Spirited Saints beaten at Anfield

premier-league Anfield | Sat 12 Nov 3PM | Attendance: 53,331
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LIV vs SOU
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LIV vs SOU As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • All four goals come in the first half at Anfield
  • Roberto Firmino's early opener cancelled out soon after by Ché Adams
  • Darwin Núñez grabbed a brace before the break
  • Saints now head into the mid-season break
Photo by Matt Watson

FULL TIME: Liverpool 3-1 Saints

An encouraging performance away from home, but it's not enough for Nathan Jones to claim his first points as Southampton manager. Darwin Núñez's brace and Roberto Firmino's opener secure the three points for Liverpool, with Ché Adams's header a consolation. Saints will now head into the mid-season break before facing Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup in December. 

88’

Van Dijk close again

The Dutchman gets his head to a corner, but it curls just wide of the post.

86’

Liverpool substitution: Nathaniel Phillips replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold

86’

Liverpool substitution: Fábio Leandro Freitas Gouveia Carvalho replaces Darwin Núñez

85’

Liverpool substitution: Konstantinos Tsimikas replaces Andrew Robertson

A late triple change for the hosts.

80’

Southampton substitution: Joe Aribo replaces Roméo Lavia

A final sub, as Aribo replaces Lavia who hobbles off - let's hope it's nothing serious. 

77’

Unlucky, Sali

Ward-Prowse's wide free-kick is flicked on by Salisu, with a diving Lyanco unable to apply a finishing touch at the back post.

76’

Adams denied 😫

It's a stunning save from Alisson. Maitland-Niles's cross is headed down into the ground by Adams, but the Liverpool keeper somehow gets down low to his right to get a hand to the ball. 

75’

Liverpool substitution: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira

A second change for the hosts.

Photo by Matt Watson

Keep going, Saints 👊

It's been a good second half from Nathan Jones's side, who have pressed to reduce the deficit as the game ticks into the final 15 minutes.

72’

Southampton substitution: Lyanco replaces Armel Bella-Kotchap

A fourth change of the day.

71’

Van Dijk heads wide

Almost a goal against his former club, as Robertson's deep cross is met by the defender who stayed up following a corner, with his header drifting just wide.

67’

Liverpool substitution: James Milner replaces Harvey Elliott

Liverpool make their first substitution of the afternoon.

65’

Yellow Card for Mohammed Salisu (Southampton)

The defender goes into the book for a foul on Elliott.

Photo by Matt Watson

Keep it up, lads 👊

Saints have created some good openings in the last five minutes, hinting there could be another twist in this game.

64’

Alisson keeps out Edozie 😱

It's a good chance for the substitute, but Alisson is quick off of his line to keep out the teenager who was chasing a first senior goal.

63’

Penalty shout for Salah

Bella-Kotchap is caught in possession allowing Salah to race into the box, but the German gets back to do enough to force the Egyptian to surrender possession (fairly, according to the referee).

62’

BIG opening for Moi!

The Norwegian is slid in down the left-hand side of the box, but his dinked finish is met by the hand of Alisson, who parries the effort away.

58’

Southampton substitution: Ainsley Maitland-Niles replaces Duje Ćaleta-Car

A third change, as Saints switch to four at the back.

58’

Southampton substitution: Samuel Edozie replaces Adam Armstrong

Let's go, Sam!

58’

Southampton substitution: Theo Walcott replaces Stuart Armstrong

A first switch.

57’

Subs inbound...

Sam Edozie, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Theo Walcott are all preparing to come on for Saints.

55’

Salah heads over

Alexander-Arnold's deep cross picks out Salah in the six-yard box, but he gets too much on the header and it sails over the bar.

54’

Opening for Arma

Some patient play leads to Perraud having the chance to cross from the left. The Frenchman's ball finds Adam Armstrong in a bit of space with Joe Gomez slipping, but the striker's shot is rash and is cleared.

49’

Firmino goes close

Robertson's corner from the left finds the head of Firmino on the edge of the six-yard box, but his looping header lands on the roof of the net.

47’

Arma tests Alisson

It's a snapshot from the striker who's under pressure from Van Dijk, but it's straight into the midriff of the Brazilian keeper.

46’

Play resumes ▶️

The second half begins at Anfield.

Photo by Matt Watson

HALF TIME: Liverpool 3-1 Saints

A clinical half from the hosts, who were initially pegged back by Saints when Ché Adams cancelled out Roberto Firmino's early opener. Darwin Núñez the main menace for the hosts, with the Uruguayan grabbing a brace to give Jürgen Klopp's side some breathing room at the break.

Núñez makes it a brace

Firmino's pass puts Robertson into space down the left, with the Scotsman's first-time low delivery turned home by a sliding Núñez from six yards.

41’

GOAL

Darwin Núñez (41’) | 3 1

40’

Arma with a chance

It's a repeat of Adams's chance in the opening exchanges. Elyounoussi's cross from the right is perfect for Adam Armstrong at the near post, but the striker doesn't make a good enough connection and it bounces wide.

Photo by Matt Watson

Welcome back, Roméo 👋

The midfielder is making his first start since August.

36’

Elliott almost gets lucky

The midfielder tries to deliver the ball to the back post, but his miss-hit strike lands on the roof of the net, with Bazunu back peddling. 

34’

Liverpool in control

Having retaken the lead, Jürgen Klopp's side are enjoying a good spell of possession, with Saints having to defend resolutely. 

31’

Salah tests Bazunu

The Reds are finding too much space in the box, with Salah allowed to turn and shoot in the box, but Perraud's block diverts the ball kindly into the grasp of Bazunu.

29’

Huge stop again ⛔️

Liverpool break on Southampton, resulting in Núñez's clever backheel finding Firmino six yards out, but Bazunu is quick off of his line once again to block the striker's attempt and pounce on the rebound.

A frantic start on Merseyside

Three goals in an entertaining first half at Anfield.

Núñez pounces

It's a high-quality goal from the hosts. Elliott's lofted ball from the edge of the box is over the head of Bella-Kotchap and perfect for Núñez, who pokes a low strike beyond Bazunu.

21’

GOAL

Darwin Núñez (21’) | 2 1

18’

Núñez a threat

The Uruguayan is working off the shoulder of Bella-Kotchap, but the German does well to get a toe to the ball as Núñez looks to race into the box.

16’

That's phenomenal, Bazunu! 👏

A huge stop from the Irishman. Núñez beats the offside trap down the left and sends a low ball in towards Salah, but Bazunu is off his line to block the Egyptian's shot from close range.

Photo by Matt Watson

Chéle 🔥

A fourth Premier League goal of the season for Southampton's number 10.

13’

A confident start

After the early setback, Jones's side have responded brilliantly. Having equalised through Adams, it's the visitors who remain on the front foot.

GOALSCORER 10 Ché Adams

INSTANT REPLY 💥

What a response from Saints!  Ward-Prowse's deep free-kick is swung into the box which lures Alisson off his line, but Adams meets the ball first to glance a header into the unguarded net. 

8’

GOOOAL!!!

Ché Adams (8’) | 1 1

Firmino strikes early

Roberton's wide free-kick from midway inside the Saints half is whipped in, with Firmino's header from just inside the box wrong-footing Bazunu, who can't recover to claw the ball out of the bottom corner.

5’

GOAL

Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira (5’) | 1 0

5’

Yellow Card for Duje Ćaleta-Car (Southampton)

An early booking for Ćaleta-Car, who takes out Salah as Liverpool looked to hit Saints on the break.

3’

Calm from Salisu 👏

Núñez's cross from the left is coolly chested into the arms of Bazunu by Mohammed Salisu.

2’

Chance for Ché 

An early signal of intent from Saints. Elyounoussi, operating at right wing-back, sends in a dangerous cross, but Adams can't get above the ball and his header drifts wide of the target.

We will remember them ❤️

An immaculately held minute's silence ahead of Remembrance Sunday tomorrow.

1’

Up and running! 👊

We're under way at Anfield. Let's finish for the mid-season break on a high! 

The teams are out!

We're moments away from kick off in Liverpool! 

14.55
Photo by Matt Watson

The boss 😇

Ready for his first game in charge.

14.47

Progress in the Carabao Cup 🏆

Check out the highlights of Saints' midweek win over Sheffield Wednesday, as a penalty shoot-out victory set up another home tie with Lincoln City of League One in the last 16.

14.21

Behind the scenes 🧐

Check out Nathan Jones's first day in the job, as he posed for photos and gave his first interview as he visited St Mary's for the first time, before taking his first training session at Staplewood.

14.14

Jones's first press conference 🎥

Watch the manager's first press conference, which took place at Staplewood yesterday morning before the team travelled to Liverpool.

14.12

BACK in the XI 🌟

It's a first start since August for Roméo Lavia, who has recovered from injury to retake his place in the line-up. He partners James Ward-Prowse in midfield.

14.10

Three changes from Saints' last league line-up

Nathan Jones's first teamsheet is in, and it shows three alterations from the home defeat to Newcastle last weekend. Duje Ćaleta-Car, Roméo Lavia and Adam Armstrong come in for Juan Larios, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Theo Walcott.

14.09

Liverpool team confirmed 🔴

Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Thiago, Fabinho, Elliott, Salah, Firmino, Núñez.

Subs: Adrián, Kelleher, Phillips, Tsimikas, Bajcetic, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Doak, Carvalho.

14.01

Southampton team confirmed 😇

Starting XI: Bazunu, Ćaleta-Car, Bella-Kotchap, Salisu, Perraud, Ward-Prowse, Lavia, S. Armstrong, Elyounoussi, Adams, A. Armstrong.

Subs: McCarthy, Lyanco, Diallo, Maitland-Niles, Aribo, Djenepo, Edozie, Walcott, Mara.

14.01

Look who's arrived! 👋

The players are here, as our club photographer captured their arrival at Anfield. We're now just 10 minutes away from the all-important team news...

13.50

Anfield adventures 🎞

One of the all-time great Saints moments? Who could forget Shane Long's winner in the 2017 EFL Cup semi-final...

13.16
VOTE NOW
Who would you like to see in Nathan Jones's first Saints starting line-up?

Who would you like to see in Nathan Jones's first Saints starting line-up?

The results so far:

  • Roméo Lavia
    27%
  • Ainsley Maitland-Niles
    0%
  • Stuart Armstrong
    27%
  • Joe Aribo
    5%
  • Samuel Edozie
    41%
  • Sékou Mara
    0%

Anfield adventures 🎞

Michael Svensson was Southampton's Merseyside match-winner back in 2003 in a famous victory for Gordon Strachan's Saints...

12.44

Get game-ready 📋

Check out our Match Preview for all the pre-game information to get yourself clued up ahead of kick-off!

12.26
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How are you feeling today, Saints fans?

How are you feeling today, Saints fans?

The results so far:

  • Optimistic! Excited for new beginnings
    49%
  • It's a tough start... not expecting much
    51%

i work tirelessly to create environments and cultures that are aggressive, that are front-footed, that want to win football games.

nathan jones
southampton manager
11.38

How does the new boss want Saints to play?

Check out our feature article with Nathan Jones, as the manager speaks of how he's successfully built a winning culture in the past, and how he plans to do so again at St Mary's.

11.36

Nathan Jones: The first interview

Check out the new manager's first words in the Saints hot seat, as he outlined his vision for the club in his very first interview at St Mary's.

11.32

It's matchday! For the last time for a while...

With the World Cup getting under way next weekend, we've reached the last round of fixtures before the Premier League takes a six-week break. It's a big one for Saints, as Nathan Jones takes charge for the first time for today's trip to Anfield, where Liverpool have been strangely inconsistent this season. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, match updates and live commentary...

11.30

LIV vs SOU Line Ups

Liverpool

1
Alisson (GK)
4
Virgil van Dijk (C)
26
Andrew Robertson
replace Konstantinos Tsimikas (86′)
66
Trent Alexander-Arnold
replace Nathaniel Phillips (87′)
2
Joe Gomez
19
Harvey Elliott
replace James Milner (68′)
6
Thiago
3
Fabinho
27
Darwin Núñez goal goal
replace Fábio Carvalho (87′)
9
Roberto Firmino goal
replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (75′)
11
Mohamed Salah
7
James Milner
13
Adrián
50
Ben Doak
15
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
43
Stefan Bajcetic
47
Nathaniel Phillips
62
Caoimhín Kelleher
21
Konstantinos Tsimikas
28
Fábio Carvalho

Southampton

31
Gavin Bazunu (GK)
15
Romain Perraud
22
Mohammed Salisu yellow card
37
Armel Bella-Kotchap
replace Lyanco (72′)
24
Mohamed Elyounoussi
6
Duje Caleta-Car yellow card
replace Ainsley Maitland-Niles (59′)
17
Stuart Armstrong
replace Theo Walcott (58′)
45
Roméo Lavia
replace Joe Aribo (82′)
8
James Ward-Prowse (C)
9
Adam Armstrong
replace Samuel Edozie (59′)
10
Che Adams goal
27
Ibrahima Diallo
19
Moussa Djenepo
32
Theo Walcott
18
Sékou Mara
1
Alex McCarthy
23
Samuel Edozie
3
Ainsley Maitland-Niles
7
Joe Aribo
4
Lyanco

LIV vs SOU Match Stats

Liverpool

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    60
    comparison angle
    40
  • Shots
    15
    comparison angle
    9
  • Shots on target
    7
    comparison angle
    5
  • Corners
    6
    comparison angle
    0
  • Passes Complete
    578
    comparison angle
    356

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Goals
1
Ché Adams
Ché Adams
shots on target
Shots On Target
2
Ché Adams
Ché Adams
chances created
Chances Created
3
Mohamed Elyounoussi
Mohamed Elyounoussi
passes completed
Passes Completed
45
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
tackles
Tackles
4
Armel Bella-Kotchap
Armel Bella-Kotchap
clearances
Clearances
6
Armel Bella-Kotchap
Armel Bella-Kotchap
saves
Saves
4
Gavin Bazunu
Gavin Bazunu