THE LEAGUE LEADERS IN ACTION
Good evening and a very warm welcome along to SunSport’s live coverage of tonight’s Premier League clash between Southampton and Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s men kick-off joint top of the table after Manchester United’s win over Aston Villa at the weekend.
They are currently on a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions since the Champions League defeat to Atalanta in November.
But it is only two wins in the last six for the Reds, drawing on their last two outings.
Liverpool have more injury concerns to worry about ahead of a clash they simply need to win to maintain a grip on the top of the league.
Joel Matip is out of action after suffering an abductor injury in the 1-1 draw with West Brom last weekend.
Naby Keita is still out of action with a muscle problem, which he also picked up in the draw with the Baggies.
Both Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas are not going to be ready for the game because of knee injuries.
Both Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are still sidelined with long-term knee injuries as well.
While Southampton continue their impressive start to this campaign.
Ralph Husenhuttl’s side have stuttered in recent weeks having gone four without a win, but three points tonight could get them bac into the top six.
They’ve failed to score in their last three games but have back-to-back 0-0’s in their last two outings.
Saints announced last night that number one Alex McCarthy had tested positive for Covid and would miss the game.
That could mean a rare outing for back-up man Fraser Forster who snubbed a summer move to Celtic to fight for a place in the Southampton first-team. He’s yet to play a minute of Premier League football, could this be his big chance.
We’ll have team news shortly before all the build-up ahead of the 8pm start from St Mary’s.