The Reds currently sit in fourth place in the table, but they are closer to first than fifth. Only four points separate them from Chelsea, but they have to make sure to take advantage of every opportunity to get three points.
There is a strong chance for points against Southampton, which have slowed down after a strong start to the year. Still, the Saints defeated Liverpool in Anfield earlier in the year and have a good enough defense to keep things interesting at home.
Both sides are certain to bring their best effort in what should be an exciting EPL battle.
Who will win?
When: Saturday, March 1
Where: St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England
Time (U.S.): 12:30 p.m. ET
Time (U.K.): 5:30 p.m. GMT
TV (U.S.): NBC Sports Network
TV (U.K.): Sky Sports 1
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Odds (via Oddschecker): Liverpool (20-19), Southampton (11-4), Draw (13-5)
Top Storyline: Will Liverpool's Defence Remain a Problem?
Liverpool continue to score at an incredible rate and now lead the EPL with 70 goals scored in 27 matches. However, they have not been doing as good a job at preventing scores the other way.
Manager Brendan Rodgers was quick to explain that the issue is not his fault, via Richard Jolly of ESPN FC:
The problem is it is not coaching. Some of the things we concede goals in, you can’t coach that. There’s a feel when you are in the game of how to defend and you have to use your experience to defend properly. We concede poor goals. It isn’t so much structurally. It’s mistakes or decision making that cost us.
The objective going into every game is to win and we did that. Obviously, it’s easier to do that if you are not conceding goals and we know we need to be tighter and not concede so many.
We are in a good position at the moment but with 11 games to go there are still a lot of things that can happen. We just need to try to get as much as we can out of all the games we have left. We need to stay calm and just focus on our next game at Southampton.
Scoring goals is always nice, but it is difficult to beat a good team without a strong back line. While there is a lot of experience in this group, poor mistakes have cost them dearly.
It is important for Liverpool to avoid these problems and work to come away with a clean sheet against Southampton.
Prediction: Liverpool 3, Southampton 2
Southampton have been a bit inconsistent on the attack this year, but they have scored at least one goal in the last seven EPL matches, including multiple goals in four contests.
Wingers Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez can give Liverpool problems on the outside, and they can slip in for a goal or two. Considering the Reds' issues on that end of the pitch lately, it is hard to imagine a perfect performance in this match.
However, Southampton will not be able to contain Liverpool's attack, even at home. Luis Suarez gets most of the headlines—and deservedly so with his league-leading 23 goals—but Daniel Sturridge is not far behind him with 18 on the year.
Bleacher Report UK provides a look at how efficient both players have been compared to some of the bigger names in Europe:
This pair will be able to get onto the scoresheet multiple times, and they might even get a little bit of help from Raheem Sterling or Steven Gerrard.
It will end up being another sloppy match, but Liverpool will do what it takes to come away with the victory.
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