a special for the strike pair, for who out of the two will score the most in Liverpool’s 11 remaining Premier League games. Sturridge is favourite at 4/5, while Suarez can be backed at evens.

Southampton have a decent record against the Reds, as they beat them in three of their last four head-to-heads, including the 1-0 away victory in September – the only side to win at Anfield this term. Back them at 12/5 to do a season double against Brendan Rodgers’ men.

The Saints have the unfortunate statistic, however, of going into the game having won just once in 12 against top half opposition this season (against Liverpool). On top of that they have lost their last two in all competitions and were victors just twice in their last six home games, making their challengers 21/20 favourites to get revenge for their September loss.

Southampton have lost the most amount of points from winning positions in the league this season (15), and you may be interested in Coral’s odds of 9/1 for the Saints to lead at half-time but fail to win.

An extra incentive for Rodgers will be that his side could potentially find themselves in second place by the end of the day (if Arsenal lose at Stoke City) as Manchester City face Sunderland in the League Cup final.

In terms of injury news, Southampton pair Victor Wanyama and Jos Hooiveld are doubts. For Liverpool, Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva have both returned to full training, but the latter is not yet ready for a return.