Saints beaten at Anfield

Anfield | Sat 18 Nov 3.00PM | Attendance: 53,256
Match Report Highlights

LIV v Saints Match Centre

LIV v Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Salah on target with first-half double as Liverpool run out 3-0 winners
  • Coutinho adds home side's third midway through the second period
  • Bertrand goes closest for Saints from a free kick shortly before the interval
  • Two changes for Pellegrino, as Hoedt and Long return in place of Yoshida and Gabbiadini

FULL TIME: Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

It's all over at Anfield and Saints can't argue too much with this result. Liverpool were worthy winners on a tough day for Mauricio Pellegrino's men at Anfield. 

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84’

Firmino shoots wide

Desperate to add his name to the scoresheet, Firmino finds space on the edge of the box and drills a low shot just beyond the far post.

80’

Liverpool substitution: James Milner replaces Mohamed Salah Ghaly

The star of the show is withdrawn, as two-goal Salah departs to a standing ovation.

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79’

Southampton substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Shane Long

Pellegrino's final change is like for like, as Gabbiadini comes on to partner Austin up front.

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73’

Liverpool substitution: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Sadio Mané

One former Southampton player replaces another, as Oxlade-Chamberlain enters the fray.

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72’

Austin heads over

Ward-Prowse's first involvement is to deliver a dangerous free kick that's headed off target by Austin inside a crowded penalty area.

69’

Southampton substitution: James Ward-Prowse replaces Sofiane Boufal

Mauricio Pellegrino responds to Liverpool's third goal with his second substitution.

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Coutinho makes it three

Mané's reverse pass finds Firmino in the box, whose driven shot is parried by Forster but falls invitingly for Coutinho to steer in the rebound.

67’

Goal

Philippe Coutinho (67’) | Liverpool 3 0 Southampton

63’

Coutinho goes close

Sharp feet from Coutinho, who collects Salah's pass and glides into a shooting position but cannot hit the target, firing inches wide.

61’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

Romeu goes into the book for halting Firmino on the break. That's a fifth yellow card and therefore a one-match ban for the Spaniard.

59’

Hoedt receiving treatment

The Dutchman jumped for a header and appeared to land awkwardly, but he's now back on his feet.

55’

Southampton substitution: Charlie Austin replaces Dušan Tadić

It's a first change of the day for Mauricio Pellegrino, with Tadić the man sacrificed.

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54’

Forster saves from Firmino

Alexander-Arnold passes through the Saints defence to pick out Firmino, but Forster comes off his line to make a smart save at the feet of the Brazilian.

51’

Boufal threatens again

For once Liverpool look exposed as Saints break quickly, but Lovren defends well to read Boufal's intentions and block his shot.

49’

Boufal fires over

Bertrand's throw-in finds Tadić with his back to goal, whose lay-off is hit first time by Boufal, but his well-struck shot flies over the top.

47’

Second half under way

We're back for the second period and Liverpool have got the action back under way. Big turnaround needed, Saints! 👊

Bertrand goes close

Ryan Bertrand reacts to his free kick that sailed agonisingly wide - it's the closest Saints have come to troubling the scorers.

Forster thwarts Wijnaldum

There will be no fifth successive clean sheet against Liverpool for the Southampton keeper, but Fraser Forster was in the right place to make this first-half save from Georginio Wijnaldum.

HALF TIME: Liverpool 2-0 Southampton

Saints looked solid for the first half-hour, but Liverpool punished a sloppy piece of play to take the lead through Mo Salah after 31 minutes. Full of confidence, the in-form Egyptian added his second just before the interval. It's a long way back from here.

+2’

So close from Bertrand!

It's Saints' best moment of the game, as Bertrand lines up a 30-yard free kick. He gets tremendous pace and whip, but it flies inches wide of goal.

Salah scores his second

It's a long way back for Saints now. Coutinho's piercing through ball unlocks the defence and Salah latches on to it with a cool finish beyond the onrushing Forster.

41’

Goal

Mohamed Salah Ghaly (41’) | Liverpool 2 0 Southampton

40’

Cédric cross causes problems

A typical burst forward from Cédric results in a swirling cross that causes problems for Mignolet, as the Liverpool keeper punches unconvincingly to safety.

Salah makes the breakthrough

Tadić is caught in possession on the edge of his own box and Saints are punished, as Salah curls in a delicious shot from the edge of the box to leave Forster no chance.

31’

Goal

Mohamed Salah Ghaly (31’) | Liverpool 1 0 Southampton

26’

Saints stand firm

Saints have not offered much by way of an attacking threat, but Liverpool have struggled to get in behind a well-organised defence and found themselves restricted to speculative shots from distance.

25’

Coutinho tries his luck again

This time it's a free kick from which Coutinho tries his luck, but the Brazilian is a long way out - at least 30 yards - and Forster is not troubled by an ambitious attempt that sails over.

24’

Coutinho shoots wide

First real glimpse of Coutinho, who drives forward from deep and lets fly from 25 yards, but he drags his shot wide of the post.

23’

Forster saves from Wijnaldum

Mané tees up Wijnaldum to shoot from 20 yards. It's curling away from Forster towards the far corner, but the keeper is there in plenty of time to parry the ball well clear of danger.

19’

Crucial tackle from Cédric 

Mané shows his pace in trying to latch on to a long ball over the top, but Cédric tracks his man all the way and defends diligently to keep Liverpool at bay.

11’

Salah goes close again

It's a second chance in quick succession for the in-form Egyptian winger, who this time meets a cross from ex-Saint Mané, but cannot connect cleanly on the volley.

10’

First chance for Liverpool

Alexander-Arnold bundles his way into the box only to be thwarted by Forster, before Salah's shot is deflected wide on the rebound.

4’

Tadić back on his feet 👍

The Serbian is back on the field of play and Saints are back to their full complement.

2’

Tadić receiving treatment

We're only two minutes into the game, but Dušan Tadić is already hobbling. He took a painful dead leg from Ragnar Klavan.

1’

Saints get us under way!

Sofiane Boufal gets us up and running and we're under way at Anfield. Let's do this! 💪

The teams are out!

We're ready for kick-off at Anfield. Come on Saints! 😇

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IT'S A NICE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO PLAY AGAINST ONE OF THE TOP TEAMS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE. WE WILL SEE HOW WE ARE - IT'S A GOOD MEASURE FOR US, BUT WE KNOW IT WILL BE REALLY DIFFICULT.

mauricio pellegrino
southampton manager
14.52

Warm-up complete ✅

The pre-match preparations are over and we're awaiting the teams at Anfield. Ten minutes until kick-off!

14.51

we need to be confident. we have come here for big games before, and i hope we can get another good result today.

sOFIANE BOUFAL
SOUTHAMPTON 
14.31

More Boufal magic?

Winner of October's Premier League Goal of the Month award for his stunning solo effort against West Brom, will Sofiane Boufal provide another memorable moment for the travelling Saints fans today?

14.29

Watch the players arrive at Anfield

The Saints players have already had a look around the stadium and Mauricio Pellegrino has announced his team selection. Earlier, we were on hand to capture the lads arriving at Anfield for today's game.

14.09

Two changes for Saints

Mauricio Pellegrino has opted to make two alterations to his Saints starting line-up following the defeat to Burnley last time out. Wesley Hoedt replaces Maya Yoshida at the heart of the defence, while Shane Long is preferred to Manolo Gabbiadini up front.

14.06

Liverpool team confirmed

Starting XI: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino, Mané.

Subs: Karius, Gomez, Can, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke, Sturridge.

14.03

Saints team confirmed! 😇

Starting XI: Forster, Cédric, van Dijk, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, Davis, Redmond, Boufal, Tadić, Long.

Subs: McCarthy, Yoshida, Targett, Højbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Gabbiadini, Austin.

14.00

The players are here!

See the best of the images from our club photographer, who was on hand to capture the Saints players arriving at Anfield.

13.48

15 minutes until team news!

Who would you like to see in Mauricio Pellegrino's starting line-up at Anfield? Find out who the manager has selected at 2pm BST.

13.45

Target practice 🎯

Saints have been working on their finishing ahead of today's game - watch the pick of the goals from Staplewood here!

13.07

in the last four games we played against teams who were deep, without space. maybe now we will find more spaces. i can't say that it will be easier, but it will be a different game.

mauricio pellegrino
southampton manager
13.03

Watch Saints' Liverpool preparations

We had our cameras at Staplewood to capture the players in training ahead of today's game.

13.01

Frustrated by Fraser

Liverpool will be out for revenge after Saints dumped them out of the League Cup in a dramatic two-legged semi-final, before this Fraser Forster penalty save from James Milner threatened to scupper the Reds' hopes of finishing in the top four last season.

12.08

they were all different games and we don't use them for analysis, because southampton's team has changed and our team has changed. i don't care how long it's been since we scored [against southampton]. i know it will be difficult to win.

jurgen klopp
liverpool manager
12.05

Pellegrino previews today's game

We caught up with Mauricio Pellegrino, who shared his thoughts on returning to the club where he spent time as a player and coach.

12.01

Happy hunting ground?

Saints are back at Anfield, which has proved a kind venue in recent times. Here's how you can keep tabs on today's action.

11.57

Welcome to Matchday Live! 😇

The Premier League returns after the international break, as Saints travel to Anfield looking to continue their impressive recent record against Liverpool. Can the lads extend their unbeaten streak against the Reds to six games?


We'll be here to guide you through the day, as we bring you the build-up, team news, match updates and free audio commentary!

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LIV v Saints Line Ups

Liverpool

22
Simon Mignolet (GK)
18
Alberto Moreno
66
Trent Alexander-Arnold
17
Ragnar Klavan
6
Dejan Lovren
10
Philippe Coutinho
Emre Can (69′)
5
Georginio Wijnaldum
14
Jordan Henderson (C)
9
Roberto Firmino
19
Sadio Mané
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (74′)
11
Mohamed Salah
James Milner (80′)
1
Loris Karius
23
Emre Can
29
Dominic Solanke
7
James Milner
12
Joseph Gomez
15
Daniel Sturridge
21
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
17
Virgil van Dijk
6
Wesley Hoedt
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
14
Oriol Romeu
22
Nathan Redmond
19
Sofiane Boufal
James Ward-Prowse (69′)
8
Steven Davis (C)
11
Dusan Tadic
Charlie Austin (55′)
7
Shane Long
Manolo Gabbiadini (79′)
10
Charlie Austin
3
Maya Yoshida
16
James Ward-Prowse
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
33
Matt Targett
13
Alex McCarthy
20
Manolo Gabbiadini

LIV v Saints Match Stats

Liverpool

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    61
    39
  • Shots
    21
    5
  • Shots on target
    8
    0
  • Corners
    10
    2
  • Passes Complete
    472
    261

Top Saints Player Stats

Chances Created
2
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Passes Completed
38
Virgil Van Dijk
Virgil Van Dijk
Tackles
6
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Clearances
9
Virgil Van Dijk
Virgil Van Dijk
Saves
5
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster