Barclays Premier League
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Southampton v Liverpool

St Mary's
16 Mar 2013, KO: 15:00

Minute by minute

Post That's all from today's match centre. Disappointing day for the Reds. Thanks for following and we'll be back after the international break for our trip to Aston Villa.
Post Rodgers: "We just conceded poor goals today. It's bitterly disappointing. We need to be better."
Post Rodgers: "Southampton deserved to win. We were nowhere near where we've been for the last couple of weeks."
Post Elsewhere in the Barclays Premier League today, Everton beat Man City 2-0 at Goodison in the day's early kick-off, Villa beat QPR 3-2 at home, Arsenal won 2-0 at Swansea and Stoke and West Brom played out a goalless draw
Post The Reds played a total of 435 passes with an accuracy rate of 74.5 per cent
Post The Reds saw more of the ball, however, edging the possession 52.1 per cent to 47.9 per cent
Post Southampton had 18 efforts on goal today to Liverpool's 10
90 First Booking: Luis Suarez:
86 Little time left but the Reds are still attacking.
82 Substitution: Guly' do Prado for Adam Lallana:
81 Substitution: Jordan Henderson for Daniel Sturridge:
79 Southampton have their third and it's Rodriguez. He dribbled a long way with the ball, past several challenges and beat Jones at the second attempt to possibly secure three points.
79 GOAL! Jay Rodriguez:
77 Lallana should have bagged a third for Southampton, gliding clean through and facing up Jones. The midfielder tried a delicate lob which lacked power and allowed Skrtel to clear.
76 Decent effort from Gerrard after Coutinho and Johnson won possession at the edge of the area, but Boruc dived low to his left to save.
74 A corner is cleared but the ball comes back to Sturridge. The 23-year-old produces a cross-shot - Boruc collects once more.
72 Vicious, swinging free-kick from Gerrard is well handled by Boruc.
70 20 minutes remaining for the Reds to get something from St Mary's.
69 Now our right-back bursts forward, passing from the back and playing in Suarez, who sees a shot deflected behind.
67 Clyne attacks the right flank and puts a teasing ball across the six-yard box - Skrtel gets a touch and Johnson clears completely.
65 Good strike by the No.7 but it's too central and Boruc collects comfortably.
64 Suarez standing over it...
64 Free-kick for the Reds after Clyne downs Suarez...
61 @JamesPearceEcho: Suso and Henderson sent out to warm up. #LFC been better 2nd half but no sign of an equaliser.
59 A dangerous curling cross by Luke Shaw appears to be heading for Lallana but Enrique stretches his neck to nod behind for a corner. Excellent defensive work.
56 Frustration for Suarez - Lucas picks out the No.7 with a delightful pass over the top but the forward can't control and Boruc sweeps up.
54 Substitution: Steven Davis for Gaston Ramirez:
54 Sturridge takes aim from an awkward angle inside the Saints area but his attempt dribbles wide.
52 Lambert breaks beyond the Liverpool defence but is pushed wide and his cutback is cleared.
49 No goalmouth action to speak of but Liverpool have been much more purposeful since the break - Suarez coming close to breaking the offside trap on two occasions.
46 Rodgers makes a change for the second period, introducing Lucas Leiva for Joe Allen.
46 Substitution: Lucas Leiva for Joe Allen:
45 Perfect timing - Coutinho provides hope for the Reds after a goalmouth scramble. Sturridge's shot was blocked but the Brazilian picked his spot to reduce the arrears for Brendan Rodgers' men.
45 GOAL! Philippe Coutinho:
44 @pauldalglish: I think today's game so far highlights what a difference Lucas makes to the team.
44 More excellent defending from Enrique to keep Ramirez out.
43 Now Lallana earns a sight at goal following lovely approach play - wide.
42 Rodriguez, unmarked, sends a header wide.
39 End-to-end now and Coutinho should reduce the deficit after connecting with an accurate Johnson through ball. But, admittedly under some pressure, he shoots straight at Boruc.
38 Rodriguez has been sensational here and the winger is inches from a third for his team. He collected a pass, held off Skrtel and launched a low effort towards the left post which finished on the right side for Liverpool.
36 Close to a response from Liverpool - Downing releases Sturridge in the right channel and the striker looks to pass across goal for a teammate but Southampton recover to clear.
32 A second goal for the home side and a huge slice of fortune. Rickie Lambert sends a free-kick towards goal which deflects off the end of the wall and fools Jones, who was heading the other way.
32 GOAL! Rickie Lambert:
31 Substitution: Jose Fonte for Jos Hooiveld:
30 Brief break in play as Hooiveld receives some treatment. A change coming it seems.
28 The attendance at St Mary's today is a record for Southampton - boosted, without doubt, by the vociferous travelling Kop.
27 Suarez penalised after Jos Hooiveld falls over. An odd decision.
26 60 per cent possession for the Saints and no shots from Liverpool tell the story so far.
25 @paul_tomkins: Been increasingly impressed with #LFC's attacking in recent months, but any team that has a real go at the Reds seems to prosper.
24 The Reds try to respond, but Downing and Suarez fail to combine inside the Southampton box. Better.
22 The hosts are really troubling Liverpool here and Jose Enrique is forced to concede a corner under heavy pressure at the back post. The Spaniard did well.
21 Southampton again should double their lead but the impressive Rodriguez volleys over with the goal half-gaping.
20 A bright spark from the Reds and very nearly a chance for Sturridge, who just can't reach Johnson's ball over the top
17 And the 'keeper is tested again, this time Rodriguez drilling a low strike which Jones punches away and collects.
15 Ramirez is enjoying a lot of space between the lines and, after working another yard, the Uruguayan stings Jones' hands.
14 Nice example of Philippe Coutinho's work ethic there, tracking all the way to his own goalline to prevent Clyne from crossing.
13 13 minutes played now and Liverpool have lacked rhythm so far, although Suarez and Sturridge are working hard to press the home defence.
10 And they should be 2-0 ahead after Rickie Lambert broke clear of the Reds defence with only Jones to beat but the Australian stood up well and denied the forward.
9 Southampton have started brightly here and now their skipper, Adam Lallana, tries his luck from the edge of the box. Over.
5 The Reds fall behind after a clever move by the hosts. Ramirez sends a cross to the far post which Rodriguez knocks down for the onrushing Morgan Schneiderlin to guide beyond Brad Jones.
5 GOAL! Morgan Schneiderlin:
4 Important block by Martin Skrtel to deny Jay Rodriguez before Gaston Ramirez works Brad Jones with a low effort.
2 Stewart Downing sends in a corner which eludes Steven Gerrard, but Glen Johnson recovers the ball and plays through Sturridge. The front-man's strike is blocked by Boruc and he was offside anyway.
1 Luis Suarez close to snatching a loose pass across the Saints backline in the first minute.
Pre The Reds are, in fact, sporting their black away kit for today's match.
Pre The two teams are on the pitch at St Mary’s and we’re almost ready to go.
Pre @pablfc78: Reckon Sturridge will score today with Southampton playing a high pressing line his pace in behind will be key
Pre While you’re there, why not check out reaction and analysis of the U18s’ victory over West Ham earlier today before the first team kick off at St Mary’s?
Pre Want to know a little bit more about Jordon Ibe? Check out his attempt at our keepy uppy challenge by visiting the homepage now.
Pre @RyanMcL2: Big well done to @ibejordon getting on the bench today, hope you get on mate
Pre We believe Jamie Carragher has a calf problem, hence his absence today.
Pre @MikyLFC: 2-1 Victory for us with Suarez and Sturridge on the scoresheet! A clean sheet might be a little troublesome for this away game #YNWA
Pre @Dheeraj_Red: I am going with a hard fought 2-0 victory! Sturridge & Suarez to score!
Pre @shaqatac: Liverpool 3-0 Southampton Suarez gets two and Sturridge with one Coutinho double assist and one assist from downing.
Pre @naitpage8: 3-0, given our current form I see no reason why we shouldn't demonstrate our domination with a solid performance. YNWA
Pre You all seem in confident mood for this one. Here are some of your predictions...
Pre Subs: K Davis, Fonte, S Davis, Forren, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Puncheon.
Pre Southampton XI: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, Lallana, Ramirez, Rodriguez, Lambert.
Pre Subs: Gulacsi, Wisdom, Henderson, Shelvey, Lucas, Suso, Ibe.
Pre The Reds XI in full is: Jones, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Skrtel, Allen, Gerrard, Downing, Coutinho, Sturridge, Suarez.
Pre TEAM NEWS: Martin Skrtel returns to the Liverpool starting line-up in place of Jamie Carragher while youngster Jordon Ibe is named among the substitutes.
Pre We’re in place at St Mary’s now and will have Liverpool team news for you in 15 minutes. Tweet me, @shawct, with your predictions and I’ll include a selection.
Pre But for now, stay on this page for coverage of everything live from St Mary’s.
Pre Here at Southampton we’ll also be speaking to a Liverpool supporter who has proved his passion for the Reds in a unique way – more on that next week.
Pre “Rodgers has got you playing well of late so if we're not on our game from the off it could end up a difficult game for us. Hopefully we will settle early and if we do it will make for a decent game. I'm going for 1-1.”
Pre We asked Southampton supporter Chris Ring where the Saints are weak and he reported: “For some reason Pochettino seems to like dropping young Luke Shaw and playing Fox and sometimes he can look a little lost. So possibly down that side if he chooses Fox.
Pre The Reds have so far found the net nine more times than they did in the whole of last season.
Pre The Reds have scored 26 away league goals this season - only once in the last nine Premier League seasons have they surpassed that tally (36 in 2008-09).
Pre One of Jamie Carragher's five goals for Liverpool came against Southampton in January 1999.
Pre Liverpool's last win at St Mary's came in January 2003 when Emile Heskey scored the only goal of the game on 14 minutes.
Pre The last meeting between the sides on this ground saw Southampton win 2-0 with goals from David Prutton and Peter Crouch in January 2005. Only Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard from that team remain at Anfield.
Pre And if you like statistics, here are some of the best ahead of today’s game courtesy of club statto Ged Rea…
Pre If you visit the homepage now, you can read exclusive interviews with both Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.
Pre Here’s what the Argentinian had to say about Coutinho: "Aside from the magic that he has, he also has an amazing work-rate and that makes us doubt whether he fits the mould of a typical Brazilian player or a European one because his work ethic is outstanding.”
Pre Mauricio Pochettino, who coached January signing Philippe Coutinho at Espanyol during the second half of last season, replaced Nigel Adkins earlier this year.
Pre Liverpool were 1-0 winners when the two sides met at Anfield earlier in the season – Daniel Agger with the single goal – but the Saints have changed manager since that match.
Pre The dramatic win against Tottenham last weekend saw Liverpool climb to sixth in the standings; Southampton, on the other hand, are trying to avoid relegation and sit 16th.
Pre And we’ll keep you up-to-date with everything that happens before, during and after the match right here, and once the game has kicked off you will be able to access in-play stats further down the page.
Pre Today’s match will take place at St Mary’s Stadium, with kick-off at 3pm.
Pre Brendan Rodgers and his players flew south on Friday night, arriving in a rainy Southampton at around 6pm GMT. The weather has improved this morning and conditions look good for football.
Pre Greetings from Southampton, where the Reds are today attempting to secure a fourth consecutive victory in the Barclays Premier League and a fifth straight win in all competitions.