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Southampton v L'pool preview

Southampton will give defender Jos Hooiveld and midfielder Victor Wanyama as long as possible to prove their fitness for the home Premier League clash with Liverpool.

Hooiveld missed the league encounter at West Ham last weekend with an eye injury while Kenyan midfielder Wanyama is set to remain sidelined by the unspecified knock which kept him out of the squad to face the Hammers.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino is ready to give the majority of the squad that slipped up 3-1 at West Ham the opportunity to atone for that defeat.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has returned to training after two months out with a hamstring injury but Daniel Agger will retain his place at centre-back for the trip to Southampton.

Midfielder Lucas Leiva is back working with the first team group after a six-week absence with a knee injury but will not be considered for the weekend.

Left-back Jose Enrique continues his rehabilitation from a knee operation which has sidelined him since early November.