After ending February on the depressing note of losing the league cup final on penalties to Manchester City, Liverpool proceeded to work out their Manchester angst in the best way possible in March: by beating City in the league and then knocking United out of the Europa League. Somewhere in between, they also managed to win at Selhurst Park for the first time since 1997. So March has been good to Liverpool so far. They're finishing off the month playing at St. Mary's Stadium against Southampton, the team to whom they dealt a 6-1 shellacking the the league cup in December.
A victory is far from a sure thing, however, and Southampton have been doing well themselves this March. In fact, they're currently in 7th place in the table, directly above Liverpool thanks to goal difference. They're also lucky in terms of injuries. Right now, the only recent one tha they're dealing with is Charlie Austin's hamstring issue. The other two out are the long term absentees, Jay Rodriguez and Florin Gardos.
For Liverpool it's a different matter, though the situation isn't as dire as it has been for previous large swathes of this season. It seems likely that both Jordan Henderson and Alberto Moreno will miss this game, while Lucas Leiva remains out with a thigh problem and James Milner will have to serve his one game red card ban.
Flanagan/ Lovren/ Sakho/ Clyne
Lallana/ Firmino/ Coutinho
With Henderson, Lucas, and Milner all missing for various reasons, enter Joe Allen alongside Emre Can. Allen did well in his last two substitute appearances, significantly improving the Reds' midfield when he came on in the second half against United at Anfield. The question of whether Sturridge can or should play a Thursday/Sunday schedule has to be weighed against the fact that Liverpool are sending him into the tender clutches of Roy Hodgson next week. Martin Skrtel may get his first game since picking up his injury, but that seems like something that could wait until after the break, when plenty more games still await in the last six or so weeks of Liverpool's schedule.
Kickoff is set for 1:30PM BST/9:30AM EST Sunday (Daylight Savings Time!). Television coverage will be on NBC Sports Live Extra for the US. Elsewhere, Fox Sports 1 Australia in Australia, Sportsnet West, Sportsnet Pacific, Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet World Now, Sportsnet East in Canada, SuperSport 5 Africa in Kenya, and Fox Sports in Malaysia are carrying the match. You can find other listings at LiveSoccerTV. Online streaming is also available with NBC Sports Extra in the US. For Online radio, fans worldwide can check out LFCTV GO and TalkSport Radio World. Sorry, UK fans, you're out of luck on this one.
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