Liverpool v Southampton LIVE: Mo Salah closes in on Thierry Henry record as James Milner gears up for 600th Premier League game before World Cup break – kick-off time, team news and how to follow

    Liverpool will give Nathan Jones a baptism of fire in his first game in charge of Southampton when the two sides meet this afternoon.

    The Reds have suffered with inconsistency all season but are hoping to head into the World Cup on the back of four successive wins.

    Liverpool finally looked to have found their feet

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    Liverpool finally looked to have found their feet

    Both sides needed a penalty shootout to reach the Carabao Cup fourth round in week, with Liverpool edging past Derby and Southampton eliminating Sheffield Wednesday.

    Jurgen Klopp’s side now return to Premier League action, looking to enter the World Cup on a high note and close the gap to the top four.

    The Saints meanwhile remain in the relegation zone and are desperate for a new manager bounce after appointing Jones to replace Ralph Hasenhuttl.

    Liverpool v Southampton: Date and how to follow

    This Premier League clash is set to take place on Saturday, November 12.

    Kick-off at Anfield is scheduled for 3pm.

    Unfortunately, this fixture will not be televised on UK screens due to the 3pm blackout in English football.

    However, talkSPORT will have live updates throughout the afternoon and talkSPORT.com will have a live blog of the action.

    To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

    ou can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

    Klopp will be taking his side to Dubai for a warm weather camp during the World Cup

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    Klopp will be taking his side to Dubai for a warm weather camp during the World Cup

    Liverpool v Southampton: Team news

    The hosts are still without long-term absentees Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Arthur Melo, but Joel Matip and Naby Keita are back in contention.

    James Milner is also back from concussion to feature in what would be his 600th Premier League game.

    As for Southampton, former Luton boss Jones will have to be without the injured Valentino Livramento and Kyle Walker-Peters.

    The Saints saw teen Juan Larios succumb to an abductor problem but otherwise have no fresh injury concerns to contend with.

    Jones is the new manager of Southampton – his first job in the Premier League

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    Jones is the new manager of Southampton – his first job in the Premier League

    Liverpool v Southampton: What has been said?

    Klopp on dealing with players at the World Cup:”We have seven at the World Cup. They are very important players, we have a rule – the boys have to text me straight away if they’re any issues and after a game.

    “We need the players to tell us and that’s the contact we’ll have definitely.

    “We’re in Dubai around the corner if someone needs to leave the World Cup early, they can join us.

    “That’s one of the reasons we go there.”

    Liverpool v Southampton: Match facts

    • Southampton’s Mohamed Elyounoussi is one of three players to have had at least 20 shots without scoring in the Premier League so far this season (20), along with Brighton pair Solly March (27) and Danny Welbeck (26).
    • Liverpool midfielder James Milner has played 599 Premier League games and could be the fourth player to reach 600 in the competition after Gareth Barry (653), Ryan Giggs (632) and Frank Lampard (609).
    • Mohamed Salah has 99 goals + assists in 99 Premier League appearances for Liverpool at Anfield (70 goals, 29 assists); in the competition’s history, only Thierry Henry for Arsenal has been directly involved in 100+ goals in his first 100 home appearances for a single club (113; 85 goals, 28 assists).
    • Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has provided six assists against Southampton in the Premier League, only having more against Bournemouth (7). His next assist will be his 50th in the competition, making him the first Brazilian player to reach that milestone.
    • Southampton have won just one of their last nine Premier League games (D2 L6), though two of their three victories in the competition this season has come away from home (against Leicester and Bournemouth).
    • If Southampton lose this match, it will be the first time they’ve been in the relegation zone at Christmas in a Premier League campaign since 2004-05, when they suffered their only relegation from the competition.
    • Liverpool have lost their last three Premier League games against sides in the relegation zone, going down against Manchester United, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United this season. They’ve never lost four consecutive such games in the competition before.
    • Liverpool lost their last home league game 2-1 against Leeds, ending a 29-game unbeaten run in the Premier League at Anfield. They last lost consecutive home league games between January and March 2021 (a run of six).
    • Southampton are winless in eight Premier League away games against Liverpool (D2 L6), since a 1-0 win in September 2013. They’ve failed to score in their last six league visits to Anfield.
    • Liverpool have won nine of their last 10 Premier League games against Southampton (L1), scoring at least twice in each victory.

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    In a huge indoor venue under the arches at Waterloo in London, we’ll bring you live screenings of every World Cup game.

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