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STATS European Football Writer

(AP) -- LONDON (SE) - Southampton travel to Anfield to play Liverpool on Saturday afternoon, looking for a win to take them out of the Premier League's bottom three.

Despite a recent resurgence, the Saints (3-3-8) are in the relegation zone after the midweek round of matches, but could move within one point of their illustrious opponents with a win.

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert scored in the 1-1 draw with Norwich on Wednesday, but admitted to being frustrated his team failed to secure the win.

"I am definitely frustrated not to get the three points," said Lambert, whose goal was his sixth of the season. "I thought we played really well in the first half and I thought we were definitely going to win it. We've come in disappointed at half-time and felt we could have pushed on in the second half."

Liverpool (3-7-4) lost 2-1 to Tottenham on Wednesday to continue a run of just one win in nine in all competitions, but manager Brendan Rodgers was left frustrated by the result.

"We're bitterly disappointed having dominated the game," said Rodgers. "We gave away the goals early on and the second from a free-kick that was never a free-kick.

"I've got to say, you'll struggle to come here, play as well as that and not get anything. I thought the players were outstanding, we would have been disappointed to have got only a point having played so well. The performance level and our tempo and rhythm were relentless. If we keep playing like that, we'll climb up the table."

Liverpool's defeat at Spurs saw them slip to 12th in the league, just four points clear of the relegation zone. Despite Rodgers' disappointment, the game at White Hart Lane again succeeded in highlighting his team's reliance on Luiz Suarez, who had an effort cleared off the line in a lively display up front on his own. The Uruguay international has scored 10 of Liverpool's 17 league goals this season and assisted on two others.

The Reds are without Fabio Borini (ankle), Martin Kelly (knee) and Lucas Leiva (thigh), and Rodgers will have to decide whether to stick with Stewart Downing at left-back and Jordan Henderson in midfield, after both were again substituted in the defeat at Spurs.

Danny Fox (knee) and Frazer Richardson (thigh) are out for Southampton, while Richard Chaplow is a doubt after picking up a knock. Gaffer Nigel Adkins, though, will be tempted to stick with the starting lineup from Wednesday's draw.

These two teams haven't met since 2005, when Southampton finished last in the top-flight. Liverpool came out 1-0 winners at Anfield that season thanks to a goal by the long-since departed Florent Sinama Pongolle, but the Saints did beat Liverpool 2-0 at St Mary's later in the campaign.

Updated November 29, 2012

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