Saints defensive qualities to be put to the test by free-scoring Reds

Daily Echo: Artur Boruc Artur Boruc

SAINTS need to beware a blistering Liverpool first half onslaught this weekend.

The Reds have already scored a Premier League record 46 first half goals this season, compared to Saints’ first half total of 19.

Liverpool overtook the previous record when scoring three times in the opening 45 minutes against Swansea at Anfield last Sunday.

In all, Brendan Rodgers’ men have blasted eight first half goals in their last three league games, including four in the first 20 minutes against Arsenal.

Arsenal boasted the previous Premier League record of 45 first half goals in 2002/03, a total which included five in the first 25 minutes against Saints at Highbury in May 2003.

Saints do have one of the best defensive records in the Premier League this season – only six teams have conceded fewer goals and only four sides have kept more clean sheets than they have.

Saints have kept ten clean sheets, with West Ham (13) having kept the most followed by Chelsea (12), Arsenal (12) and Tottenham (11).

But Artur Boruc and the rest of the Saints side are certainly facing no ordinary attack when Liverpool come to St Mary’s on Saturday.

The statistics show just how fantastic Suarez and Sturridge have been.

Suarez has scored 23 goals in 22 league games this season while Sturridge has struck 18 in 17 starts plus two off the bench.

Taking into account the end of last season, the former Chelsea striker has plundered 23 goals in his last 20 Premier League starts plus three off the bench.

Not bad for someone who cost Liverpool less than Saints splashed out on Dani Osvaldo!

With 70 goals in 27 games, the Reds are on course to beat Chelsea’s Premier League seasonal goalscoring record of 103 established in 2009/10.

At the same stage of their campaign, Chelsea had scored 63.

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8:16am Thu 27 Feb 14

Jan28th1984 says...

"Saints defensive qualities to be put to the test by free-scoring Reds"

Hm

A better headline might be:

"Reds defensive frailties to be put to the test by high-pressing Saints"

Liverpool are at the same time awesome and appalling - awesome going forward but fragile at the back. If Saints sit back and let Liverpool do what they want like we used to do then we will be slaughtered. If our midfield and forwards step up and keep the pressure on Liverpool's defence, then Liverpool will crumble - their defence does not inspire much confidence, particularly Martin "the Octopus" Skrtel.
As at Anfield, if the tactics are right we might just get something from this game.

However, I am thinking our forwards are wasteful and Liverpool's are not. Suarez and Sturridge are more effective than Lambert and Rodriguez, and there are plenty more goals elsewhere in the Liverpool squad.
Should be an intriguing game - it depends on what Saints team steps out onto the pitch - the limp feeble Saints of our Sunderland FA Cup tie, or the sharp aggressive Saints of our home demolition of Hull?
Who can say?
"Saints defensive qualities to be put to the test by free-scoring Reds" Hm A better headline might be: "Reds defensive frailties to be put to the test by high-pressing Saints" Liverpool are at the same time awesome and appalling - awesome going forward but fragile at the back. If Saints sit back and let Liverpool do what they want like we used to do then we will be slaughtered. If our midfield and forwards step up and keep the pressure on Liverpool's defence, then Liverpool will crumble - their defence does not inspire much confidence, particularly Martin "the Octopus" Skrtel. As at Anfield, if the tactics are right we might just get something from this game. However, I am thinking our forwards are wasteful and Liverpool's are not. Suarez and Sturridge are more effective than Lambert and Rodriguez, and there are plenty more goals elsewhere in the Liverpool squad. Should be an intriguing game - it depends on what Saints team steps out onto the pitch - the limp feeble Saints of our Sunderland FA Cup tie, or the sharp aggressive Saints of our home demolition of Hull? Who can say? Jan28th1984

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