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Saturday, 01 March 2014

Southampton v Liverpool: Will the Reds title charge come undone at St Mary's?


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Liverpool have the chance to move above Manchester City this afternoon but to do so they must achieve something they have managed only once in the past 15 years . . . beat Southampton on the south coast.

The Reds are the team of the moment - they've thrashed Arsenal and neighbours Everton and beat Swansea in a seven-goal thriller to move to within four points of leaders Chelsea - but they could come unstuck today against the Saints. Their last triumph came 11 years thanks to a solitary goal from Emile Heskey. Today the Liverpool strikeforce is a bit more lethal.

Brendan RodgersMauricio Pochettino is the only manager this season to have left Anfield with all three points and he would love to seal the double this afternoon to boost their Europa League hopes. Defeat last weekend at West Ham ended their six-game unbeaten run but they will be determined to get back on the ladder today.

Liverpool's sole priority now is the league and even Arsene Wenger has spoken of the threat they pose to their title hopes. Nobody saw Liverpool challenging for the title this season, but with the attacking threat of the SAS, Sterling, Coutinho and Gerrard, they are outscoring everyone - even Manchester City. But there are fears over their defence and Southampton will try to exploit them with through Lambert, Lallana and co.

This should be a great game of football between two teams who want to play the game the right way. But who will come out on top?

SQF Prediction: 1-3

Calling all Southampton and Liverpool fans: Do you agree? We'd love to hear from you.

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