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Liverpool v Southampton


21 Sep 2013, KO: 15:00

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Post And we’ll be there, as usual, to bring you every kick. Thanks for following our coverage today. YNWA.
Post The Reds have to wait just four days for a return to action – they travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening to take on Manchester United in the Capital One Cup.
Post Check the homepage now, meanwhile, for quotes from Brendan Rodgers' post-match press conference.
Post We heard the verdicts of Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure post-match; keep an eye on Liverpoolfc.com in the coming days for our exclusive interviews with the summer signings.
Post @NeilMellor33: Frustrating result today at Anfield. Lacked cutting edge in attacking areas.
Post However, Southampton registered more shots, shots on target, clearances and tackles. And, of course, crucially they were on target with the only goal of the encounter.
Post General statistics show that the Reds bettered their opponents in possession, duels, interceptions and passing accuracy during the 90 minutes today.
Post Rodgers explained why Jose Enrique began on the bench, revealing: "Jose Enrique is one we've got to keep an eye on his knee. He's got an issue with his knee and if there is an overload on that, it could maybe put him out longer term. We've got Cissokho out already, so it [Enrique’s knee] was one we needed to keep an eye on."
Post Rodgers: "I just felt from the off we never really got going and then to cap it off we gave away a really poor goal from a corner."
Post Brendan Rodgers: "I think both [the result and performance] were very disappointing in all honesty. We never really got going from the off – it was a bit lethargic and technically we were short today, so it was a very disappointing result and performance for us."
93 FULL-TIME: The Reds' unbeaten start to the season ends with a surprise 1-0 defeat.
90 Three minutes added on.
90 Terrific chance for Sterling, who connects with a perfect Sturridge dink over the Saints defence, but the 18-year-old loses control with a heavy touch.
88 Substitution: Jack Cork for Jay Rodriguez:
87 Sterling drives down the right wing and sets up Alberto, bursting forward in support, but the Spaniard’s side-footer is blocked.
83 Steven Davis cushions a volley in the direction of Liverpool’s goal but it’s easy for Mignolet to catch.
80 First Booking: Nathaniel Clyne:
79 Crucial last-ditch block from Sakho prevents Osvaldo from troubling Mignolet.
77 Gerrard finds Sturridge with space on the right flank and the No.15 can pick his spot with a curler – but the in-form striker is off target. Just over 10 minutes remaining.
74 Substitution: James Ward-Prowse for Adam Lallana:
73 Great run forward from Sturridge threatens but Lovren is there with a brilliant tackle.
71 Substitution: Luis Alberto for Martin Skrtel:
70 Luis Alberto will come on in the Reds' final change.
68 Sterling again then delivers into the danger area and sees his centre cleared off the goalline.
68 Incredible stuff from Mignolet to keep Southampton out! Luke Shaw strode forward, running and running, before clipping a strike at goal – only for our Belgian ‘keeper to claw both that shot and the rebound away somehow.
66 Substitution: Steven Davis for Rickie Lambert:
64 Raheem Sterling has made a superb impact, working very hard, and wins a set-piece on the right side for Henderson to cross – cleared easily, though.
60 ...Gerrard smashes a low one towards the right corner on this occasion, and Boruc needs to move quickly to reach it. The parry away eludes Toure too.
59 Liverpool pressure now and Moses wins a free-kick on the left corner of the Saints area…
57 Substitution: Jose Enrique for Daniel Agger:
55 With the away side’s confidence renewed, Osvaldo then glided through to the edge of the box and struck low, forcing Mignolet into a reaction save to his left.
53 The Reds are behind and it’s the defender Dejan Lovren – he connected with a corner into the Liverpool penalty area and the effort had enough power to bundle into the net despite Gerrard’s best efforts on the line.
53 GOAL! Dejan Lovren:
50 Back come Liverpool and Sakho is set up to arch a cross into the middle – but Boruc is off his line quickly to take control.
47 Lallana is then played through in plenty of space and whips an effort centrally – our No.22 was equal to the task once more.
46 First strike at goal in the second period comes from Rodriguez, who hits a low drive towards the near post which is a simple take for Simon Mignolet.
46 KICK-OFF
46 Substitution: Raheem Sterling for Iago Aspas:
45 Raheem Sterling is on the pitch during the break, conducting an intensive warm-up – could he be joining the action for the second half?
45 Looking through the stats from the first half, the Reds have dominated pretty much every aspect of the match – shots, shots on target, aerial duels, possession, corners, interceptions.
45 Elsewhere in the Barclays Premier League, Newcastle are beating Hull, West Brom are ahead against Sunderland, and Everton trail West Ham.
45 @carlmarkham: Lucas has been one of #LFC's better players, Aspas has flitted in and out the game, Moses shown promise but not delivered yet.
45 HALF-TIME: It's goalless at the break.
45 One minute added on.
44 A precise lofted ball by Gerrard releases Sturridge and the No.15 dances in the Southampton area, only to see his pull-back cleared. The Englishman then flicks a header just over.
41 We know the fans here love Toure and when the Ivorian sets off on a forward foray, there’s a hush around the ground. The defender does well but his attempted combination with Sturridge fails.
37 More exquisite dribbling by Moses presents the Nigerian international with freedom to shoot – tipped over and out for a corner. Agger nods a header straight to Boruc from the follow-up.
35 Daniel Sturridge wriggles his way out of heavy pressure to unleash a trademark strike at goal – this one flies over, though.
32 Another inswinging Gerrard set-piece looks inviting but it eludes his teammates and settles in Boruc’s grasp.
30 Excellent defending twice by Skrtel, who launches two clearing headers from successive Lallana deliveries, allowing Moses to almost break through at the other end.
26 Southampton summer signing Pablo Osvaldo collects the ball wide on the right and drives goalwards – the forward’s blast at Simon Mignolet is sliced, however, and the Reds can start from the back again.
22 Important concentration from Toure there, covering Agger and Skrtel to nick the ball away from Rodriguez.
21 …up steps the skipper to curl a beautiful attempt towards the top left corner. It seems to be a certain goal until Boruc claws the strike away at the final moment. Top save.
20 Superb pressure from Aspas recovers the ball for the Reds in opposition territory and the Spaniard is blocked en route to goal. Free-kick in a good position…
18 Incisive interplay between Jay Rodriguez and Lambert so nearly unlocks the home defence but a telescopic outstretched leg by Daniel Agger denies the visitors.
15 First shot in anger by Scouser Rickie Lambert, from fully 25 yards – well wide.
13 Bright attacking play by Lallana, who bursts beyond three Liverpool markers on the Southampton right and delivers into the centre; Martin Skrtel is there to clip away an unorthodox clearance.
10 More than 60 per cent possession for Liverpool during the opening 10 minutes, with Moses looking particularly lively so far.
7 Brendan Rodgers is out of his seat correctly appealing for a foul on Moses by Nathaniel Clyne; nothing given by the referee.
5 Victor Moses kickstarts another Liverpool counter and the loose ball eventually falls to Lucas Leiva. The whole ground screams “Shoooot” and the Brazilian obliges, but it’s low and comfortable for Boruc.
3 The Reds respond with a break down the right – Aspas looks for Daniel Sturridge, who leaves the ball for the onrushing Jordan Henderson. The midfielder strikes a curling effort which Artur Boruc handles safely.
2 Controlled early possession for the Reds before Adam Lallana attempts an ambitious volley which sails over.
1 To confirm: Sakho is at left-back and Kolo Toure is on the right of our defence.
1 KICK-OFF: The action begins.
Pre Now for YNWA...
Pre Friendly wave to the Kop stand by Iago Aspas on his journey to the pitch.
Pre And here come the two teams...
Pre Home debuts for Victor Moses and Mamadou Sakho today, of course.
Pre Paradise by Coldplay serenades the home crowd; we’ll be in paradise with another three points today.
Pre Not long to go until we kick off at Anfield.
Pre The Liverpool starting XI has completed a pre-match warm-up with assistant manager Colin Pascoe and is now heading back to the dressing room for final instructions.
Pre Elsewhere, Liverpool Ladies striker Natasha Dowie has just scored her first senior goal for England, in their World Cup qualifier against Belarus.
Pre No confirmation yet on exactly how the Liverpool back four is shaping up today, but we will let you know who is playing where as soon as the action gets underway.
Pre @JNorthcroft: Liverpool starting XI: you almost need planning permission for a back four like that. Tower blocks.
Pre @sisteers: Toure at RB, Sakho at LB looks solid. Both played there before. Henderson as the 10. Like the look of that team. #LFC.
Pre Subs: K Davis, S Davis, Ramírez, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Chambers, Hooiveld.
Pre And here’s the Southampton team: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert, Osvaldo.
Pre Subs: Jones, Kelly, Sterling, Enrique, Wisdom, Ibe, Alberto.
Pre The team in full is: Mignolet, Sakho, Agger, Skrtel, Toure, Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard, Aspas, Moses, Sturridge.
Pre TEAM NEWS: Daniel Agger returns to the Liverpool starting XI at Anfield.
Pre “Getting off to a winning start at West Brom was great, but losing to Norwich and a point at home to Sunderland were very disappointing, particularly because Sunderland looked a poor side. A point from West Ham was okay but again disappointing not to take three points. It was a combination of Jussi Jaaskelainen having a stormer and our strikers not quite firing.”
Pre We asked Southampton fan Chris Ring for a lowdown on the opposition. “It has been a bit of a mixed bag,” he reflected.
Pre Liverpool have failed to score in only four of their 48 meetings with the Saints at Anfield in all competitions.
Pre Should he score on Saturday he will become only the second Liverpool player ever to score in the opening five games of a league campaign - the other being John Aldridge in 1987, who found the net in each of the first nine games in Division One and also netted on the final day of the 1986-87 season.
Pre Daniel Sturridge has scored in all of the Reds' home games this season. The last man to score in four successive Anfield fixtures for the club in league and cup was Fernando Torres in April 2010.
Pre "We've already beaten good sides like Stoke and Manchester United and we can keep going on the same lines in order to stay up there and finish in the top four. We can't afford any slip ups."
Pre "It's a game we have to win also because we are playing in front of our own supporters.
Pre Ahead of today’s game, we spoke to Iago Aspas; "Let's hope that we can have a big win one of these days, but I'd personally take 1-0 in every game if it meant that we always grabbed the win,” said the Spaniard.
Pre Post-match, we will bring you a final-whistle match report, live photos from Anfield and Brendan Rodgers’ press conference, and Liverpoolfc.com will get the thoughts of the players in text and video form in the coming days.
Pre Without having to refresh, you can also enjoy in-play Opta stats, an as-it-stands Premier League table, scores from around the grounds and more.
Pre Stay right here for confirmed Liverpool team news before anywhere else at 2pm BST, then live text updates directly from the stadium and accompanying audio commentary.
Pre But they return to their home ground today, where they have won three games out of three this season; they were also 1-0 winners against the Saints in the corresponding fixture last season.
Pre The Reds regained top spot in the division following their 2-2 draw against Swansea on Monday night, a result which ended their 100 per cent record and clean sheet streak.
Pre Welcome to the Liverpoolfc.com match centre – we’re in place at Anfield to bring you all of the action as top-of-the-table Liverpool host Southampton in the Barclays Premier League.