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Saints aiming to upset Reds
6:40am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
Saints were the last side to beat Liverpool as they secured a memorable 3-1 win over the Reds at St Mary’s in March. Since that day Liverpool have gone 12 Premier League matches without defeat.
After a flying start to this season they top the table, but, significantly, will be without star playmaker Philippe Coutinho for this weekend’s game against Saints at Anfield.
The Brazilian fell heavily on his shoulder in Liverpool’s draw with Swansea and the influential star has now been ruled out until the end of next month.
The 21-year-old – who played under Pochettino at Espanyol and was a Saints target last January propr to moving to Liverpool – will undergo “surguical stabilisation” on his AC joint.
As well as Coutinho – who scored his side’s consolation at St Mary’s last March – Liverpool could also be without defender Daniel Agger for the match against Saints after a freak accident.
“It’s too early to say whether he will be fit for Saturday,” said boss Brendan Rodgers.
“He had a real freak incident in the gym. Just before he was coming out to train, he overstretched trying to prevent a dumbbell falling on his foot. “He has overstretched and yanked his side. We are waiting to see if that settles down over the next few days. If it doesn’t, we have got ample replacements. That is why we brought in extra players.”
Saints’ win over Liverpool in March sparked a superb three game winning streak, the club’s best run under Pochettino.
Following the win, Saints defeated Chelsea at home and then Reading away to all but seal their Premier League survival long before the end of the campaign.
But they have won only one of their last 10 league games, scoring just five times in the process – and not finding the net from open play at all this season yet.
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