Liverpool had a tricky away fixture this afternoon against Southampton after another monotonous international break.
Jurgen Klopps’ men were denied a free flowing start unlike their previous encounter against Watford as the Saints backline showed great resilience to silence the Reds attacking threats. Liverpool created plenty of opportunities but failed to convert them into goals. Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Clyne and Emre Can – all had clear cut chances to alter the scoreline; but failed to register the victory for the Reds as the game ended scoreless at St Mary’s.
Liverpool’s front three looked a little fatigued and off-paced during the first half. The chances they created mostly came from Southampton’s defensive errors. But the defenders, especially Virgil Van Dijk, came up with another splendid performance as the Dutchman denied Firmino’s goal-scoring opportunity with a stunning block and kept Sadio Mane under control.
Liverpool looked more dangerous in second half as Philippe Coutinho started anchoring the Reds attacks. They did everything, came closest to break the deadlock on several occasions yet failed to find the back of the net. Firmino missed a sitter, so did Clyne and Coutinho with the latter being denied by a stunning block from skipper Jose De Fonte.
It was more like two points dropped for Jurgen Klopp what might lead his side to lose the top spot to Chelsea as the Blues are expected to defeat Middlesbrough tomorrow.
Southampton vs Liverpool Lineups:
Southampton: Fraser Forster, Cedric Soares, Jose De Fonte, Virgil Van Dijk, Ryan Bertrand, Orio Romeu, Steven Davies, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Harrison Reed 78′), Sofiane Boufal (Shane Long 66′), Nathan Redmond, Charlie Austin (Jay Rodriguez 75′).
Liverpool: Loris Karius, Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, James Milner, Emre Can (Daniel Sturridge 78′), Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane (Divock Origi 90′), Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho.
Southampton vs Liverpool Highlights:
Southampton vs Liverpool Match Stats:
|Shots (On Target)||3(0)||15(2)|
|Fouls conceded (Bookings)||8(1)||11(1)|
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