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Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool will be eyeing up another three points when they face Southampton on Saturday in order to keep the pressure on Chelsea and Man City

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Liverpool will be aiming for their eighth Premier League win of the season and to close the gap on leaders Chelsea to just one point when they face Southampton at Anfield on Saturday.

The Reds defeated Arsenal4-0 last weekend to get back to winning ways and with Chelsea hosting Manchester United and Manchester City hosting West Ham United on Sunday, three points is a must where there is potential for those above them to slip up.

The Saints are currently 13th and had begun to pick up some form before their shock 2-1 defeat to bottom club Norwich City last weekend, hinting at their inconsistency so far this season.

A positive result here will be tough to achieve but a win could lift them into the top half as Ralph Hassenhutl’s side aim to pull off a shock at Anfield.

The last meeting between the two sides came at the tail end of last season when a strike in each half from Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara sealed all three points for Liverpool in a 2-0 win at Anfield in the Premier League.

Will Liverpool get the job done against Southampton and close the gap on Chelsea? Have your say in the comments section.

It was all smiles for Klopp against Arsenal last time out.
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Team news

Jurgen Klopp has seen his injury list increase heavily in the last few weeks and even missed nine of his first team players in the victory over Arsenal last weekend, but it could be just the five for the visit of Southampton.

James Milner, Andrew Robertson and Divock Origi all returned from injury to come on as second half substitutes against Porto on Wednesday, while Diogo Jota was also named on the bench, so it can be expected that the quartet will be involved against the Saints.

Naby Keita (thigh) could also make his return this weekend but Curtis Jones (face), Joe Gomez (calf), Roberto Firmino (thigh) and Harvey Elliot (ankle) will remain out.

Andrew Robertson returning is a big boost for Liverpool.
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As for Ralph Hassenhutl’s side, just Jack Stephens (knee) remains a long-term absentee and continues to miss out, and so will Stuart Armstrong who missed the Norwich defeat with a calf injury.

Moussa Djenepo also missed out due to personal reasons but could make a return, along with Nathan Redmond who was absent last weekend due to the birth of his daughter.

Form

Liverpool last five (all comps): DWLWW

Southampton last five (all comps): DDWWL

Injuries

Liverpool: Keita (thigh), Gomez (calf), Firmino (thigh), Jones (face), Elliot (ankle)

Southampton: Stephens (knee), Armstrong (calf)

Title race latest

Liverpool are well and truly in the title race once again this season after initially overcoming all their injury problems from last season and going unbeaten in their first 11 games of the campaign.

Saturday’s 4-0 victory over Arsenal kick-started things again and they are just four points behind league leaders Chelsea in 3rd place, while Man City are just one point and one place above them.

Three points against Southampton this weekend could be huge.
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Three points against Southampton on Saturday is crucial as they can leapfrog City and close the gap to just one point on Chelsea before both play on Sunday.

Chelsea entertain Man United, while Man City have a tricky game against West Ham who are fourth and defeated the Reds before the international break.

It certainly looks as though these three clubs are the favourites for the title and after this weekend, it could be blown wide open once again.

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