Liverpool's run of lackluster play continued on Wednesday in a loss to Tottenham. The Reds must regroup quickly as they get prepared to face Southampton in a match where three points are key to avoid sliding further down the table.
Even though Liverpool currently sits in 12th place, the club is actually just four points clear of the relegation zone. A loss to Southampton, holders of the final relegation spot, would cause supporters to get even more vocal about the squad's direction.
It's a storyline the Reds were hoping to avoid when the season began. But now new manager Brendan Rodgers has to make sure things don't take an even bigger turn for the worse. With that in mind, here's the viewing information for the match followed by a preview.
Where: Anfield in Liverpool, England
When: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. ET
Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go
Heading into the season, it was clear Liverpool lacked depth up front. Luis Suarez was there to provide a go-to striker, but the options beyond him weren't up to par. The hope was that enough players would chip in to make it work.
That hasn't happened. Suarez has found the net 10 times in league play, but no other member of the Reds has scored more than once. Players like captain Steven Gerrard and fellow midfielder Raheem Sterling haven't been able to pick up the remaining slack.
Getting a chance to play Southampton should at least give the Reds a chance to find their form. The Saints have allowed 31 goals already this season (2.2 per game), which is more than any other club has given up.
It's a chance for Liverpool to start building some confidence in the attacking third. The lack of finishing ability (outside of Suarez) has been frustrating to watch for Reds fans, but the Saints should provide a reprieve.
On the flip side, Southampton enters the match knowing these are the type of games where they need to grind out a draw to avoid relegation. Even though it's on the road, Liverpool has been out of form and doesn't feature an explosive attack.
Meanwhile, the Saints haven't lost a league match in nearly a month. Rickie Lambert has returned to form after a brief slump with two goals in his last three appearances, and Adam Lallana continues to impress in the midfield.
It should be a close match throughout. Look for the Reds to steal a couple points with a late goal to secure the victory.
Prediction: Liverpool 2, Southampton 1
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