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Saints well beaten at Anfield

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LIV vs SOU
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LIV vs SOU As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Southampton beaten 4-0 at Anfield
  • Jota scores twice; Thiago adds heavily-deflected third before half time
  • van Dijk adds Liverpool's fourth from Alexander-Arnold's corner
  • Adam Armstrong twice goes close for Saints; Broja also denied by Alisson in first half

FULL TIME: Liverpool 4-0 Southampton

Saints can have no complaints about this outcome. Liverpool were ruthless, particularly in the first half, when Diogo Jota scored twice before Thiago made it 3-0 with a slice of luck. Former Saint Virgil van Dijk added a fourth early in the second half, but the latter stages were played out without incident. Saints had chances, but on another day the hosts may have scored more themselves. 

87’

Southampton substitution: Kyle Walker-Peters replaces Romain Perraud

Saints' final change is a straight swap at left-back.

86’

Liverpool caught out

Ward-Prowse's quick thinking catches Liverpool off guard. He releases Tella down the left, whose low cross is put behind by van Dijk.

81’

Milner shoots wide

The substitute just dragged it slightly from the edge of the box.

80’

Liverpool substitution: Takumi Minamino replaces Diogo José Teixeira da Silva

No hat-trick for Jota, who was electric in the first half.

78’

Oxlade-Chamberlain tests McCarthy

Jota races down the left and squares the ball for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who shoots first time from 20 yards, but it's straight at McCarthy, who parries the ball clear.

77’

Salisu blocks Salah's shot

That was curling in from the Egyptian, but Salisu stoops to head the ball behind. 

73’

Jota spurns hat-trick chance

Robertson fires in another brilliant cross and Jota looks set to complete his hat-trick, but cannot control his shot on the stretch and it flies off target from close range.

2️⃣0️⃣ minutes to go...

Saints have not stopped pushing for a goal back, but the game is beginning to drift now.

67’

Liverpool substitution: James Milner replaces Jordan Henderson

It's a straight swap in midfield for the hosts.

61’

Saints continue to attack

Armstrong sees a shot blocked, the ball breaks for Perraud, but Liverpool smuggle the ball behind for a corner.

58’

Liverpool substitution: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Thiago Alcántara do Nascimento

Liverpool's first change is to introduce another ex-Saint from the bench.

54’

Armstrong denied by Alisson

Tella crosses low for the striker, whose first shot is blocked by Konaté and his second saved by Alisson. Broja wanted a cutback from the second one, but Armstrong went for goal.

van Dijk adds Liverpool's fourth

After McCarthy's spectacular save denies Mané, Alexander-Arnold's resulting corner is volleyed home by van Dijk. The big defender had far too much space in the box.

52’

GOAL

Virgil van Dijk (52’) | 4 0

47’

We're back into the action

The second half is up and running. Saints know they need a big improvement from here.

46’

Southampton substitution: Nathan Tella replaces Ché Adams

Saints have reverted to their usual 4-2-2-2 formation in the second half.

46’

Southampton substitution: Nathan Redmond replaces Jan Bednarek

It's a double change for Saints at the break.

HALF TIME: Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

A first half to forget for Saints, who have been overwhelmed by a top team at the top of their game. Diogo Jota got the ball rolling inside two minutes, doubling his tally half an hour later. Thiago's deflected shot made it three, and Liverpool could have had more. Saints have had chances, namely through Armando Broja and Adam Armstrong, but the hosts' attacking play has been too good so far.

+2’

Jota off target

He's been a constant menace so far. Jota this time stretches for the ball and his shot flies wide.

+1’

Salah wastes a slick counter

Liverpool were charging forward again, but Salah's pass towards Jota is well overhit, and Saints survive the 2v1 situation.

45’

Alisson keeps Saints at bay

A lovely pass from Adams releases Livramento down the right, whose cross picks out Adam Armstrong. The striker has time to pick his spot, but doesn't quite get hold of the shot, and Alisson is able to push it behind for a corner.

41’

Jota fires wide

Again he links up with Robertson, jinks inside, but is just put off enough to send his shot well wide of the target.

Thiago makes it three

Thiago drills a left-footed shot from the edge of the box that takes an almighty deflection off Lyanco. Absolutely nothing McCarthy can do about that.

37’

GOAL

Thiago Alcántara do Nascimento (37’) | 3 0

37’

Jota threatening again

The Portuguese is hat-trick hunting, but Lyanco makes an important block to deny him.

Jota scores his second

It's rather too easy from a Saints perspective. Salah plays a one-two, gets to the byeline and rolls the ball across goal for Jota to score again. Painfully similar to the opener.

31’

GOAL

Diogo José Teixeira da Silva (31’) | 2 0

29’

Henderson shoots over

Salah gets away down the right, cuts back and tees up Henderson, but his first-time shot is high over the crossbar. A half-chance for the captain.

28’

Broja gets in behind again

Adams pokes the ball through for Broja, who looks to be clearly offside. Maybe deep down the striker knew it, as he steers the ball wide before the flag eventually goes up, much to the frustration of the home crowd.

24’

Broja denied by Alisson

That was Saints' best moment of the game so far. Broja shows great pace to run beyond the Liverpool backline, but Alisson advances and cuts down the angles with a smart save. Encouragement for the visitors.

20’

Wasteful from Mané

The winger just had to slide the ball to his left for the galloping Robertson, but he overcooks the pass and Saints survive another fast break.

18’

Salah goes close

The Egyptian already has a whopping 17 goals to his name this season, and he was close to number 18 with a curling shot that just flashes past McCarthy's far post.

17’

Liverpool attacking with purpose

The trouble for Saints is that every time Liverpool win the ball back they look dangerous. The front three are surging forward, and it's proving very difficult to deal with...

16’

Saints settling into the game

Having been rocked by the early opener, Saints are enjoying some more possession higher up the pitch. Twice Perraud has found decent opportunities to cross, but has not found a good enough final ball. 

12’

Mané denied by the flag

The former Saint heads in another superb Robertson delivery, but Liverpool's celebrations are cut short by the offside flag.

11’

Yellow Card for Lyanco Vojnovic (Southampton)

Lyanco catches Mané and it's an early booking for the Brazilian on his first Premier League start.

5’

Mané heads wide

Liverpool are in the mood here. Robertson gets to the byeline again, crossing for Mané to head just wide of the far post. Saints need a foothold in the game.

Jota fires Liverpool into an early lead

Saints had started brightly, winning a corner in the opening minute, but Liverpool respond emphatically. Robertson trades passes with Mané and cuts the ball back for Jota to score from six yards.

1’

GOAL

Diogo José Teixeira da Silva (1’) | 1 0

0’

Saints get us under way!

Adam Armstrong takes the kick-off and we're into the action at Anfield...

🔟 minutes to go...

We're counting down to kick-off at Anfield! Stay with us for live commentary and regular match updates...

14.51

Anfield Classics: 2017 🎞

What. A. Night! Anfield was the scene of one of Saints' greatest victories back in January 2017, as Shane Long's dramatic late winner clinched the club's place in the League Cup final.

14.49

Standing up to the test 😤

How do you stop Liverpool's right side? Sam Tighe analyses how Saints can tame Liverpool's greatest weapon in this week's Tactical Watch.

14.29

Milestone man!

It's a 200th Premier League start for the skipper today, as James Ward-Prowse continues to set new landmarks in his Saints career. Well in, Prowsey!

14.16

Three changes for Saints 

It's five at the back for Southampton, including a first Premier League start for Lyanco. Romain Perraud and Armando Broja also come into the side, while Kyle Walker-Peters, Ibrahima Diallo and Mohamed Elyounoussi drop out.

14.10

Liverpool team confirmed 🔴⚪️

Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Jota, Mané.

Subs: Kelleher, Matip, Williams, Tsimikas, Milner, Morton, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Origi.

14.00

SAINTS TEAM CONFIRMED 🟡🔵

Starting XI: McCarthy, Livramento, Bednarek, Lyanco, Salisu, Perraud, Ward-Prowse (c), Romeu, Broja, Adams, A.Armstrong.

Subs: Forster, Valery, Walker-Peters, Diallo, Smallbone, Walcott, Redmond, Tella, Long.

14.00

Part two of the manager's press conference 🎙

Check out the second section of Ralph Hasenhüttl's media briefing, including his thoughts on Kyle Walker-Peters's transition to left-back.

13.44

Anfield Classics: 2003 🎞

It's the second instalment of our classic Saints away wins over Liverpool. Michael Svensson was the hero back in 2003 in another sweet victory on Merseyside...

13.25
VOTE NOW
We'll have team news at 2pm GMT! Who would you like to see come into the starting line-up?

We'll have team news at 2pm GMT! Who would you like to see come into the starting line-up?

The results so far:

  • Lyanco
    23%
  • Jack Stephens
    0%
  • Moussa Djenepo
    0%
  • Nathan Redmond
    31%
  • Nathan Tella
    27%
  • Armando Broja
    19%

Mixed predictions 🔮

Thanks to everybody who voted on our first pre-match poll. It was a close run thing! 30% of you are confident, 30% fear the worst and 40% are sitting on the fence and going for a draw...

13.18

Looking to bounce back 👊

Saints were unable to cash in on a dominant first-half performance at Carrow Road last weekend, with two avoidable goals leading to a surprise defeat.

12.53

Anfield Classics: 1998 🎞

Did you know Southampton once waited 17 years for an away win against Liverpool? It proved to be a day to remember for the travelling Saints, who notched up their first victory at Anfield in the Premier League era back in 1998...

12.16
VOTE NOW
How are you feeling about today's game, Saints fans?

How are you feeling about today's game, Saints fans?

The results so far:

  • We can do it! Big three points incoming
    30%
  • We will do enough to take home a draw
    40%
  • This game is TOUGH... maybe too tough
    30%

Get game-ready! 🤓

Look no further than our Match Preview for all the necessary facts, stats and pre-match news to give you all the information you need ahead of kick-off.

11.54

the stats at anfield are not the best for us. when you see liverpool at the moment, they are coming back to their best shape. it seems to me they are playing as quick as the season they became champions. it makes it very difficult to take something against them, but it is not impossible."

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
11.52

The boss previews Liverpool test 🎤

Catch up on Ralph Hasenhüttl's virtual press conference, which was held on Thursday, as the boss discussed the size of the task facing his Saints side at Anfield.

11.46

Back on the road! 🛣

For the second successive weekend, Southampton are faced with a Premier League away game ahead of next week's home double-header. After heading to Norwich last time out, this time it's a similarly long trip to Liverpool for one of the toughest challenges in European football. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, match updates and live commentary. Kick-off at Anfield is 3pm GMT!

11.40

LIV vs SOU Line Ups

Liverpool

1
Alisson (GK)
4
Virgil van Dijk goal
26
Andrew Robertson
5
Ibrahima Konaté
66
Trent Alexander-Arnold
3
Fabinho
6
Thiago goal
replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (59′)
14
Jordan Henderson (C)
replace James Milner (67′)
11
Mohamed Salah
10
Sadio Mané
20
Diogo Jota goal goal
replace Takumi Minamino (81′)
15
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
32
Joel Matip
62
Caoimhin Kelleher
27
Divock Origi
7
James Milner
21
Konstantinos Tsimikas
76
Neco Williams
18
Takumi Minamino
80
Tyler Morton

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
4
Lyanco
22
Mohammed Salisu
35
Jan Bednarek yellow card
replace Nathan Redmond (45′)
8
James Ward-Prowse (C)
15
Romain Perraud
replace Kyle Walker-Peters (88′)
6
Oriol Romeu
21
Valentino Livramento
10
Che Adams
replace Nathan Tella (45′)
18
Armando Broja
9
Adam Armstrong
11
Nathan Redmond
27
Ibrahima Diallo
7
Shane Long
2
Kyle Walker-Peters
20
William Smallbone
44
Fraser Forster
43
Yan Valery
32
Theo Walcott
23
Nathan Tella

LIV vs SOU Match Stats

Liverpool

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    64
    comparison angle
    36
  • Shots
    20
    comparison angle
    7
  • Shots on target
    6
    comparison angle
    3
  • Corners
    5
    comparison angle
    7
  • Passes Complete
    492
    comparison angle
    231

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Shots On Target
2
Adam Armstrong
Adam Armstrong
chances created
Chances Created
2
Nathan Tella
Nathan Tella
passes completed
Passes Completed
37
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
tackles
Tackles
4
clearances
Clearances
6
saves
Saves
2
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy