SAS strikeforce gunning for Saints

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

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Two of European football’s top five league marksmen stand in front of Saints and a place in the history books this weekend.

Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have hammered 41 Premier League goals between them this season – three more than Saints have managed overall.

With 23 goals from just 22 starts, Suarez is the leading goalscorer among Europe’s top five major elite leagues – one ahead of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

England international Sturridge is also averaging more than a goal a start, with 18 strikes from just 17 starts plus two more off the bench.

If you don’t include penalties, Suarez and Sturridge are the two leading goalscorers in the top five European leagues.

Sturridge arrives at St Mary’s for the Sky televised Saturday tea-time encounter chasing a place in the record books. He has scored in each of his last eight league games and has the record of ten – by Ruud van Nistelrooy – firmly in his sights. But Mauricio Pochettino is also on the brink of creating his own entry in the Saints’ record books.

They are chasing a third successive top flight win against the former kings of Europe for the first time ever.

Saints have only once before managed three league wins on the spin against the Merseysiders – and they came way back in the early 1960s when the sides were in the old Division 2.

Times are very different now with Liverpool having an outside chance of the Premier League title, but facing a nemesis in the shape of Saints.

Pochetinno, right, has guided Saints to two wins from two against Liverpool – 3-1 at St Mary’s last March and 1-0 at Anfield early in this campaign.

Remarkably, that victory at Anfield was the first league defeat Liverpool had suffered since the previous Saints win in March.

It remains the only time Liverpool have failed to score at home in the league this season, and is their only defeat at Anfield.

Suarez didn’t play in that game as he was still serving a massive suspension carried over from 2012/13 for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

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8:51am Thu 27 Feb 14

justaSaintsfan says...

It's all about what will happen in the game. We know that Saints are capable of winning when playing the top teams.

Saints have already won at Anfield against Liverpool this season, so Liverpool will obviously be trying to return the 'compliment.' That might work in favour of Saints. Perhaps Liverpool's attacking will open the game up more for Saints!

The future is bright for Saints, playing the Southampton way!!!

Onwards and upwards!!

COYR!!!
It's all about what will happen in the game. We know that Saints are capable of winning when playing the top teams. Saints have already won at Anfield against Liverpool this season, so Liverpool will obviously be trying to return the 'compliment.' That might work in favour of Saints. Perhaps Liverpool's attacking will open the game up more for Saints! The future is bright for Saints, playing the Southampton way!!! Onwards and upwards!! COYR!!! justaSaintsfan
  • Score: 1

9:10am Thu 27 Feb 14

Santa Retfordia says...

Is it not the SSS force? That Sterling is banging quite a few in these days too.

We tend to be alright against Liverpool as they're a team that tries to build from the back but their back players aren't very good at it, so we rob them blind in their half and score. A Liverpool fan I know told me last night "If we had your back five (including Morgan) we'd win the league easily" and he's probably right.
Is it not the SSS force? That Sterling is banging quite a few in these days too. We tend to be alright against Liverpool as they're a team that tries to build from the back but their back players aren't very good at it, so we rob them blind in their half and score. A Liverpool fan I know told me last night "If we had your back five (including Morgan) we'd win the league easily" and he's probably right. Santa Retfordia
  • Score: 1

1:13pm Thu 27 Feb 14

CB FRY LIVES says...

We shouldn't be worried about Liverpool they should worry about the SUPER SAINTS= we have already beat them at Anfield this season and can do it again at ST MARYS on Saturday.
In the past Saints have given the scousers some epic battles.Back in the 1960's Bill Shankley was the so called king of the kop and the king of pyschological football managerial warfare.He could give that young upstart Jose Mourinho a few lessons in that department.
But there was always one manager and one team that he couldn't out pysche -Namely the super laid back TED MR SOUTHAMPTON BATES and his battlers from fortress DELL..
Shanks came up with what was meant to be a derogatory term regarding the Saints by calling them an Ale House team..But Ted's battlers just laughed off that and other similar jibes and took it as a complement.
Liverpool's Tommy Smith was meant to be a hardman on the pitch but he couldn't hold a candle to the likes of Big John McGrath,Denis Hollywood,Brian O'Neil,and the fiery Scot and ex Evertonian Jimmy Gabriel.Even Terry Paine could dish it out and have a dig if a defender took too many liberties with him.Later the ex Evertonian Alan Ball brought his own firebrand approach to the Dell and always relished a battle against the red side of Scouse land.
On Saturday the present Saints side will need plenty of guile as well as footballing muscle to knock Gerrard and co out of their stride.Suarez will be an obvious threat but he can be seen off just like great Liverpool forwards from the past like St John and Toshack..If we show the steely commitment of a Denis Hollywood and Brian O'Neill then biter Suarez shouldn't get a look in.Back in December 1971 both Hollywood and O'Neill each got a nine weeks ban from the powers that be. OUCH that hurt but when they came back they were as committed as ever to the red and white striped cause.
THREE POINTS FOR THE SAINTS ON SATURDAY PLEASE-COYR
We shouldn't be worried about Liverpool they should worry about the SUPER SAINTS= we have already beat them at Anfield this season and can do it again at ST MARYS on Saturday. In the past Saints have given the scousers some epic battles.Back in the 1960's Bill Shankley was the so called king of the kop and the king of pyschological football managerial warfare.He could give that young upstart Jose Mourinho a few lessons in that department. But there was always one manager and one team that he couldn't out pysche -Namely the super laid back TED MR SOUTHAMPTON BATES and his battlers from fortress DELL.. Shanks came up with what was meant to be a derogatory term regarding the Saints by calling them an Ale House team..But Ted's battlers just laughed off that and other similar jibes and took it as a complement. Liverpool's Tommy Smith was meant to be a hardman on the pitch but he couldn't hold a candle to the likes of Big John McGrath,Denis Hollywood,Brian O'Neil,and the fiery Scot and ex Evertonian Jimmy Gabriel.Even Terry Paine could dish it out and have a dig if a defender took too many liberties with him.Later the ex Evertonian Alan Ball brought his own firebrand approach to the Dell and always relished a battle against the red side of Scouse land. On Saturday the present Saints side will need plenty of guile as well as footballing muscle to knock Gerrard and co out of their stride.Suarez will be an obvious threat but he can be seen off just like great Liverpool forwards from the past like St John and Toshack..If we show the steely commitment of a Denis Hollywood and Brian O'Neill then biter Suarez shouldn't get a look in.Back in December 1971 both Hollywood and O'Neill each got a nine weeks ban from the powers that be. OUCH that hurt but when they came back they were as committed as ever to the red and white striped cause. THREE POINTS FOR THE SAINTS ON SATURDAY PLEASE-COYR CB FRY LIVES
  • Score: 1

3:51pm Thu 27 Feb 14

PompeySaves says...

justaSaintsfan wrote:
It's all about what will happen in the game. We know that Saints are capable of winning when playing the top teams. Saints have already won at Anfield against Liverpool this season, so Liverpool will obviously be trying to return the 'compliment.' That might work in favour of Saints. Perhaps Liverpool's attacking will open the game up more for Saints! The future is bright for Saints, playing the Southampton way!!! Onwards and upwards!! COYR!!!
COME ON YOU REDS
[quote][p][bold]justaSaintsfan[/bold] wrote: It's all about what will happen in the game. We know that Saints are capable of winning when playing the top teams. Saints have already won at Anfield against Liverpool this season, so Liverpool will obviously be trying to return the 'compliment.' That might work in favour of Saints. Perhaps Liverpool's attacking will open the game up more for Saints! The future is bright for Saints, playing the Southampton way!!! Onwards and upwards!! COYR!!![/p][/quote]COME ON YOU REDS PompeySaves
  • Score: -1

3:54pm Thu 27 Feb 14

PompeySaves says...

CB FRY LIVES wrote:
We shouldn't be worried about Liverpool they should worry about the SUPER SAINTS= we have already beat them at Anfield this season and can do it again at ST MARYS on Saturday. In the past Saints have given the scousers some epic battles.Back in the 1960's Bill Shankley was the so called king of the kop and the king of pyschological football managerial warfare.He could give that young upstart Jose Mourinho a few lessons in that department. But there was always one manager and one team that he couldn't out pysche -Namely the super laid back TED MR SOUTHAMPTON BATES and his battlers from fortress DELL.. Shanks came up with what was meant to be a derogatory term regarding the Saints by calling them an Ale House team..But Ted's battlers just laughed off that and other similar jibes and took it as a complement. Liverpool's Tommy Smith was meant to be a hardman on the pitch but he couldn't hold a candle to the likes of Big John McGrath,Denis Hollywood,Brian O'Neil,and the fiery Scot and ex Evertonian Jimmy Gabriel.Even Terry Paine could dish it out and have a dig if a defender took too many liberties with him.Later the ex Evertonian Alan Ball brought his own firebrand approach to the Dell and always relished a battle against the red side of Scouse land. On Saturday the present Saints side will need plenty of guile as well as footballing muscle to knock Gerrard and co out of their stride.Suarez will be an obvious threat but he can be seen off just like great Liverpool forwards from the past like St John and Toshack..If we show the steely commitment of a Denis Hollywood and Brian O'Neill then biter Suarez shouldn't get a look in.Back in December 1971 both Hollywood and O'Neill each got a nine weeks ban from the powers that be. OUCH that hurt but when they came back they were as committed as ever to the red and white striped cause. THREE POINTS FOR THE SAINTS ON SATURDAY PLEASE-COYR
NO CHANCE MY STRIPEY FRIEND

SOUTHAMPTON 0
LIVERPOOL 3

YOU'VE ALREADY LOST TO 2 RELEGATION THREATENED TEAMS

COME ON YOU REDS
[quote][p][bold]CB FRY LIVES[/bold] wrote: We shouldn't be worried about Liverpool they should worry about the SUPER SAINTS= we have already beat them at Anfield this season and can do it again at ST MARYS on Saturday. In the past Saints have given the scousers some epic battles.Back in the 1960's Bill Shankley was the so called king of the kop and the king of pyschological football managerial warfare.He could give that young upstart Jose Mourinho a few lessons in that department. But there was always one manager and one team that he couldn't out pysche -Namely the super laid back TED MR SOUTHAMPTON BATES and his battlers from fortress DELL.. Shanks came up with what was meant to be a derogatory term regarding the Saints by calling them an Ale House team..But Ted's battlers just laughed off that and other similar jibes and took it as a complement. Liverpool's Tommy Smith was meant to be a hardman on the pitch but he couldn't hold a candle to the likes of Big John McGrath,Denis Hollywood,Brian O'Neil,and the fiery Scot and ex Evertonian Jimmy Gabriel.Even Terry Paine could dish it out and have a dig if a defender took too many liberties with him.Later the ex Evertonian Alan Ball brought his own firebrand approach to the Dell and always relished a battle against the red side of Scouse land. On Saturday the present Saints side will need plenty of guile as well as footballing muscle to knock Gerrard and co out of their stride.Suarez will be an obvious threat but he can be seen off just like great Liverpool forwards from the past like St John and Toshack..If we show the steely commitment of a Denis Hollywood and Brian O'Neill then biter Suarez shouldn't get a look in.Back in December 1971 both Hollywood and O'Neill each got a nine weeks ban from the powers that be. OUCH that hurt but when they came back they were as committed as ever to the red and white striped cause. THREE POINTS FOR THE SAINTS ON SATURDAY PLEASE-COYR[/p][/quote]NO CHANCE MY STRIPEY FRIEND SOUTHAMPTON 0 LIVERPOOL 3 YOU'VE ALREADY LOST TO 2 RELEGATION THREATENED TEAMS COME ON YOU REDS PompeySaves
  • Score: -4

4:12pm Thu 27 Feb 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Ignoring the WUM, I would be happy if England beat Liverpool on Saturday.
Ignoring the WUM, I would be happy if England beat Liverpool on Saturday. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

4:29pm Thu 27 Feb 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Ignoring the WUM, I would be happy if England beat Liverpool on Saturday.
Just to qualify that statement I hope the Liverpool England players have a bad one!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Ignoring the WUM, I would be happy if England beat Liverpool on Saturday.[/p][/quote]Just to qualify that statement I hope the Liverpool England players have a bad one! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

4:55pm Thu 27 Feb 14

CB FRY LIVES says...

PompeySaves wrote:
CB FRY LIVES wrote:
We shouldn't be worried about Liverpool they should worry about the SUPER SAINTS= we have already beat them at Anfield this season and can do it again at ST MARYS on Saturday. In the past Saints have given the scousers some epic battles.Back in the 1960's Bill Shankley was the so called king of the kop and the king of pyschological football managerial warfare.He could give that young upstart Jose Mourinho a few lessons in that department. But there was always one manager and one team that he couldn't out pysche -Namely the super laid back TED MR SOUTHAMPTON BATES and his battlers from fortress DELL.. Shanks came up with what was meant to be a derogatory term regarding the Saints by calling them an Ale House team..But Ted's battlers just laughed off that and other similar jibes and took it as a complement. Liverpool's Tommy Smith was meant to be a hardman on the pitch but he couldn't hold a candle to the likes of Big John McGrath,Denis Hollywood,Brian O'Neil,and the fiery Scot and ex Evertonian Jimmy Gabriel.Even Terry Paine could dish it out and have a dig if a defender took too many liberties with him.Later the ex Evertonian Alan Ball brought his own firebrand approach to the Dell and always relished a battle against the red side of Scouse land. On Saturday the present Saints side will need plenty of guile as well as footballing muscle to knock Gerrard and co out of their stride.Suarez will be an obvious threat but he can be seen off just like great Liverpool forwards from the past like St John and Toshack..If we show the steely commitment of a Denis Hollywood and Brian O'Neill then biter Suarez shouldn't get a look in.Back in December 1971 both Hollywood and O'Neill each got a nine weeks ban from the powers that be. OUCH that hurt but when they came back they were as committed as ever to the red and white striped cause. THREE POINTS FOR THE SAINTS ON SATURDAY PLEASE-COYR
NO CHANCE MY STRIPEY FRIEND

SOUTHAMPTON 0
LIVERPOOL 3

YOU'VE ALREADY LOST TO 2 RELEGATION THREATENED TEAMS

COME ON YOU REDS
Should that be POMPEY STINKS.-You certainly will next season -more than ever when you are playing the conference big teams like Forest Green.
COYR
[quote][p][bold]PompeySaves[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CB FRY LIVES[/bold] wrote: We shouldn't be worried about Liverpool they should worry about the SUPER SAINTS= we have already beat them at Anfield this season and can do it again at ST MARYS on Saturday. In the past Saints have given the scousers some epic battles.Back in the 1960's Bill Shankley was the so called king of the kop and the king of pyschological football managerial warfare.He could give that young upstart Jose Mourinho a few lessons in that department. But there was always one manager and one team that he couldn't out pysche -Namely the super laid back TED MR SOUTHAMPTON BATES and his battlers from fortress DELL.. Shanks came up with what was meant to be a derogatory term regarding the Saints by calling them an Ale House team..But Ted's battlers just laughed off that and other similar jibes and took it as a complement. Liverpool's Tommy Smith was meant to be a hardman on the pitch but he couldn't hold a candle to the likes of Big John McGrath,Denis Hollywood,Brian O'Neil,and the fiery Scot and ex Evertonian Jimmy Gabriel.Even Terry Paine could dish it out and have a dig if a defender took too many liberties with him.Later the ex Evertonian Alan Ball brought his own firebrand approach to the Dell and always relished a battle against the red side of Scouse land. On Saturday the present Saints side will need plenty of guile as well as footballing muscle to knock Gerrard and co out of their stride.Suarez will be an obvious threat but he can be seen off just like great Liverpool forwards from the past like St John and Toshack..If we show the steely commitment of a Denis Hollywood and Brian O'Neill then biter Suarez shouldn't get a look in.Back in December 1971 both Hollywood and O'Neill each got a nine weeks ban from the powers that be. OUCH that hurt but when they came back they were as committed as ever to the red and white striped cause. THREE POINTS FOR THE SAINTS ON SATURDAY PLEASE-COYR[/p][/quote]NO CHANCE MY STRIPEY FRIEND SOUTHAMPTON 0 LIVERPOOL 3 YOU'VE ALREADY LOST TO 2 RELEGATION THREATENED TEAMS COME ON YOU REDS[/p][/quote]Should that be POMPEY STINKS.-You certainly will next season -more than ever when you are playing the conference big teams like Forest Green. COYR CB FRY LIVES
  • Score: 1

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