Saints edged out by Liverpool

St Mary's Stadium | Sat 17 Aug 3PM | Attendance: 31,712
Match Report Highlights

Saints vs LIV
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Saints vs LIV As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Danny Ings pulls a goal back for Saints, having closed down Adrian and rebounding the ball in
  • Firmino doubled Liverpool's lead midway through the second half
  • Sadio Mané opened the scoring with a superb strike from the edge of the area
  • The club payed tribute to PA announcer Justin Gladdis, who sadly passed away on the eve of the new season. RIP

Report: Saints edged out by Liverpool

Our report from St Mary's, where Saints were unlucky to be on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline. 

17.16

FULL-TIME: Saints 1-2 Liverpool

The visitors take all three points, really tough on Saints. There were chances in both halves to get back into the game, but Jürgen Klopp's side were that bit more clinical on the day. 

+1’

Djenepo wins a free-kick

The second time he's been upended by Mané. Prowsey over the delivery. He swings it into the danger area, into a crowd of bodies but no one in red and white can connect. Hard to see how Saints are still behind!

88’

Liverpool substitution: Jordan Henderson replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

All subs made.

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87’

😩

Ings latches onto a fantastic cross from the right from Yan Valery, who fizzed the ball low and hard. Ings connects, but not with enough power, and it flies wide. Golden chance for the hosts.

GOALSCORER 9 Danny Ings

A lifeline!

Adrian plays the ball carelessly against the striker, and it rebounds in to an empty net. Very casual of the Liverpool goalkeeper, but Ings benefits. Game on!

82’

GOOOAL!!!

Danny Ings (82’) | 1 2

78’

Liverpool substitution: Divock Origi replaces Sadio Mané

Second change.

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78’

Yellow Card for Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

For a pull back on Djenepo.

77’

Southampton substitution: Moussa Djenepo replaces Ryan Bertrand

Final change.

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77’

Lovely move

Liverpool finding some rhythm now. TAA sweeps the ball out to Robertson on the opposite flank, who finds Mané, before getting the ball back. He hits it on the volley, Gunn saves. Resulting corner is cleared.

73’

Liverpool substitution: Fabio Henrique Tavares replaces James Milner

First change for Liverpool

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Liverpool's lead doubled

Against the run of play once more, the visitors find the net. Firmino picks the ball up, floats inside and drives his shot low and hard at goal. The pace beats Angus Gunn. 

70’

GOAL

Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira (70’) | 0 2

68’

Southampton substitution: Stuart Armstrong replaces Ché Adams

Second change for Saints.

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68’

First sight for Ings

Well crafted by the substitute, as he cuts inside, giving Milner the slip, and then wraps his boot around the shot. Just over the bar. Him and Redders and working in tandem up top now.

66’

Let off

The hosts caught at the back. Firmino's first-time effort is inches off target, as the game starts to become a little stretched. Saints committing more in forward areas in search of an equaliser. 

64’

Southampton substitution: Danny Ings replaces Oriol Romeu

First change of the afternoon for Ralph Hasenhüttl, as we revert to a front three. Danny Ings joins Redders and Adams in attack.

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63’

Pressure

Period of pressure for the visitors ends in a wild effort from James Milner, in a head bandage after his earlier incident with Prowsey. Saints defending well.

Could this man be the difference? 👀

Former Liverpool striker Danny Ings is out to warm up on the touchline beneath us. He's joined by Stu Armstrong and Michael Obafemi.

55’

Milner's shot flies wide

Joel Matip flicks at the midfielder's effort, as it fizzes past him, nearly diverting it goalward. But it flies just wide of Angus Gunn's post. Mo Salah then finds some space, but Gunn is equal to his low shot, saving with his legs.

Appreciation post 👏

This man is having a good game.

52’

Superb tackle from Bednarek

The defender covers the ground fantastically, as Salah slips in Firmino and he slides across to intercept before the forward could get his shot away. Great bit of defending from the Pole.

50’

Salah free-kick

Foul given away by Romeu, 20-yards from goal. Both TAA and Salah were over it, but the Egyptian could only find the wall. Saints stand tall.

HT

We're ready for the second 45

Prowsey gets us back under way at St Mary's. Saints trail, but only narrowly, and there's plenty of encouraging signs to take into this half! No changes to either side at the break.

HALF-TIME: Saints 0-1 Liverpool

Well, Saints have dominated large portions of that first 45 minutes but find themselves a goal down to a special strike from former player Sadio Mané. 

Mané opens the scoring

He was on the scoresheet for Liverpool midweek against Chelsea and he's found the net again. The ball is rolled to him by Milner on the edge of the area, and he bends a shot around Angus Gunn with plenty of pace and precision. The visitors lead.

45’

GOAL

Sadio Mané (45’) | 0 1

45’

Vestergaard intercepts

Ox whips a cross in from the right, which is well met by the Saints defender. It goes for a throw on the other side, taken quickly by Robertson, who finds the feet of Mané via James Milner...

43’

Another Adams chance

The striker gets in behind again, found well by Prowsey. He goes to square the ball to Redders, who was better placed for the shot, but Matip steps in. Saints are doing a good job of unsettling Liverpool, and creating when they have the ball.

Adams looking most likely...

The No.10 is causing problems for Matip and and van Dijk at the back. His latest effort flies marginally over the bar as he connects with a Romeu cross. Keep pushing, lads! 👊

35’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

The midfielder wins the ball in a challenge with Andy Robertson, but the follow through catches him.

📸

Redderz in the first half at St Mary's. Saints have enjoyed plenty of possession, and chances, but we're still goalless 10 minutes before the interval.

31’

Wild from Salah

The forward nips in behind Maya Yoshida, but takes the shot on early, off balance, and rather lashes at it. It's skewed into the stands and Saints can breathe again.

30’

van Dijk challenges Gunn

Cross gets delivered into the Saints area and is well fielded by Angus Gunn, who has had very little to do thus far, and was under a lot of pressure from van Dijk. 

28’

Huge chance!

Bertrand releases Nathan Redmond down the left, who returns the favour. The full-back pulls the ball back centrally, where Yan Valery has made a run. James Milner sticks a leg out clumsily, which Valery stumbled over, before releasing a tame shot.

27’

TAA

Alexander-Arnold flashes a ball across the face of goal, with Firmino lurking. The whip had Jan Bednarek beaten, but there's too much pace for the Liverpool striker to connect. 

22’

CLOSEEEE

Prowsey's corner meets Maya Yoshida's head, on the 6-yard line. The defender rises superbly, and connects well, but Adrian pulls of an instinctive save. Saints are pressurising here! 

19’

👏

There's a huge round of applause in the stadium for Justin Gladdis, the club's former PA announcer, who passed away suddenly last week. RIP Justin! 😔

18’

Redders forces a corner

He's released by Oriol Romeu, and gathers the ball well in his stride. Sprinting down the left, he's chased by Oxlade-Chamberlain and wins a corner. Whipped in by Prowsey, met by Adams, and diverted wide by Yoshida. Good chance for Saints.

16’

Prowsey clashes with Milner

The Liverpool players comes off worse, heading the back of Ward-Prowse's head in an aerial duel. There's a cut above Milner's eye which will need attending to. He leaves the pitch.

13’

Ox shoots

Mo Salah links with Oxlade-Chamberlain down the right. A neat back flick from the Egyptian finds the midfielder on the edge of the area, but he drags his shot. No danger there.

9’

Adams goes close

The striker gets his first glimpse of goal. Adrian is off his line quickly to close, but the Saints No.10 will be keen to get off the mark in front of the St Mary's faithful here today. One to watch!

8’

High press

Yan Valery plays the ball down the right wing, in search of Prowsey, who is beaten to it by van Dijk. The ball is played back to Adrian, and he's closed by the midfielder, who gets to his man. But the rebound flies wide. Great work rate!

6’

Well tracked, Prowsey

A mistake by Maya Yoshida allows Oxlade-Chamberlain to nick the ball high up the pitch, it's driven to the byline and crossed. But meets the head of James Ward-Prowse, who heads out for a corner. Saints clear.

Our HOME campaign begins here!

We're off here at St Mary's. James Milner takes kick-off, Liverpool have the ball in their own half and we're away!

14.59

We're ready to go! 🤝

The teams are out and exchanging the usual pre-match pleasantries. Ralph Hasenhüttl's men are in their usual red and white strip and the fans are in full voice. Let's go, Saints!

14.57

1️⃣0️⃣ minutes until kick-off...

Pre-match warm-ups are complete and the players and readying themselves for kick-off! St Mary's is a sell-out today, let's hear you, Saints fans! 🙌👏

14.51

Your wish is our command! 😇

Thanks for getting involved in our poll, Saints fans! You voted, and we listened... Ché Adams leads the line for Ralph Hasenhüttl today. Can he get his first Premier League goal in red and white? 🙏

14.08

Game faces 🔛😤

Full focus ahead of this one... Our photographer was on hand to capture Saints entering St Mary's earlier today!

14.05

👍

Two changes for Saints from last weekend's trip to Turf Moor! Pierre-Emile Højbjerg returns after a short illness, replacing Danny Ings, while Maya Yoshida comes in for Jack Stephens at the back. New signing Kevin Danso is named on the bench.

14.01

Liverpool team news

Starting XI: Adrián, van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Milner (c), Firmino, Mané, Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold.

Subs: Lonergan, Fabinho, Gomez, Henderson, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi.

13.59

Saints line-up confirmed 😇

Starting XI: Gunn, Valery, Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg (c) Redmond, Adams.

Subs: Forster, Danso, Cédric, Armstrong, Djenepo, Obafemi, Ings.

13.59

👀📸

We snuck inside the new-look Southampton dressing room here at St Mary's earlier! Stay tuned for team news in less than 1️⃣0️⃣ minutes! 😇

13.48
VOTE NOW
Who do you want to see lead the line for Saints today?

Who do you want to see lead the line for Saints today?

The results so far:

  • Danny Ings
    20%
  • Ché Adams
    71%
  • Nathan Redmond
    6%
  • Michael Obafemi
    0%
  • Shane Long
    3%

🔜 TEAM NEWS ON IT'S WAY...

20 minutes until team news! Who makes your starting XI for today's Liverpool clash? 

13.43

Get clued up on all things Saints vs Liverpool 🤓

Our Match Pack is back! Full of all the information you need to give you the full story going into today's game...

13.41

GRAFTING! 👊

Check out what Southampton's players have been up to at Staplewood this week, in the run up to today's Premier League clash with Liverpool. 📸

12.27

Southampton FC Women kick-start season

The 2019/20 season kicks off for Southampton FC Women tomorrow afternoon, as they embark on their FA National League (south west) opener against Chesham! We spoke with Head Coach Marieanne Spacey-Cale in the run up to the game... 👆

12.25

New for 2019! 🙌

Over the summer months, we've been making improvements to enhance the matchday experience for Saints fans. Today’s Liverpool match will see the debut of our brand new Fanzone - if you’re visiting St Mary’s, go and try it out! 😁

12.15

Hear from the boss! 🗣

We caught up with Ralph Hasenhüttl at Staplewood ahead of Southampton's meeting with Liverpool today. Find out what he had to say! ☝️

12.11

WE'RE BACK AT ST MARY'S! 😇

After what feels like a lifetime away, the Premier League returns to St Mary's today as Saints host Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp's side entertained league newcomers Norwich City last week, registering a 4-1 win, while Saints faced a difficult away day at Turf Moor against Burnley. Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has said this week that he’s expecting to see a reaction from his team’s opening-day defeat, following an intense week at Staplewood. We're counting down to kick-off with all the build-up and team news!

12.07

Saints vs LIV Line Ups

Southampton

28
Angus Gunn (GK)
3
Maya Yoshida
4
Jannik Vestergaard
35
Jan Bednarek
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
43
Yan Valery
16
James Ward-Prowse
21
Ryan Bertrand
Moussa Djenepo (77′)
14
Oriol Romeu
Danny Ings (64′)
22
Nathan Redmond
10
Che Adams
Stuart Armstrong (68′)
38
Kevin Danso
17
Stuart Armstrong
9
Danny Ings
2
Cédric Soares
12
Moussa Djenepo
20
Michael Obafemi
44
Fraser Forster

Liverpool

13
Adrián (GK)
4
Virgil van Dijk
26
Andrew Robertson
32
Joel Matip
66
Trent Alexander-Arnold
5
Georginio Wijnaldum
7
James Milner (C)
Fabinho (74′)
15
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Jordan Henderson (89′)
11
Mohamed Salah
Divock Origi (79′)
9
Roberto Firmino
10
Sadio Mané
27
Divock Origi
3
Fabinho
12
Joseph Gomez
23
Xherdan Shaqiri
14
Jordan Henderson
22
Andy Lonergan
20
Adam Lallana

Saints vs LIV Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Liverpool
  • Possession (%)
    36
    64
  • Shots
    14
    15
  • Shots on target
    3
    6
  • Corners
    5
    9
  • Passes Complete
    192
    414

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Danny Ings
Danny Ings
Shots On Target
1
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Chances Created
2
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Passes Completed
29
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
5
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Clearances
7
Jannik Vestergaard
Jannik Vestergaard
Saves
4
Angus Gunn
Angus Gunn