Slick Liverpool see off Saints

St Mary's Stadium | Sun 11 Feb 4.30PM | Attendance: 31,915
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Saints vs LIV As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Finished 2-0 to the visitors, with first-half strikes sealing the points.
  • Mo Salah doubled the visitors' advantage just before half-time, linking superbly with Firmino.
  • Big first-half chances for Højbjerg and Ward-Prowse went begging.
  • Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool an early lead in the sixth minute, capitalising on a mistake from Hoedt.

Report: Saints 0-2 Liverpool

Read our report from St Mary's where two first-half goals secured victory for Liverpool: click here!

19.03

A frustrating afternoon!

First-half chances went begging, before Mo Salah's 21st goal of the campaign consolidated Liverpool's lead and gave the home side a mountain to climb. Too much in the end, as Liverpool run out winners at St Mary's.

18.28

FULL-TIME: Saints 0-2 Liverpool

Saints undone by two first-half goals. The visitors largely contained Mauricio Pellegrino's men, although a spell of pressure in the first period presented two good goalscoring opportunities for Højbjerg and Ward-Prowse. Strikes from Firmino and Salah seal the points.

Four minutes added...

An additional four minutes will be added here, but Saints haven't really made an impact in this second half. Liverpool happy to frustrate the home side by keeping the ball in their half.

89’

Liverpool substitution: Dejan Lovren replaces Mohamed Salah Ghaly

Salah withdrawn, Dejan Lovren takes his place for the remaining few minutes.

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Liverpool winding the clock down...

The visitors are content keeping the ball. Adam Lallana is the latest player to go close though, bursting forward before curling his effort wide of the post.

82’

Tadić gets forward...

Well found down the right by Cédric, the cross is looped to the back post. Karius elects to punch, unconvincingly. But the ball is eventually cleared up field. 

80’

Southampton substitution: Steven Davis replaces Oriol Romeu

Southampton's final change of the afternoon, sees Romeu withdrawn in place of Davis. He doesn't have long to make an impact!

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78’

Liverpool substitution: Adam Lallana replaces Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira

Adam Lallana comes on in place of Firmino. 

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76’

Mane fires wide

Off balance, the forward sends the ball aimlessly in to the stands. He was well found by Salah in the build up.

73’

Long straight in to the action

Working tirelessly to reach a ball which Alexander-Arnold was favourite for, the striker nips in front. But can't gather, before it rolls out of play.

71’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces James Ward-Prowse

Shane Long introduced up top, will play alongside Carrillo.

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Saints probing...

But can't find a way through. Before Firmino produces a save from McCarthy, and then Salah shoots wide of the post.

62’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

The Saints midfielder is the first man into the book.

60’

Liverpool substitution: James Milner replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

That's the end of former Saint Oxlade-Chamberlain's afternoon, as Milner takes his place in midfield.

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59’

Hoedt goes close

The Dutchman gets across the front post to meet a Ward-Prowse free kick, but he cannot divert the ball on target.

57’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces Mario Lemina

It's a first change of the game for Mauricio Pellegrino, as Boufal comes on to inject some extra creativity with the hour mark approaching.

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47’

We're back under way...

Liverpool have kicked off and we're up and running again at St Mary's. A big second-half performance needed! Come on you Saints!

HALF-TIME: Saints 0-2 Liverpool

Saints trail by two at the break. Regular pairing Firmino and Salah the scorers, who in turn, assisted each other's strikes.

One minute added

After pushing for a goal of their own, and arguably against the run of play, Saints find themselves two goals behind as we approach the break. One minute of additional time.

Salah doubles the lead

An audacious flick from Firmino finds the run of Salah, who sidefoots past Alex McCarthy to give Liverpool a two goal cushion. 

42’

GOAL

Mohamed Salah Ghaly (42’) | Southampton 0 2 Liverpool

Carrillo linking well...

The striker invited Bertrand to advance down the left, the delivery was wayward. But Saints soon recover possession, Ward-Prowse again with the eventual effort, which required intervention from Karius. He's certainly been the busier of the two 'keepers!

Saints looking threatening

The home side have worked their way in to this one. A succession of corners from Ward-Prowse have looked dangerous, but as yet, no breakthrough. 

Liverpool still lead

No further goals after Firmino's opener, but chances have come at both ends. Robertson is a threat down the left for the visitors, and Carillo, Ward-Prowse and Højbjerg have all tested Karius in the Reds' goal.

34’

Saints survive

Robertson's low ball was fizzed across the goalmouth, begging for a connection. McCarthy with the outstretched arm couldn't clear, but no takers in a Liverpool shirt. 

32’

Brief stoppage

Mario Lemina goes down, having been stepped on by Firmino. Looks to be okay. Just after the restart, Mane is through but he stabs his effort wide.

30’

Saints on the front foot!

Ward-Prowse this time with the headed effort, asking yet more questions of Karius's credentials. The stopper pulls off a superb one handed save to deny Saints, who look the more dangerous in this spell.

29’

Carrillo header saved

A wonderful delivery from James Ward-Prowse, characteristically so. The striker gets up well, beats his man to the header but Karius saves. 

25’

Firmino goes down

The goalscorer goes down in the penalty area under the pressure of Jack Stephens. Looked to be little in it, before Sadio Mane pulls the trigger from range. Dragged two yards wide.

22’

Dangerous ball from Robertson

Whipped in from the left by the fullback, where Salah was waiting to pounce. The ball was cleared awkwardly by Wesley Hoedt, before Firmino inadvertently turned out for a goal kick.

18’

Højbjerg with a chance to draw level!

The midfielder with a glorious opportunity to level the tie. Oriol Romeu switched a ball out to the right, where Højbjerg had pulled away at the far post. Taking the ball on his chest - Robertson was beaten by the flight of the pass - Højbjerg shot low but it was smothered well by Karius.

16’

Stephens fires wide

Latching on to a lose ball, the defender takes a touch to steady, before striking just wide of the far post. In a rich vein of scoring form, you wouldn't bet against him getting another!

12’

Tadić making the runs

Cédric tries to find the run of Tadić in behind, but he has strayed offside. Saints looking to get forward, after conceding the early goal.

Firmino puts Liverpool in front

The visitors break quickly as Oxlade-Chamberlain finds Salah, whose clever pass inside is taken in his stride by Firmino to open the scoring.

7’

GOAL

Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira (7’) | Southampton 0 1 Liverpool

1’

We're under way!

Saints get the game kicked off and we're up and running at St Mary's. Come on, lads! 💪

Warm-up time 🔥

It's a very chilly day here at St Mary's, but both sets of players are now limbering up. Kick-off is just 30 minutes away!

15.58

Højbjerg returns

One change for Mauricio Pellegrino's men today, as Pierre-Emile Højbjerg replaces Sofiane Boufal, who drops down to the bench.

15.54

😎

Your Saints captain for this afternoon, Ryan Bertrand! 👊

15.34

Liverpool 🗒

Starting XI: Karius (GK), van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Firmino, Salah, Mane, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can (c), Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold. 

Subs: Mignolet (GK), Lovren, Milner, Moreno, Lallana, Ings, Solanke.

15.33

Saints team confirmed 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy (GK), Cédric, Stephens, Hoedt, Carrillo, Tadić, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Lemina, Bertrand (c), Højbjerg.

Subs: Forster (GK), Yoshida, Long, Davis, Boufal, Gabbiadini, Redmond.

15.30

Team news incoming...

We'll have your Saints starting line up in just over ten minutes time!

15.17

📸 👋

Afternoon, lads! 

14.37

Saints arrive! 😇

Southampton's players are in the building! Watch as they interact with fans on their way in to St Mary's.

14.32

Saints XI 👀

Who would you have in your Southampton starting XI today? We'll have all the live team news updates at 3:30PM GMT!

14.11

There's a special relationship between liverpool and southampton, it won't be a friendly game! We fight for everything, they fight for everything.

Jürgen Klopp
13.58

Cover Star: Ryan Bertrand ⭐️

The fullback discusses how he struggles to get over a defeat, why he took five years to feel part of the England setup, and the time he had to deliver a pre-match team talk to established international stars at Chelsea.

For all this and more, read the full feature interview in today's edition of SAINTS, the matchday magazine priced at £4. Also available to buy here: www.saintsmagazines.co.uk

13.52

Getting set 👊

Take a look at a selection of photos from this week's training schedule at Staplewood, as Saints put the work in ahead of hosting Liverpool.

13.47

i said after the west brom game that we have greater belief in ourselves now and that is the most important drug in this moment for our team. 

Mauricio pellegrino
13.40

Pellegrino previews Liverpool clash

We visited Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino ahead of the game to get his thoughts on today's opposition. Watch the interview above...

13.37

It's matchday at St Mary's! 😇

Welcome to Matchday Live! It's a big day in the Premier League, as Saints entertain Liverpool here at St Mary's, looking for back-to-back victories after last week's 3-2 triumph over West Brom.


We'll be here to guide you through the day, with all the build-up, team news, match updates and free commentary!

13.35

Saints vs LIV Line Ups

Southampton

13
Alex McCarthy (GK)
2
Cédric Soares
5
Jack Stephens
6
Wesley Hoedt
21
Ryan Bertrand (C)
11
Dusan Tadic
14
Oriol Romeu
Steven Davis (80′)
16
James Ward-Prowse
Shane Long (71′)
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
18
Mario Lemina
Sofiane Boufal (57′)
9
Guido Carrillo
44
Fraser Forster
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
3
Maya Yoshida
22
Nathan Redmond
19
Sofiane Boufal
8
Steven Davis
7
Shane Long

Liverpool

1
Loris Karius (GK)
26
Andrew Robertson
66
Trent Alexander-Arnold
32
Joel Matip
4
Virgil van Dijk
23
Emre Can (C)
5
Georginio Wijnaldum
21
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
James Milner (60′)
11
Mohamed Salah
Dejan Lovren (89′)
9
Roberto Firmino
Adam Lallana (79′)
19
Sadio Mané
7
James Milner
29
Dominic Solanke
6
Dejan Lovren
20
Adam Lallana
22
Simon Mignolet
28
Danny Ings
18
Alberto Moreno

Saints vs LIV Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Liverpool
  • Possession (%)
    52
    48
  • Shots
    6
    16
  • Shots on target
    4
    4
  • Corners
    3
    1
  • Passes Complete
    427
    399

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
2
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Chances Created
3
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Passes Completed
58
Wesley Hoedt
Wesley Hoedt
Tackles
3
Wesley Hoedt
Wesley Hoedt
Clearances
6
Wesley Hoedt
Wesley Hoedt
Saves
2
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy