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Luke Shaw has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Jay Rodriguez by Jamie Carragher results in a free kick. Jamie Carragher is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gaston Ramirez, Jose Reina manages to make a clearance.
Luis Suarez has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
Jamie Carragher comes on in place of Leiva Lucas.
Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a shot. Save by Paulo Gazzaniga.
Luis Suarez fouled by Steven Davis, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Rickie Lambert takes a shot. Daniel Agger gets a block in.
The referee gives a free kick against Glen Johnson for handball. Morgan Schneiderlin takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Morgan Schneiderlin.
Luis Suarez receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Luis Suarez is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Jay Rodriguez on Daniel Agger, free kick awarded. Martin Skrtel takes the indirect free kick.
Jay Rodriguez replaces Jason Puncheon.
Glen Johnson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a shot. Paulo Gazzaniga makes a save.
Rickie Lambert fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. Morgan Schneiderlin crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Leiva Lucas.
Outswinging corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey, Headed effort from inside the area by Martin Skrtel misses to the left of the goal.
Steven Davis is brought on as a substitute for Jack Cork.
Jordan Henderson is brought on as a substitute for Joe Allen.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Suarez from the right by-line to the near post, Steven Gerrard has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Shaw.
The ball is sent over by Luis Suarez, clearance made by Jose Fonte.
Gaston Ramirez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonjo Shelvey. Glen Johnson takes the indirect free kick.
Morgan Schneiderlin delivers the ball, clearance made by Glen Johnson.
Jonjo Shelvey takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Jack Cork.
Morgan Schneiderlin challenges Joe Allen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gaston Ramirez. Free kick taken by Jack Cork.
Raheem Sterling takes a shot. Save by Paulo Gazzaniga.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Sanchez Jose Enrique. Free kick taken by Jose Fonte.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Jose Fonte fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a free kick. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the indirect free kick.
Jonjo Shelvey delivers the ball, blocked by Luke Shaw.
Shot by Gaston Ramirez from a long way out goes over the net.
Steven Gerrard delivers the ball, clearance made by Jack Cork.
Corner taken left-footed by Gaston Ramirez from the right by-line, Daniel Agger makes a clearance.
Morgan Schneiderlin takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
Gaston Ramirez takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Jose Reina.
Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Sanchez Jose Enrique gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken by Adam Lallana.
Raheem Sterling crosses the ball, blocked by Luke Shaw.
Rickie Lambert takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
A cross is delivered by Jonjo Shelvey, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Raheem Sterling misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken right-footed by Adam Lallana from the left by-line, Jose Reina fouled by Jason Puncheon, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
Glen Johnson sends in a cross, Daniel Agger gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Southampton.Glen Johnson provided the assist for the goal.
Unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Gaston Ramirez results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Luis Suarez,
Jason Puncheon is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Luis Suarez. Free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.
Foul by Leiva Lucas on Gaston Ramirez, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Adam Lallana, save made by Jose Reina.
Glen Johnson produces a cross.
Jonjo Shelvey produces a right-footed shot from just inside the penalty area and hits the post.
Adam Lallana fouled by Glen Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Rickie Lambert from the free kick.
Luis Suarez delivers the ball.
Luis Suarez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Fonte. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Fonte.
Steven Gerrard produces a cross, Martin Skrtel produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard to the near post, Rickie Lambert makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line to the near post, Martin Skrtel takes a shot.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Paulo Gazzaniga.
A cross is delivered by Raheem Sterling, Maya Yoshida makes a clearance.
Foul by Leiva Lucas on Jack Cork, free kick awarded. Jack Cork takes the free kick.
Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Paulo Gazzaniga makes a save.
Glen Johnson takes a shot. Save by Paulo Gazzaniga.
Steven Gerrard has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Jose Fonte results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonjo Shelvey.
Luis Suarez is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.
The official flags Luis Suarez offside. Free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.
Corner taken by Leiva Lucas, Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Morgan Schneiderlin gets a block in.
Glen Johnson delivers the ball, Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.
Handball by Steven Gerrard. Free kick taken by Maya Yoshida.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Blocked by Jose Fonte.
Rickie Lambert produces a cross, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.
Leiva Lucas challenges Gaston Ramirez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Fonte.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathaniel Clyne by Raheem Sterling. Free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.
Centre by Raheem Sterling, save by Paulo Gazzaniga.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Paulo Gazzaniga makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Adam Lallana.
Centre by Joe Allen, Luke Shaw makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Luis Suarez, Glen Johnson takes a shot.
Steven Gerrard produces a cross, Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Save by Paulo Gazzaniga.
Glen Johnson crosses the ball.
The ball is crossed by Raheem Sterling, clearance made by Maya Yoshida.
Effort from outside the area by Rickie Lambert goes wide right of the goal.
Adam Lallana challenges Glen Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard.
Lucas relishing return to action
The buzz surrounding defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva's long-awaited return may appear odd for a Liverpool team struggling for goals, but manager Brendan Rodgers sees him as a vital cog in his masterplan.
A thigh injury has sidelined the Brazil international since late August, restricting him to just four matches in 2012 as the 25-year-old was out for eight months after a knee operation last December.
His absence was highlighted as one of the reasons for the Reds' dip in form under Kenny Dalglish after Christmas and Rodgers believes his team have suffered equally.
Summer signing Joe Allen has been tasked with defensive duties in the intervening period but Rodgers hopes Lucas's return will free the Wales international to have a greater effect further forward.
"Lucas has worked really hard on and off the field and it is great credit to the medical team who have worked very hard with him," Rodgers said.
"He is at the best point he could be in training and I am not sure how much further he can go with the training because it is now about the games for him.
"It is just about getting the balance. It is finding the solution to control the game.
"We need three different types; one (Lucas) who is maybe more defensive, another (Allen) who can link the game and still get forward and another (Steven Gerrard) who can push on into the box and get goals.
"That is the balance we have been looking for and that has been the job this season, trying to manage that through all the games."
Lucas, after a difficult start immediately after his arrival from Gremio for #5million in 2007, has proved his importance to the side over the last couple of years.
He was the club's young player of the year in 2009-10 and player of the year the following season to cement his place as an integral fixture in the side.
Having overcome a cruciate ligament injury, the first serious problem of his career, Lucas expected to return stronger only to manage just 74 minutes of Barclays Premier League action before being sidelined again.
But he is relishing a return against Southampton on Saturday at Anfield.
"I have been out for a long time so I think that my performance will get better as I get more games, but I am really looking forward to the weekend," he told liverpoolfc.com.
"It's another step forward. I think it will be like a fresh start for me."
Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin is looking forward to Saturday's "extra special" trip, when he plans to get one over on idol Steven Gerrard.
The Reds captain has come under scrutiny of late, having yet to reproduce his best form under Brendan Rodgers, but is still adored by the Liverpool faithful and also by one of those set to line up against him at Anfield.
Southampton midfielder Schneiderlin began to follow the Merseysiders in his native France and cannot wait to pit his wits against the England star.
"It is a bit extra special to play Liverpool," said Schneiderlin, whose side's manager Nigel Adkins and top scorer Rickie Lambert are both ardent Liverpool fans.
"In France when you watch TV, you had to choose between Liverpool and Manchester.
"A lot of people six or seven years ago chose Manchester United, I chose Liverpool because I used to, and I still, love Steven Gerrard as a player.
"It will be special and I can't wait to play against him, but unfortunately he is going to feel bad because we're going to bring back three points.
"I will treat him like another player on Saturday. I just want to confront him and see what I can do against him.
"Of course, he is one of the best players in the world and that's what I want to play against every game. The best."
Schneiderlin pinpoints Gerrard's finest hour seven years ago as the reason for his soft spot for Liverpool.
"I remember the day when Liverpool played AC Milan in the Champions League final," he said.
"I was in the academy at Strasbourg and we all watched the game in the same room and it was just an amazing atmosphere."
While Liverpool come into the game on the back of a defeat at Tottenham, Saints are in the midst of a four-match unbeaten run.
Recent performances have been a far cry from those at the start of the season and Schneiderlin believes there is a growing momentum at St Mary's.
"It is very good when you look at the start of the season," he said.
"It was very tough, very hard but we have grown in confidence. Now we have been unbeaten in four games, it is very good."
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