CONFIRMED: Liverpool line-up - Four centre-backs start for Reds

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Here is the Liverpool line-up for the 3:00pm kick-off against Southampton.

Starting XI: Mignolet, Toure, Sakho, Agger, Skrtel, Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard, Aspas, Moses, Sturridge

Subs: Jones, Kelly, Sterling, Enrique, Wisdom, Ibe, Alberto

After conceding their first league goals of the season against Swansea City last week, Liverpool will be hoping to rediscover their early season habit of scoring few but conceding fewer, or more specifically, none.

With the four teams directly below them not playing until tomorrow, the Reds have the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table to four points. But Southampton have proved hard to beat in the early stages of the new campaign, and Liverpool will have to be near their best to overcome an fast-improving side.

Daniel Agger should be fit following his absence against the Swans, but Philippe Coutinho’s shoulder injury keeps him out. Iago Aspas and Raheem Sterling are both in line for a return to the team, while Rodgers has some tough decisions to make regarding which of his centre-backs will take to the field and who will have to make do with the bench.

For the Saints, Luke Shaw has overcome the knock he suffered on Sunday and should feature.

Unbeaten in their last 10 league games at Anfield, the Reds are expected to make that 11 this afternoon. And another victory will give them their best ever start to a Premier League campaign.

In last match before Luis Suarez returns from his suspension, all eyes will be on those attempting to keep him out of the side.

What is your prediction for the game?

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