FIVE OF THE BEST: Memorable home games against Liverpool

By SFC Media time Fri 20 Feb Club

Ahead of Sunday’s game, saintsfc.co.uk takes a look back at five memorable post-war matches against the Merseysiders in Southampton.

There have been many entertaining clashes between the two teams over the years, with the most recent Southampton success against Liverpool on home soil seeing current Reds star Rickie Lambert netting for Saints, while Matt Le Tissier also notably netted a hat-trick in a 4-2 success played 21 years ago this week – and both of those classic games feature in our pick of five matches below: 

24th August 1960 – Division 2 – Southampton 4-1 Liverpool (Sydenham, O’Brien, Reeves, Paine)


Tommy Leishman slides in on Derek Reeves to concede a corner

Saints’ first home game after earning promotion to division two ended with an emphatic victory over the Merseysiders at The Dell. It was the first time that the two teams had met post-war, and the visitors took an eleventh minute lead through Tommy Leishman. John Sydenham levelled up eight minutes later when he prodded home a right footed finish, and Saints turned the game on its head when George O’Brien reacted quickest to Terry Paine’s pass. It was 3-1 before half-time as Derek Reeves headed home a rebound off the crossbar with Liverpool’s Leishman one of those on the end of Bill Shankly’s reading of the riot act at the break for letting Saints take control of the game. Paine added the hosts’ fourth goal after getting on the end of Reeves’s cross in the 52nd minute to seal a three goal margin victory.

Southampton team: Ron Reynolds, Ron Davies, Tommy Traynor, Brian Clifton, John Page, Cliff Huxford, Terry Paine, George O’Brien, Derek Reeves, Tommy Mulgrew, John Sydenham

21st October 1989 – Division 1 – Southampton 4-1 Liverpool (Rideout, R. Wallace 2, Le Tissier)


Rodney Wallace shirks the presence of Barry Venison to make it 2-0

Two goals in either half for the hosts sealed another 4-1 success stretched Saints’ unbeaten run to seven games, with the league leaders seen off comfortably at The Dell. The Merseysiders had been undefeated all season prior to their arrival on the south coast, but they fell behind on 24 minutes when Paul Rideout converted Jason Dodd’s cross with a near post header. Rod Wallace got the first of his two efforts in the game when he shook off the challenge of Barry Venison to slot the ball past Bruce Grobbelaar. Wallace grabbed Saints’ third on 56 minutes when he thumped home Matt Le Tissier’s cross with a low angled volley. Peter Beardsley pulled one back from the penalty spot three minutes later after Jimmy Case had fouled David Burrows inside the area, but Saints would go on to extend their lead. Rideout twice struck he woodwork before Le Tissier grabbed the last goal of the game by heading home Wallace’s cross with five minutes remaining.

Southampton team: Tim Flowers, Jason Dodd, Francis Benali, Jimmy Case, Neil Ruddock, Russell Osman, Matt Le Tissier, Glenn Cockerill, Alan Shearer (Graham Baker), Paul Rideout, Rod Wallace

14th February 1994 – Premier League – Southampton 4-2 Liverpool (Le Tissier 3, Maskell)


Craig Maskell's header loops in over Bruce Grobbelaar

It was a Valentine’s Day to remember for the hosts and one for future Saints goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar to forget, with Matt Le Tissier hitting a hat-trick past his soon-to-be teammate. Within a minute of the start, Le Tissier grabbed the first of his strikes with a 20 yard effort. The lead was doubled in the eighth minute when debutant Craig Maskell headed home the only goal of his second spell with the club. Maskell was involved in Saints’ third before half-time when he was fouled by Julian Dicks, and Le Tissier converted from the spot. Four minutes after the break, Le Tissier notched his hat-trick with a second goal from the spot as he made it 23 successes out of 24 from 12 yards, to put the hosts in full control. Dicks would go on to pull one back from the spot for Liverpool after Ken Monkou had made a lunging challenge on Ian Rush inside the area. Rush would go on to grab a goal for himself with four minutes remaining, but it was Saints who won the hearts of those watching on Sky Sports that Valentine’s evening.

Southampton team: Dave Beasant, Jeff Kenna, Simon Charlton, Francis Benali, Steve Wood, Ken Monkou, Neil Maddison, Craig Maskell, Matt Le Tissier, Jim Magilton, Iain Dowie

26th August 2000 – Premier League – Southampton 3-3 Liverpool (Pahars 2, El Khalej)


Marian Pahars wheels away after striking a stoppage-time equaliser

Glenn Hoddle’s men staged a dramatic three goal comeback in a spirited second half showing at The Dell to take a point in the second home game of the 2000/01 season. Michael Owen gave the visitors a 1-0 half-time lead, and added a second for himself after Sami Hyypia had made it 2-0 just past the hour. With 16 minutes remaining, Saints pulled one back when Marian Pahars headed home a corner from Jo Tessem at the far post. Substitute Tahar El Khalej notched an acrobatic header on 85 minutes, before Pahars grabbed a stoppage time equaliser by tapping home Matt Le Tissier’s pass for 3-3.

Southampton team: Neil Moss, Jason Dodd (Tahar El Khalej 61), Wayne Bridge, Jo Tessem, Claus Lundekvam, Dean Richards, Matt Oakley, Mark Draper, Marian Pahars, Uwe Rosler (James Beattie 82), Hassan Kachloul (Matt Le Tissier 61)

16th March 2013 – Premier League – Southampton 3-1 Liverpool (Schneiderlin, Lambert, Rodriguez) 


Morgan Schneiderlin celebrates opening the scoring in this game

Southampton picked up a fifth home win of their first season back in the Premier League with a fully deserved 3-1 success over Liverpool at St Mary’s. A second win in three home matches was earned thanks to a big performance from the hosts who struck twice in the opening 45 minutes to give themselves a foothold in the contest. Morgan Schneiderlin tidied up a wonderfully crafted move with five minutes on the watch to get the ball rolling for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, who lost Jos Hooiveld to a knock on the half hour to an injury. Less than three minutes after the enforced substitution that saw Jose Fonte enter the action, Saints were 2-0 up when Rickie Lambert’s deflected free-kick got the better of Brad Jones. The home side couldn’t hold their two goal lead at the interval though, as they were pegged back going into the break by Philippe Coutinho’s close range finish, to set up a fiercely competitive second 45. As time went on the next goal was pivotal, and there was relief all around St Mary’s on 79 minutes when Jay Rodriguez was the man to finish at the second attempt after his initial shot was blocked, to earn a 3-1 win for Saints, ending Liverpool’s run of three successive victories in the process.

Southampton team: Artur Boruc, Nathaniel Clyne, Maya Yoshida, Jos Hooiveld (Jose Fonte 30), Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana (Guly do Prado 84), Jack Cork, Morgan Schneiderlin, Gaston Ramirez (Steven Davis 54), Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert.

VIDEO: Ahead of Sunday's game, watch the goals from #SaintsFC's 3-1 win over @LFC at St Mary's in March 2013. https://t.co/fIcHeaKOGP

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