Southampton will be aiming to collect all three points from Anfield on Saturday, according to their manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Liverpool currently sit at the top of the Premiership table after an impressive start that has seem them collect three wins and a draw from their opening four fixtures ahead of Saturday’s clash at Anfield with the Saints.
Daniel Sturridge has scored in all four of those games, as well as twice against Notts County in the League Cup, and Argentinian Pochettino sees him as the man to stop if his side are to get anything from the game.
“We’re very much aware that Sturridge is an awesome threat,” he said.
“He started off the season quite well, can change the game on his own, but our main concern is blocking the connections from Steven Gerrard and other midfield players.
“We know Coutinho will probably be out of this game, but we need to take care of that midfield to make sure the balls don’t go through to Sturridge.
“It’s clear that they are a very powerful side and Anfield is a great stadium to play in. It will be a great place to perform, to do well in and actually try to get the three points.”
Southampton have failed to score in their last two league games and England’s newest striker Rickie Lambert, a Liverpool school boy, will be looking to add to his tally of one league goal for the season against his boyhood club. Another striker, Pablo Osvaldo, will be looking to open his account for the South coast club.
This is the last game of Luis Suarez’s ten match ban.