Saints blank Liverpool again

By SFC Media Sun 07 May Liverpool vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson
Sun 07 May 1.30PM
Premier League
Liverpool
0
Southampton
0
Lovren (89')
Soares (65') Ward-Prowse (65') Bertrand (90+2')
Referee: Robert Madley | Venue: Anfield | Attendance: 53,159

Southampton made it four games unbeaten and four clean sheets in a row against Liverpool this season, as they fought for a 0-0 draw at Anfield.

Fraser Forster's stunning penalty save in the second half from James Milner highlighted what was a brilliant defensive performance from the entire side.

After a 0-0 draw at St Mary's in the Premier League earlier in the campaign, and a pair of 1-0 wins in the EFL Cup semi-final, Claude Puel's side again proved frustrating opponents for Jürgen Klopp's men.

The point was enough to lift Southampton back up to tenth place in the top-flight, after Saturday's results had pushed them down to 12th position.

Puel made one change from the side that drew 0-0 with Hull last time out, as James Ward-Prowse came in for Nathan Redmond, who dropped to the bench.

The Saints boss would have been satisfied with the start his side made, as they settled into the game well and kept Liverpool at bay in the opening stages.

It took 15 minutes for the Reds to carve out a chance, as Roberto Firmino dispossessed Oriol Romeu just outside the area, but Maya Yoshida was superbly positioned to block his subsequent shot.

Saints were doing well to frustrate their opponents, although there would have been a tinge of concern when Philippe Coutinho cut onto his right foot 25 yards out midway through the half.

The Brazilian has hurt them from distance on more than one occasion in the past, but this effort was curled straight at Forster.

The Saints keeper was again called into action in the 34th minute, as Firmino sent in a low, angled shot from distance, but the strike was lacking power, and Forster got down to his right to hold on.

Puel’s men continued to defend superbly as a team through to the interval, and they headed into the break with the scores still level at 0-0.

If there was one disappointment, though, it was that Saints had struggled to create in the opening 45 minutes, and Puel sent on Redmond for Sofiane Boufal after an hour as he looked to add a bit of additional pace at the top end of the pitch.

Fraser Forster saves James Milner's penalty

The concern was soon at the other end, though, as referee Bobby Madley awarded Liverpool a controversial penalty in the 63rd minute.

Lucas sent an angled ball into the Saints area, with Jack Stephens and Divock Origi challenging for it. The ball initially looped off them, before hitting Stephens on the upper arm as he spun around to look for it.

Madley had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, but it didn’t matter, as Forster sprung brilliantly to his right to turn Milner’s low, firm effort away.

Shortly afterwards, Forster again denied the hosts, as he got behind Coutinho’s crisp strike from 20 yards.

In between those events, Puel sent on Shane Long – the hero of the last trip to Anfield – for Manolo Gabbiadini, while Jürgen Klopp introduced Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge for Lucas and Origi.

Saints were now beginning to look a little more threatening, with Dušan Tadić and Romeu both nearly able to squeeze Long in behind, while Redmond fired an angled shot over.

Saints couldn't quite carve out a truly significant opening, though, while they were again indebted to Forster for an excellent save from Coutinho's added-time header, as they held on to earn a well-deserved point.

Liverpool

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    65
    35
  • Shots
    17
    4
  • Shots on target
    8
    0
  • Corners
    3
    6
  • Passes Complete
    499
    206

Liverpool

22
Simon Mignolet (GK)
2
Nathaniel Clyne
32
Joel Matip
7
James Milner (C)
6
Dejan Lovren
5
Georginio Wijnaldum
Marko Grujic (87′)
21
Lucas Leiva
Adam Lallana (69′)
23
Emre Can
10
Philippe Coutinho
11
Roberto Firmino
27
Divock Origi
Daniel Sturridge (69′)
15
Daniel Sturridge
18
Alberto Moreno
1
Loris Karius
66
Trent Alexander-Arnold
17
Ragnar Klavan
16
Marko Grujic
20
Adam Lallana

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
2
Cédric Soares
3
Maya Yoshida
24
Jack Stephens
21
Ryan Bertrand
11
Dusan Tadic
14
Oriol Romeu
16
James Ward-Prowse
8
Steven Davis (C)
19
Sofiane Boufal
Nathan Redmond (60′)
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
Shane Long (69′)
26
Jérémy Pied
12
Martín Cáceres
9
Jay Rodriguez
22
Nathan Redmond
40
Mouez Hassen
7
Shane Long
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
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