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Southampton v Liverpool

St Mary's
1 Mar 2014, KO: 17:30

Minute by minute

Post We'll be back two weeks tomorrow, when the Reds face the small matter of a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.
Post And that's all from our coverage today - another match Liverpool fans will not forget in a hurry.
Post Check the homepage now for a full report from the manager's briefing.
Post He added: "We've had an outstanding performance today - a really significant performance - against a very, very good side with an excellent manager. Our players were tactically brilliant today; kept a clean sheet collectively as a team and scored three goals. We'll just stay calm. 10 games to go, we're in a good position and we just want to continue working at the level we've been at."
Post At his post-match press conference, Brendan Rodgers said: "We'll stay calm. It's good for the supporters to dream. It's great for them because they've seen the evolution of this team over the last 18 months - and we've been constantly for over a year progressing and performing at a good level."
Post @Realaldo474: Woulda liked Daniel sturridge to have got to my 10 game league goals record but he's done brilliant getting to 8 he'll get another chance.
Post @ged0407: @LFC are 2nd in the league after 28 games of a campaign for the first time since 2005-06.
Post @1stLadyOfFooty: Massive performance from #LFC. Difficult ground, second best for large patches of play, but stuck to the task. Defended superbly & clinical.
Post @ged0407: Steven Gerrard's 38th successful penalty. Now joins Phil Neal in 2nd place on the club's all-time list. 4 behind Jan Molby.
Post @DietmarHamann: Another great result for LFC. Saints impressive. Suarez making the difference today.Looking forward to CL football at Anfield next season.
Post @ged0407: Most goals in first 100 league games for @LFC - Roger Hunt 72, Jack Parkinson 67, Sam Raybould 67, Torres 63, Suarez 62, Fowler 62.
Post @Linda_Pizzuti: Massive win today pushes LFC ahead of Arsenal. While every match feels critical, today's clean sheet made it fun to watch
Post Liverpool had a total of 12 shots this evening, one fewer than Southampton - but five of those were on target compared to the hosts' two
Post So, Liverpool are now up to second in the Barclays Premier League table on goal difference, four points behind table-toppers Chelsea
94 No mistake from the captain!
94 GOAL! Steven Gerrard:
94 Penalty to Liverpool after Suarez is brought down in the box by Fonte!
90 Four minutes of added time to be played at St Mary's
86 First Booking: Steven Gerrard:
85 Substitution: Iago Aspas for Daniel Sturridge:
83 First Booking: Victor Wanyama:
81 Mignolet comes through a crowd of players to punch Ramirez's corner to safety
78 Rodriguez cuts inside and shoots...well wide
77 Substitution: Victor Wanyama for Jack Cork:
77 Substitution: Sam Gallagher for Rickie Lambert:
76 @OptaJoe: 10 - Luis Suarez has now provided more assists than any other @premierleague player this season. Dominant.
75 Liverpool getting closer to a third as Henderson sends Suarez bounding into the area, but his outside-of-the-boot effort is wide
74 Another LFC corner eventually finds Henderson at the back post, who skews a volley wide
73 He's scored some outrageous goals for us, but even that would have been special as Suarez's corner almost finds the net. Did he mean it? You wouldn't put it past him...
73 Long-range drive from Gerrard is destined for the bottom corner, but Boruc gets down well to turn it behind
72 Suarez wins the ball from Lovren and goes through on goal. He elects to cross for Sturridge but Fonte cuts it out. He tries to cross again but it's over everyone. Liverpool work the ball back into the box and Henderson fires over when well placed
69 First Booking: Jordan Henderson:
67 Suarez slips Sturridge into space, who rounds Boruc; however, the angle is too tight and he shoots across goal
62 ‏@OptaJoe: 5 - Luis Suarez has assisted five of Raheem Sterling's six Premier League goals this season. Combo.
58 Sterling makes an immediate impact as he taps home at the far post following brilliant work from Suarez to spin his marker and cross for the youngster
58 GOAL! Raheem Sterling:
57 Substitution: Raheem Sterling for Philippe Coutinho:
55 Henderson's dangerous centre is headed away by Lovren
51 Suarez's lofts a cross in from the left in the direction of Henderson and Sturridge, but Boruc gets there first
50 Lallana tries to glide an effort into the corner. Comfortable for Mignolet
49 Gerrard lines one up from the edge of the box but it strikes a Saints defender
47 Rodriguez holds off Flanagan and shoots, but it's blocked by Skrtel
46 SECOND HALF: Southampton re-start the contest
46 Substitution: Gaston Ramirez for Steven Davis:
45 Two minutes of added time to be played at the end of the first half
43 A brilliant save from Mignolet keeps Liverpool's lead intact after Rodriguez steered a neat effort towards goal from close range
41 A promising Liverpool counter-attack breaks down with a last-ditch challenge from Fonte
39 Chambers' cross finds a way through to Schneiderin, who scoops an effort over the bar
37 Crisp first-time effort from Suarez following Sturridge's cross, but Boruc collects
36 Coutinho tries a precise through ball for Suarez, but Fonte cuts it out
34 Rodriguez tries a chip from the edge of the box, but Mignolet is never troubled as it sails over the bar
33 Southampton again threaten and Shaw's centre finds Lallana, who steers wide. The hosts enjoying a good spell at the moment
33 @ged0407: Liverpool's first goal today was their 50th in the first half this season in all competitions
32 Incredible let off for Liverpool as Lallana manages to strike the foot of the post from Lambert's knock down when a goal seemed inevitable
29 Johnson does well to turn Chambers' cross away on the slide
25 Shaw's low cross from the left finds Lambert unmarked on the edge of the box, but he can't connect properly and fires high into the stand
21 He steps up himself to take it, but he's off target
20 Suarez wins a free-kick in the 'D' outside the Saint's box...
18 @JamesPearceEcho: Suarez's 1st goal in 6 games and perfect way to mark his 100th PL appearance for the Reds. That's 24 for the season.
17 @OptaJoe: 62 - Luis Suarez has scored 62 goals in his opening 100 Premier League games, matching Robbie Fowler. Godlike.
16 Suarez tucks home with trademark aplomb after the ball deflected kindly for him inside the box. Get in!
16 GOAL! Luis Suarez:
15 Lallana digs out a dangerous cross for Rodriguez, but Agger gets a vital touch to steer it away from with head of the striker
13 Flanagan and Lallana collide in the box, with the Southampton midfielder going to ground. The referee takes a look at it but play is waved on
12 Fully recovered, Shaw pings in a cross from the left...high over Mignolet's bar
10 An aerial clash between Shaw and Flanagan leaves the Southampton man needing treatment. Meanwhile, Agger's attempted clearance rebounds off Lambert and goes well wide of Mignolet's post
9 A corner is half-cleared as far as Coutinho, whose ambitious volley is off target
7 Sturridge surges down the right and lays a ball across goal for Suarez, but Fonte manages to get a toe to it before the Liverpool striker can tap into an empty net
6 Sturridge spins well in midfield after collecting Skrtel's clearance, but his attempted ball through for Suarez can't find the No.7's run. Unlucky
4 Henderson angles in a cross aimed for Coutinho, but Lovren is there to head away
2 Coutinho tries to play Suarez through on goal but Lovren is able to intercept. The Uruguayan goes again but is dispossessed
1 KICK OFF: Liverpool get the game underway
Pre The teams are out on the pitch and the travelling Kop are in full voice here at St Mary's. Kick off is imminent...
Pre Southampton substitutes: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Ramírez, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Gallagher.
Pre Southampton team: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert.
Pre Substitutes: Jones, Toure, Cissokho, Moses, Aspas, Sterling, Teixeira.
Pre The Reds’ XI in full: Mignolet, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Flanagan, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Coutinho, Sturridge, Suarez.
Pre TEAM NEWS: Joe Allen replaces Raheem Sterling in the only change to the Liverpool line-up by Brendan Rodgers for the clash against Southampton.
Pre But today’s encounter is likely to arrive too soon for the pair; we’ll have confirmation of the manager’s starting XI before anywhere else at around 4.30pm GMT.
Pre At his pre-match press conference on Thursday, Brendan Rodgers delivered a double fitness boost – midfielder Lucas Leiva and defender Mamadou Sakho both returned to training at Melwood this week.
Pre In addition to our match centre, reports and photos on the website, follow the club’s official social media channels – including Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Twitter – for further updates throughout the day.
Pre He said: “When we have beaten you in the past couple of games we have hassled and closed down from the first minute, putting your defence under more pressure, which I think is your weak point at the moment. Shaw and Clyne caused your defence problems with their pace and that causes your more attacking players to have to play deeper and be less creative.”
Pre We asked Southampton fan Chris Ring to give his opinion on why Southampton have enjoyed success against the Reds recently, and he explained that hard work from the first minute has been crucial.
Pre If you prefer to use social media to make your point, include the hashtag #theKOP in your posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter throughout the day and you could feature in the fans’ section of the website. Visit for more.
Pre We want you to get involved in our post-match phone-in programme too; to have your say, simply phone 0845 234 4567, email, text 60070 starting your message with 'LFC' or tweet @LFC.
Pre Build-up to today’s encounter will begin on the club’s official television channel, LFC TV, from 4.30pm GMT with pre-match interviews and analysis, as well as confirmed team news from the away dressing room.
Pre The pre-match statistics suggest that goals are guaranteed at St Mary’s this evening – there has never been a goalless draw in Liverpool’s 38 league meetings at Southampton. The Reds last won there in January 2003.
Pre Luis Suarez will clock up his 100th Premier League appearance for Liverpool today; the Uruguayan has so far scored 61 top-flight goals in England. Raheem Sterling, meanwhile, could play his 50th league game for the club.
Pre Mignolet continued: “For us, it's more about looking at ourselves; we have to be at our best and we don't really have to think about the opponents or their threats. We have to make sure that we're at a level we want to be.”
Pre The Belgian told “Southampton got a result against us at Anfield, but that's in the past. I'm sure nobody will think about that any more once the game kicks off on Saturday.”
Pre On the eve of the journey to Southampton, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet insisted that his team will forget about the 1-0 defeat they suffered against Mauricio Pochettino’s outfit back in September.
Pre Stay right here, without having to refresh the page, for extensive build-up, minute-by-minute updates, audio commentary, in-play Opta statistics, scores from elsewhere and much more.
Pre The Reds have travelled to the south coast seeking to make amends for their past two clashes with the Saints, who are the only team to have claimed a victory at Anfield in 2013-14.
Pre Welcome to the match centre, where we’ll keep you updated with everything that happens as Liverpool take on Southampton in the Barclays Premier League at 5.30pm GMT.