Southampton v Liverpool: Live matchday blog
Liverpool beat Southampton 2-1 at St Mary's in their second Premier League game of the season thanks to goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Danny Ings pulled one back for the hosts late on, but the Reds stood firm to claim all three points.
Jürgen Klopp's reaction
Jürgen Klopp saluted Liverpool for an 'outstanding job' done following their 2-1 win at Southampton.
Read a summary of the boss' post-match press conference here.
11 - Liverpool have now won 11 consecutive Premier League matches, equalling their best-ever winning streak in the… https://t.co/5Im2YgrQsi— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 17th Aug 16:17
Liverpool survive a late scare to claim a hugely impressive win after their exploits in Istanbul in midweek.
Superb finishes in either half from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino put the Reds in command, before Danny Ings made a it a nervy last few minutes by pulling one back for Southampton late on.
The visitors held on, though, to make it six points from two Premier League games so far this season.
Southampton 1-2 Liverpool
A minimum of four minutes to be added on.
A third and final sub for Liverpool.
Henderson is on for Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Ings misses a good chance for the equaliser, side-footing a cross from the right wide from close range.
Ings pulls one back by blocking Adrian's attempted pass out from the back, with the ball speeding past the 'keeper and into the net.
Good save, Adrian!
Matip does well to get to a dangerous cross from the right, but the defender's clearance is goalbound until Adrian tips it wide.
Substitution number two for Liverpool.
Origi is on for Salah.
Liverpool are enjoying themselves now!
A brilliant one-two between Mane and Robertson ends with the left-back drilling a shot on target, which Gunn turns behind.
As the away end belts out the Firmino song, Liverpool almost score a third, with Gunn parrying Mane's firm header wide.
A first change for the Reds, with Fabinho replacing Milner.
Get in, Bobby!
Mane does brilliantly to win the ball back high up the pitch following a Southampton throw-in, and the No.10 rolls the ball inside to Firmino.
The Brazilian takes his time, finding the ideal angle from which to shoot. And when he does, he arrows a low strike past Gunn.
That's not far off from Ings, the former Liverpool striker who has just come on.
The forward tricks Milner on the edge of the box and curls narrowly over with his left foot.
So nearly 2-0!
A lightning break sees Wijnaldum play in Mane down the left.
The goalscorer's cross finds Firmino, who opens out his body and tries to steer a side-footer past Gunn, but his effort goes wide.
This is superb from Liverpool.
The game is being played almost exclusively in the Southampton half as the Reds probe for a second, and a prolonged spell of pressure ends with Milner shooting over the bar from Alexander-Arnold's cut-back.
Liverpool go close twice!
A clearance from Alexander-Arnold's corner falls to Milner on the edge of the box but his shot goes just wide, before Salah goes through one-on-one and sees his shot saved by Gunn.
The Reds have started this half strongly.
Salah tries to slip Firmino in with a slide-rule pass, but Vestergaard clears desperately before the Brazilian can get his shot off.
Matip wins a free-kick in a dangerous position after striding forward proactively to nick the ball ahead of Redmond.
Salah hits the wall with his effort from just outside the box.
And we're back under way.
No changes for either side at the break.
Here's the story of that half in stats...
Talk about a good time to score!
The half-time whistle goes pretty much straight away after the restart following that stunning Mane opener.
Liverpool lead 1-0 at the break.
What. A. Finish!
Sadio dips inside from the left and whips an unstoppable shot into the far top corner from 20 yards.
We're into two minutes of added time at the end of the first half.
Romeu, having just been booked for a strong tackle on Robertson, swings in a cross from the right and Adams, unmarked, heads over.
A good chance for the hosts goes begging.
A first sight of goal for Salah, who gets on the end of Oxlade-Chamberlain's lofted pass from deep and attempts a half-volley from an acute angle.
The Egyptian slices wide, though.
The Reds just about manage to scramble the ball away after some pinball in the penalty area.
Then, at the other end, Gunn is alert to gather Wijnaldum's low cross from the left byline.
Firmino can't quite get on the end of a beauty of a cross by Alexander-Arnold and the ball runs out for a goal kick.
Milner is back and bandaged up after that clash of heads.
What a save!
Adrian denies Yoshida, who headed Ward-Prowse's corner goalwards from close range.
Brilliant from the Spaniard!
A first attempt on goal by the home team, as Yoshida just fails to get enough on the ball as he tries to divert Adams' shot goalwards following a corner.
Milner is receiving treatment for a cut after clashing heads with Ward-Prowse.
The skipper has run down the tunnel to get patched up, meaning the Reds are down to 10 men temporarily.
A gorgeous backheel by Salah affords Oxlade-Chamberlain the chance of a shot on goal, but the No.15 mis-hits his strike and sends it wide from an angle.
More pressure from the Reds.
Oxlade-Chamberlain races onto Salah's pass down the right and digs out a fine cross. Mane is waiting to pounce, but Southampton manage to clear.
A lovely flick around the corner by Mane enables Milner to stride forward and shoot from 20 yards.
His effort is deflected, though, and goes straight into Gunn's arms.
Early attacking intent on display from Liverpool, with Vestergaard forced to hack Firmino's header back across goal clear after Oxlade-Chamberlain had fed the ball wide to Alexander-Arnold.
And we're off!
The teams have just been read out and those in the away end are making themselves heard.
Kick-off is just a few minutes away.
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Conditions at St Mary's are being described as 'ideal for football' according to LFCTV crew members on location, with sunshine, a light breeze and temperatures around 19 degrees.
Concerned about precipitation? Well, we're informed there's only a six per cent chance of rain today.
Our advice? A light jacket will suffice. Hats and scarfs are optional, as always.
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Boss on Adrian and team selection
Jürgen Klopp has been discussing Adrian's return to fitness and his team selection for today's game at Southampton.
“I’m very pleased about that,” said the boss of his goalkeeper. “We tested it this morning. Yesterday it was already better but still swollen. Now it’s good, so obviously not that serious."
The Reds have made three changes for today's game as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino come back into the XI.
“We had to think a little bit about Wednesday night – but pretty early and then not anymore,” Klopp continued. “And that’s what we decided; the two midfielders with the highest work-rate on Wednesday night [come out of the team]. We have options so let’s do it. That’s what we did, that’s why we changed and that’s it.”
Here's how Opta expect the sides to line up...
Inside the away dressing room...
The Reds are in the house...
The team news is in! 😇 Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to face #LFC this afternoon in the #PL: https://t.co/UAALbRHRxD— SouthamptonFC (Southampton FC) 17th Aug 13:00
Adrian starts as Liverpool make three changes for today’s game with Southampton, which see Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino come back into the starting line-up.
Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Lonergan, Fabinho, Gomez, Henderson, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi.
Adrian injury latest
We can confirm that Adrian has been passed fit for today's game and will be in the matchday squad.
Full team news to follow shortly...
Trent steps up...
...and delivers the pre-match media duties on behalf of the Reds today.
Victory for LFC U18s
There's a win in the bag for the Reds already today - Layton Stewart's sublime volley in the 88th minute gave the U18s a 3-2 success against Stoke City at the Academy. Full match report here.
A warm welcome for the European champions
Ralph Hasenhuttl's programme notes feature some classy words regarding the Reds...
"I extend a warm welcome to our opponents, Liverpool, who arrive as European champions and UEFA Super Cup winners," writes the Saints' boss.
"I congratulate Jürgen Klopp, his staff and players on an incredible season last year, and wish the Liverpool supporters a safe journey home after today's game.
"We know the quality of the team in front of us, but you have to relish these opportunities and the players will be ready."
Matchday 2️⃣! Lets do this! 💪🏼 #XS23 #YNWA #LFC @LFC https://t.co/4zAVQ4DAOp— XS_11official (Xherdan Shaqiri) 17th Aug 11:40
At St Mary’s for #LFC’s first Premier League away game of 2019-20. https://t.co/wloyMlfNW0— James_Carroll84 (James Carroll) 17th Aug 11:38
St Mary's is set
Liverpool are the first visitors to Southampton's home in the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.
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The last meeting
There was a dramatic finish to a frantic contest when these two sides last met, in April. Enjoy the decisive goals from Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson all over again...
Liverpool could achieve a few records this afternoon...
- A draw or victory would see Klopp reach 300 league points in fewer games than any other manager in Reds history. Today is his 146th in charge.
- Liverpool have lost just one of their last 40 Premier League matches and have won the past 10 in a row - the seventh time the club has reached double figures.
- Their best PL winning streak is 11 games, set between February and April 2014. The longest sequence in Reds history is the 12 successive victories recorded from April to October 1990.
🔴⚽️ https://t.co/hvcYeZ8px5— _fabinhotavares (Fabinho) 16th Aug 19:54
As previously mentioned, the Reds come into this game on the back of clinching the club's fourth UEFA Super Cup. See the story of their clash with Chelsea at Besiktas Park and the celebrations in Turkey below...
It's very, very early days in the Premier League but Divock Origi knows one thing: Liverpool's players will give everything to go one better than last season.
"It's going to be a very tough year in the Premier League again, which makes it interesting," the Reds striker commented this week.
"We like a challenge. Mentally, we're a group of fighters, we go out there and play our game. We have a lot of respect for the other teams. It could be a tight race, it's hard for me to tell.
"What I do know is that we're very hungry and we're going to challenge every team and try to win every game possible - and hopefully win something at the end of the year."
MATCHDAY 🔥 Let’s do this Reds! 👊🏾🔴 #YNWA #SOULIV https://t.co/bZEc9XtkSQ— GWijnaldum (Gini Wijnaldum) 17th Aug 09:32
Eight days ago
The Reds kicked off their Premier League campaign with a strong 4-1 win against Norwich City at Anfield. Relive the best of that season-opener below...
Did you know?
Jordan Henderson could captain Liverpool for the 100th time in the Premier League today.
The manager's preview
Jürgen Klopp spoke to the media at Melwood on Friday morning to preview the clash with Southampton - and you can see everything the boss had to say below...
Liverpool will check on Adrian's fitness this morning after the goalkeeper was injured during the post-match celebrations in Istanbul on Wednesday.
The Spaniard is hopeful of recovering in time to feature against Saints, however.
"I think I have many chances," Adrian told Liverpoolfc.com on Friday afternoon. "I feel mentally ready and I also hope with the treatment of the ankle it's going to be much better."
Naby Keita is unavailable due to the muscle strain he felt earlier this week.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl reported no injury concerns ahead of the game.
Back to Premier League business
Here's the full schedule of games around the Premier League today...
A busy week for Liverpool concludes with a trip to Southampton this afternoon, with three Premier League points on offer at St Mary's.
Can the newly-crowned UEFA Super Cup winners follow up their 4-1 victory over Norwich City on the first matchday?
Stick with us to find out as we bring you updates, photos, videos and much more from the south coast.