Saints beaten by Liverpool comeback

St Mary's Stadium | Fri 05 Apr 8PM | Attendance: 31,797
Match Report Highlights

Saints vs LIV
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Saints vs LIV As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints beaten 3-1 at St Mary's by Liverpool
  • Mo Salah and Jordan Henderson scored late on for visitors
  • Shane Long had fired Southampton into an early lead
  • Naby Keita levelled for Liverpool in the 36th minute with a header
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saints poll: who will be our hero tonight? ��

saints poll: who will be our hero tonight? ��

The results so far:

  • angus gunn
    26%
  • pierre-emile højbjerg
    8%
  • james ward-prowse
    26%
  • nathan redmond
    20%
  • shane long
    16%
  • charlie austin
    3%
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saints trivia: who scored the winner in saints' last league victory over liverpool?

saints trivia: who scored the winner in saints' last league victory over liverpool?

The results so far:

  • rickie lambert
    6%
  • dejan lovren
    9%
  • sadio mané
    53%
  • graziano pellè
    3%
  • nathan redmond
    6%
  • shane long
    24%

FULL TIME: Southampton 1-3 liverpool

it's perhaps a cruel scoreline on saints, who were excellent for much of the night, but it's the title challengers who claim all three points here at st Mary's.

+1’

Yellow Card for Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

the Liverpool midfielder is booked for a foul on Ryan Bertrand

87’

Liverpool substitution: Dejan Lovren replaces Naby Keita

that's Liverpool's last change of the evening.

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henderson converts for liverpool

that might be it. Jordan Henderson is on the end of a low cross from Roberto firmino and he slots past Angus gunn to put Liverpool two clear.

85’

GOAL

Jordan Henderson (85’) | 1 3

82’

Southampton substitution: Stuart Armstrong replaces Oriol Romeu

and that's the final change of the night for the hosts.

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82’

Southampton substitution: Charlie Austin replaces Jannik Vestergaard

saints make another change.

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salah breaks the deadlock

mo salah breaks away on the counter and finishes inside the post from the edge of the area.

79’

GOAL

Mohamed Salah Ghaly (79’) | 1 2

74’

Yellow Card for Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

the saints left-back is cautioned for taking too long over a throw-in.

attendance: 31,797

a great crowd and a great atmosphere at st Mary's for what has been a great match so far.

it's getting tense at st mary's

midway through the second half and Liverpool are now starting to press. this one remains on a knife-edge.

62’

firmino misses a half chance

Roberto firmino is starting to come into this a little more. said mané gets to the byline and finds him with a cutback, but his contact isn't great and the ball dribbles wide.

61’

Southampton substitution: Josh Sims replaces Shane Long

Southampton's first change sees goalscorer long replaced to warm applause, as josh sims comes on in his place.

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60’

gunn saves from firmino

a little spell of pressure from Liverpool ends with Roberto firmino firing straight at Angus gunn from 20 yards, with the saints keeper making the save.

58’

Liverpool substitution: Jordan Henderson replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold

... and a second change for the visitors.

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58’

Liverpool substitution: James Milner replaces Georginio Wijnaldum

A first change for Liverpool...

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57’

keita penalty appeal dismissed

a big shout for a spot kick for Liverpool as naby keita is brought down in the area by Maya Yoshida. referee Paul Tierney says no penalty, but saints probably got a bit lucky there judging by the replay!

53’

long off target from distance

Shane long finds himself in space 30 yards out, but his right-footed effort is comfortably off target. another moment of threat from the hosts, though, who continue to be on the front foot.

52’

vestergaard heads wide

James ward-prowse's corner is met by the head of Southampton's giant danish defender, but his effort drifts wide of the far post.

51’

Redmond shot deflects wide

it's saints on the front foot again here. Nathan Redmond strikes a bouncing ball on the edge of the area and it deflects behind, before Liverpool clear the resulting corner.

48’

Valery close to unlocking Liverpool defence

great work from Yan Valery to get free down the right, and he sends in a brilliant cross, but it's inches out of reach of the head of Nathan Redmond in the centre. a positive start to this half from saints too, though.

second half under way!

saints get us started again! let's do this, boys! 👊

first-half action shots 📸

check out some of our photographers' images from an enthralling first half at st Mary's.

half time: Southampton 1-1 liverpool

an excellent half from Ralph Hasenhüttl's side, who probably deserve to be in front. as it is, naby Keita's goal cancelled out Shane long's early opener and were level.

Redmond threatens down left

the saints forward gets to the byline and sends in a dangerous low cross, but it's turned away by his former teammate, Virgil van dijk.

Keita levels things up

it's cruel on saints, mo salah appeared to be offside in the initial build-up, with it eventually ending up with naby keita powering in a back-post header from Trent Alexander-arnold's cross.

35’

GOAL

Naby Keita (35’) | 1 1

🔟 minutes to half-time

it's been an excellent half from Southampton so far, with Ralph Hasenhüttl's men fully deserving of their lead. can they keep it going until the interval?

29’

firmino slices over

not much for Liverpool since the earlier save from Angus gunn. Roberto firmino tries his luck from the edge of the area with a volley, but it's a difficult one to hit and he slices it well off target.

25’

Højbjerg shot from distance blocked

still saints are looking for that second. Pierre-emile højbjerg hits a well-struck half-volley from distance, but it's blocked on the edge of the area.

Redmond and bertrand linking well

these two have been a big threat already for the hosts down the left-hand side. keep it going, lads! 👊

19’

long misses chance to double lead

a big opportunity for a second, as Ryan Bertrand blocks a Trent Alexander-arnold clearance and then is fed the ball by Nathan Redmond. Bertrand then delivers a low pass for an unmarked Shane long in the area, but he can't sort his feet out in time to make a proper contact on it.

longy celebrates! 📸

he loves a goal against Liverpool! a great moment for Shane long!

16’

a huge save from gunn! 👐

saints nearly undone there, as mo salah clips a beautiful cross in for sadio mané, but Angus gunn turns his header from just outside the six-yard box away with a fine reaction save, before naby keita sends the rebound just wide from a tight angle.

14’

saints still on top

the goal hasn't changed anything yet - it's still Southampton on the front foot. Nathan Redmond forces a corner, which comes to nothing ultimately, but more good intent from the hosts.

GOALSCORER 7 Shane Long

GET INNNNNNNN! LONGYYYYYYYYY!

YES! YES! YES! Ryan Bertrand crossed from a deep position on the left, with pierre-emile højbjerg flicking it on, and there's Shane long, who controls and finishes into the bottom corner from about ten yards out with his right foot.

8’

GOOOAL!!!

Shane Long (8’) | 1 0

a positive start from saints

Liverpool's threat will no doubt arrive, but Ralph hasenhüttl will be pleased with the positive opening from his side so far.

5’

dangerous move from saints...

Pierre-emile højbjerg dispossesses naby keita in midfield and finds Nathan Redmond down the left. he, in turn, uses Ryan Bertrand on the overlap, with his cross to the near post just out of the reach of Shane long, before its headed behind by Liverpool, who clear the resulting corner.

2’

What an atmosphere!

st Mary's is at its very best tonight. great noise from both sets of supporters in the opening stages of the game!

0’

SHOWTIME! 😇

We're under way at st Mary's! come on you saints!

here come the saints 😍

the teams have emerged from the tunnel to a sea of red and white! the atmosphere is heating up and we're ready to go 😤

19.57

Your key man ♥️

the votes have been cast and you picked james ward-prowse as your most likely saints hero tonight! he's just been nominated for goal of the month and player of the month for march... what will april bring for our form man? 📈

19.55

the boys are warm! 🔥

both sets of players have completed their warm-ups and we're less than 15 minutes away from kick-off...

19.48

watch saints prepare for tonight's clash 🎥

we caught some of the best action from training at staplewood, where saints have been in high spirits after back-t0-back victories! 💪

19.31

see saints arrive ahead of kick-off! 👋

our cameras were on hand to capture the players and staff arriving at st mary's. kick-off is just 35 minutes away! ⏳

19.25

talking tactics...

we're counting down to kick-off here at st mary's, where the teams have been announced and anticipation is building ahead of kick-off. what will the tactical battle look like? bleacher report's sam tighe assesses how saints might look to combat the title challengers...

19.21

the german hasenhüttl? 🤔

hear from liverpool manager jürgen klopp, who spoke in his press conference about the prospect of facing saints boss ralph hasenhüttl in the premier league for the first time.

19.14

what should we expect from liverpool?

the stakes are high for the visitors, who must win if they are to return to the premier league summit tonight. we spoke to liverpool echo reporter james pearce to get the inside track from anfield.

19.12

2️⃣ changes for the boss...

ralph hasenhüttl makes two alterations to his side victorious at brighton last time out. one is enforced, as shane long replaces the ineligible danny ings, while saints also revert to a back three as jannik vestergaard comes in for stuart armstrong.

19.09

liverpool team confirmed

starting xi: alisson, alexander-arnold, matip, van dijk, robertson, wijnaldum, fabinho, keita, salah, firmino, mané.

subs: mignolet, lovren, moreno, henderson, milner, shaqiri, origi.

19.02

SAINTS team confirmed 😇

starting xi: gunn, bednarek, yoshida, vestergaard, valery, ward-prowse, romeu, højbjerg, bertrand, redmond, long.

subs: mccarthy, stephens, targett, armstrong, sims, gallagher, austin.

19.01

this is my job for southampton now. we're looking to stay in the premier league and that's what we're trying to do tonight.

angus gunn
southampton's ex-man city keeper responds when asked about doing his former club a favour...
18.58

...and here's a few more 😏

check out a selection of the best saints goals against liverpool through the years! 😍

18.32

Well remembered, saints fans! 👏

with more than 50% of the vote, most of you correctly picked sadio mané as the last man to score a winning goal for saints against liverpool in the premier league, doing so in a memorable 3-2 victory back in march 2016.

18.24

1️⃣ hour until team news!

we're counting down to kick-off here at st mary's and this is the scene inside the home dressing room! who makes your saints xi tonight? we'll have news of both starting line-ups at 7pm bst ⏳

18.00

this game is for everyone 

southampton football club is proud to support the premier league's no room for racism campaign and the continued work of the kick it out campaign. 

17.43

Get clued up ahead of kick-off 🤓

check out our match pack for all the information you need ahead of tonight's game, from team news and manager comments to all the facts, stats and form!

17.33

fly the flag! 🚩

We've left a little present for every saints supporter attending tonight's game! fly the flag with us and give the players a welcome to remember ♥️

16.38
Southampton FC

💫 FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS 💫 #SaintsFC 🆚 #LFC, let’s make it one to remember at St Mary’s! 🔥

16.32

i think this is the best game we could have. we are five points above the line - maybe everyone feels the pressure is down, but the crucial part is that we stay focused. against a very good opponent like liverpool, we know we need a nearly perfect game to take points.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
16.31

The boss is ready 👊

we caught up with ralph hasenhüttl in his office at staplewood to hear from the boss ahead of tonight's game... it's safe to say he's looking forward to this one 😁

16.28

We're back! 😍

after four weeks away, southampton are back at st mary's and what a night we have in store! title hopefuls liverpool are in town looking to reclaim the leadership of the premier league, while saints have their sights set on a third straight victory. stay with us for all the build up, team news, live commentary and match updates. kick-off is at 8pm bst... come on you saints! 

15.51

Saints vs LIV Line Ups

Southampton

28
Angus Gunn (GK)
35
Jan Bednarek
3
Maya Yoshida
4
Jannik Vestergaard
Charlie Austin (83′)
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
14
Oriol Romeu
Stuart Armstrong (83′)
43
Yan Valery
21
Ryan Bertrand
7
Shane Long
Josh Sims (62′)
16
James Ward-Prowse
22
Nathan Redmond
15
Sam Gallagher
10
Charlie Austin
39
Josh Sims
5
Jack Stephens
1
Alex McCarthy
33
Matt Targett
17
Stuart Armstrong

Liverpool

13
Alisson (GK)
4
Virgil van Dijk (C)
26
Andrew Robertson
66
Trent Alexander-Arnold
Jordan Henderson (59′)
32
Joel Matip
5
Georginio Wijnaldum
James Milner (59′)
3
Fabinho
8
Naby Keita
Dejan Lovren (88′)
9
Roberto Firmino
10
Sadio Mané
11
Mohamed Salah
18
Alberto Moreno
23
Xherdan Shaqiri
27
Divock Origi
6
Dejan Lovren
22
Simon Mignolet
7
James Milner
14
Jordan Henderson

Saints vs LIV Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Liverpool
  • Possession (%)
    33
    67
  • Shots
    11
    17
  • Shots on target
    1
    5
  • Corners
    7
    5
  • Passes Complete
    175
    465

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Shane Long
Shane Long
Shots On Target
1
Shane Long
Shane Long
Chances Created
4
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Passes Completed
34
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
9
Jannik Vestergaard
Jannik Vestergaard
Clearances
11
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Saves
2
Angus Gunn
Angus Gunn