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Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is available to return to face Southampton after missing Monday’s draw at Swansea with a side strain.

Playmaker Philippe Coutinho is out for several weeks after undergoing a shoulder operation so the likes of Iago Aspas and Raheem Sterling will be pushing for a recall.

Meanwhile, Southampton left-back Luke Shaw is fit.

The teenager limped off in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with West Ham, but Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he has overcome that knock.

Fellow left-back Danny Fox remains a doubt with an ankle complaint and Tadanari Lee may also miss out.

Southampton are the last side to inflict a league defeat on Liverpool, the Saints out-passing and out-thinking the Merseyside club at St Mary’s last season.

It makes presumptions Liverpool will consolidate their position at the top dangerous.

Luis Suárez serves the final day of his ten match ban, but it is the loss of Philippe Coutinho that may have a more detrimental.

Without their playmaker, Rodgers needs Raheem Sterling and Iago Aspas to cut short their disappearing act.

Stat of the game: Daniel Sturridge has scored 12 goals in his last 12 games for Liverpool in all competitions.

Liverpool (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Mignolet; Wisdom, Sakho, Agger, Enrique; Gerrard, Lucas; Moses, Aspas, Henderson; Sturridge.
Out: Cissokho (ankle), Coates (knee), Johnson (ankle), Suárez (suspended).

Southampton (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Boruc; Clyne, Fonté, Lovren, Shaw; Ward-Prowse, Schneiderlin, Wanyama, Lallana; Osvaldo; Lambert.
Tests: Fox (ankle), Lee (unspecified).

Referee: Neil Swarbrick. Matches: 2. R0 Y8.

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