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  1. Liverpool 4-0 Southampton: Jurgen Klopp reaction, published at19:52 27 November

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to BBC Sport: "It was comfortable. But the chances they had were too big. The saves of Alisson were too spectacular. That is space to improve. But I understand in a week like that when you win three games to keep concentration is a challenge as human beings. On the other side we could have scored more if we had been calmer. That is something we have to think about. Decision making could be better. The game felt comfortable in the end but during it I did not feel too comfortable."

    On how to defend against his side: "They will find ways. It is not about in moments what you can do against us. But the boys do really well. They are difficult to defend. Difficult to find a challenge with quick movements and passing. That is why we come through. It is because of the skillset the boys have. First and foremost we have to find the right solutions for as long as possible."

  2. Liverpool v Southampton: Confirmed team news, published at14:10 27 November

    Jordan Henderson and Andrew Robertson return from injury to take their place in the Liverpool line up to face Southampton.

    Henderson starts for the first time since the international break while Robertson came off the bench in the midweek Champions League win against Porto and comes back in to make his first Premier League start since 7 November.

    Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Diogo Jota all come back in after being rested against Porto.

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    There's a first Premier League start for Lyanco for Southampton.

    The Brazilian defender comes in as one of three changes from the Norwich defeat, with Romain Perraud and Armando Broja also in the first XI.

    Teenage full-back Tino Livramento, who has played all but four minutes of Southampton's Premier League games so far, starts once again.

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  3. Follow Liverpool v Southampton live, published at14:08 27 November

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    We're now less than an hour away from kick-off between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield.

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    You'll be able to catch up with all the post-match reaction on this page after full-time.

  4. Lawro's predictions: Liverpool v Southampton, published at18:07 26 November

    Mark Lawrenson takes on rapper and Arsenal fan Jelani Blackman for the latest round of Premier League predictions.

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    Lawro's prediction: 2-0

    Liverpool have responded to their defeat by West Ham with two really good wins, against Arsenal and Porto.

    Southampton's form was just starting to pick up until they lost at Norwich last time out. I can't see them doing any better at Anfield.

    Jelani's prediction: 4-0

    Find out how Lawro and Jelani think the rest of this week's fixtures will go

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  5. Home banker? Reds mustn't allow Saints to match Brighton and Brentford, published at16:23 26 November

    Mike Hughes, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Two impressive home victories for Liverpool in the past seven days, and without a goal conceded, have got Reds fans smiling again.

    It also illustrates perfectly why dismissing Jurgen Klopp team as potential winners of football’s glittering prizes is never a good idea.

    At times in the past month or so they have dropped points cheaply. The natural pace and rhythm of their play has been out of kilter on occasions too. A glut of injuries to key personnel in the midfield area isn’t an excuse for that happening. It’s a justifiable reason.

    Saturday's match against Southampton at Anfield may be 'home banker' material for lots of armchair supporters. But the Liverpool manager is insistent his players approach this game with the same attitude as any other.

    Draws against Brighton and Brentford have been costly in league table terms. Southampton can’t become another one of those statistics.

    The Saints have made a decent start to this season.

    James Ward-Prowse continues to be the metronomic heartbeat of the team. Che Adams is starting to fulfil his potential on a more regular basis and they’ve unearthed a new star in full-back Tino Livramento.

    Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team got a goalless draw at Manchester City in September, and not many teams will do that this season. However, I suspect they could find things much more difficult dealing with Liverpool on Saturday.

  6. Liverpool v Southampton: Team news, published at15:21 26 November

    Liverpool's Andy Robertson and Southampton's Nathan Redmond are both available for Saturday's meeting at AnfieldImage source, Getty Images

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp made four changes versus Porto in the Champions League and is expected to recall Virgil van Dijk, Diogo Jota, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

    Andy Robertson sat out last weekend's win against Arsenal with a minor hamstring issue but featured as a substitute on Wednesday and is likely to return to the starting line-up.

    Southampton welcome back wingers Nathan Redmond and Moussa Djenepo.

    Redmond missed their last game following the birth of his first child, while Djenepo was absent against Norwich for unspecified reasons.

    Saints are again without midfielder Stuart Armstrong, who was ruled out against the Canaries following a reoccurrence of a calf problem.

    Who makes your Liverpool team for Saturday?

    Pick and share your Southampton XI here

  7. 'We've conceded too many', published at14:10 26 November

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  8. Latest Fantasy 606 podcast out now, published at13:44 26 November

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    Still wondering which changes to make for this weekend's fantasy football? Well look no further as Alistair Bruce-Ball and Chris Sutton return for this week's podcast.

    With Statman Dave ruled out because of illness, Nick from the Who Got The Assist? podcast steps in to give us his expertise and insight before gameweek 13.

    Read this week's top tips here

    And listen to the full podcast on BBC Sounds

  9. Klopp on fans, Southampton & injuries, published at12:53 26 November

    Giulia Bould, BBC Radio Merseyside 

    Jurgen Klopp has been speaking before his side's Premier League home game against Southampton on Saturday.

    Here are the key points from the Liverpool boss:

    • Klopp praised the visitors' manager, saying Raph Hassenhuttl is organising a "proper team who are very well-drilled" and he knows his Liverpool side will need to come up with solutions for "a proper fight" at Anfield;

    • The Liverpool manager urged the fans to make home advantage count in the game adding, "I hope we use that and enjoy that to create the right atmosphere as that will be essential";

    • He also said Southampton have an advantage as they didn't have a midweek game. Liverpool played Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday and Klopp said "we need to be as refreshed and as recovered as possible";

    • Klopp said he had no new injury problems in his squad but remains without long-term absentees Harvey Elliott, Joe Gomez, Roberto Firmino, Curtis Jones and Naby Keita.

    Follow Friday's news conferences and Premier League build-up

  10. Liverpool v Southampton: Who makes your Reds team?, published at17:26 25 November

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    Liverpool host Southampton in the latest round of Premier League fixtures on Saturday, but who will make it into Jurgen Klopp's starting XI?

    Klopp was able to rest some of his big names in the Champions League on Wednesday - so who comes straight back in?

    It's up to you how to approach it - you could go for the team you WANT the boss to pick or the one you THINK he will.

    Either way, it's time to choose your Reds team to face Southampton

  11. Liverpool v Southampton: Last time out, published at16:12 25 November

    Sadio Mane heads in Liverpool's opening goalImage source, Getty Images

    Liverpool host Southampton in the Premier League this weekend - but what happened when the two teams last met in the top flight?

    Liverpool closed in on the Champions League places with a crucial 2-0 win over Southampton at the start of May.

    Jurgen Klopp's side had spluttered since the start of 2021 but this victory kick-started a run of five successive wins to clinch a top-four spot.

    Former Saint Sadio Mane headed the opener in the first half from Mohamed Salah's cross but the Reds didn't have it all their own way, Alisson having made important saves moments before Mane's goal.

    The Brazil keeper almost gifted Che Adams the equaliser late on, eventually saving well from the Scotland striker, before Thiago Alcantara made the points safe in stoppage time.

    The result left the Saints 10 points above the relegation zone in 16th place, not yet mathematically safe but lacking a finishing touch without the absent Danny Ings.

  12. Liverpool v Southampton: What does the form show?, published at14:10 25 November

    Liverpool v Southampton form in past 5 games: Liverpool - wins v Porto and Arsenal, loss v West Ham, win v Atletico Madrid, draw v Brighton. Southampton - loss v Norwich, win v Aston Villa, win v Watford, loss (on penalties) v Chelsea, draw v Burnley
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    *Southampton lost 4-3 on penalties against Chelsea following a 1-1 full-time result in the Carabao Cup fourth round

    • Liverpool are unbeaten in their past 25 Premier League games kicking off at 15:00 on a Saturday (won 22, drawn three) since a 2-0 loss at Hull in February 2017. The Reds’ last such loss at home was against West Ham in August 2015 under Brendan Rodgers (won 18, drawn five since).

    • Jurgen Klopp's side are the only team to have scored in all 12 of their Premier League games this season. The Reds have found the net in each of their past 22 league games overall, netting at least twice in 18 of those.

    • Southampton have lost 13 of their 17 Premier League away games in 2021 (won two, drawn two), conceding 43 goals in this run. Indeed, Saints have lost more games and conceded more goals away from home than any other Premier League side in this calendar year.

    • Liverpool have scored more goals than any other side in the Premier League this season (35), while only Norwich (seven) have scored fewer than Southampton (11). Indeed, Liverpool have scored more first-half goals (16) and more second-half goals (19) than Saints have in total in the league this season.

  13. Bajcetic signs first professional contract with Reds, published at13:53 25 November

    Stefan Bajcetic has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool after moving from his hometown club, Celta Vigo, in February.

    The 17-year-old centre-back originally joined Liverpool under-16s, but made his U18s debut last season and has occasionally stepped up to the U23s.

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  14. Liverpool v Southampton: Head-to-head stats, published at12:13 25 November

    Premier league record, 44 games. Liverpool 23 wins, 76 goals, 16 clean sheets. Southampton; 11 wins, 45 goals, 8 clean sheets
    • Liverpool have won seven of their past eight Premier League games against Southampton, with the exception being a 1-0 away loss in January last season.

    • Since a 1-0 win in September 2013, Southampton are winless in their past seven away league games against Liverpool (won five, drawn two), losing their previous four at Anfield by an aggregate score of 12-0.