saintsfc.co.uk takes a statistical look ahead to Southampton's Barclays Premier League game against Liverpool at St Mary's on Sunday.
• Saints have allowed their opponents just 66 shots on target this season, fewer than any other Premier League side.
• Liverpool have had 14 different scorers in the Premier League this season, the joint-most along with Arsenal.
• Raheem Sterling has scored in both of his last two Premier League games against Southampton.
• Liverpool are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League matches (W6 D3).
• Liverpool have scored 101 penalties in the Premier League, more than any other side.
• Brendan Rodgers’ side have shipped 62 per cent of their goals in the second half, the highest proportion in the top flight.
• José Fonte has made more interceptions than any other player in the Premier League this season (71).
• Graziano Pellè has fired in the most shots of any Premier League player this season (73).
• The first seven meetings between the two sides were all in the FA Cup.
• Saints won the first three league meetings between the two sides. The first was a 4-1 Division Two victory.
• Liverpool’s first league win came in 1962, when they won 2-0 at Anfield in Division Two.
• After Saints’ FA Cup win in 1976, they faced Liverpool in the FA Charity Shield, losing 1-0.
• Liverpool have won the last two meetings between the two, including a 2-1 win earlier this season.
• Saints won 1-0 at Liverpool last season, but were beaten 3-0 at St Mary’s.
• The last win for Saints at St Mary’s come in March 2013, as they sealed a 3-1 success.
• Saints have won three of the last four meetings between the two at St Mary’s.
Aug 2014: Liverpool 2-1 Southampton (Premier League)
Mar 2014: Southampton 0-3 Liverpool (Premier League)
Sept 2013: Liverpool 0-1 Southampton (Premier League)
Mar 2013: Southampton 3-1 Liverpool (Premier League)
Dec 2012: Liverpool 1-0 Southampton (Premier League)
Liverpool 2-1 Southampton
Barclays Premier League
17th August 2014
Southampton’s season began with a narrow, and undeserved, defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
The hosts opened the scoring through Raheem Sterling, but Ronald Koeman’s side responded excellently after half-time, with Nathaniel Clyne equalising.
Steven Davis had a great chance to give Saints the lead but after his miss, Daniel Sturridge tapped home to restore the lead for Liverpool. Debutant Shane Long went close late on, but Brendan Rodgers’ side held on for the win.
Saints: Forster, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte (c), Bertrand, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, Wanyama, Tadić (Long), S. Davis (Isgrove), Pellè. Unused substitutes: K. Davis (GK), Stephens, Hooiveld, Taider, Cork.