Liverpool vs Southampton, Premier League: live score and latest updates
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⚽️ Sadio Mane ends his longest run without a home PL goal for Liverpool, his 1st in 9 at Anfield
He has scored only 3 home PL goals this season, having scored 44 in his previous 4 seasons at the club (best of 18 in 2018-19) pic.twitter.com/wnxpDBB8D0— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 8, 2021
Walcott is going nowhere and Mane helps him out by fouling him.
Ward-Prowse now has a good opportunity to put in a good cross from the right-hand byline. It's whipped in but a Liverpool head clears the threat.
Southampton see the ball for a bit - they pass it around but cannot fashion anything resembling a clearcut chance.
Salah nearly makes it two - he cuts in off the left and possibly pulls the trigger too late as his shot is blocked. by a a combo of Vestergaard and Forster.
This is more like Liverpool of old, they're looking more threatening with every attack.
1 - Mohamed Salah's assist for Sadio Mané's header was the first time the duo have combined for a goal in the Premier League this season, last doing so vs Crystal Palace in June 2020. Friends. #LIVSOU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 8, 2021
That goal should calm any nerves Liverpool had - especially after that Adams chance was well saved by Allison. Can they go on from here?
The ball goes quickly to the other end of the pitch and a Salah cross to the back post is met by Mane and he makes no mistake.
It's his first goal at Anfield since December and it came 48 seconds after Allison's save.
Great chance for Southampton!
They break on the right with Tella whose low cross is met first time by Adams, BUT his shot is brilliantly saved by the onrushing Allison.
The ball stays up in the final third and comes to Salah whose first-time shot is again well saved by the Southampton keeper. From the resulting corner Wijnaldum gets in a great header (having outjumped Vestergaard) that clips the crossbar. Liverpool are dominant.
Liverpool have a free kick inside the visitors' half. From the set piece they pass it around nicely, it's pleasing on the eye and patient. Robertson fizzes one in to Mane who does well going wide before backheeling for Jota who comes inside and forces Forster into a good save. Much better from the hosts.
The hosts are getting on top. TAA this time gets in a cross that Forster comes to collect. No real quality for either side in the final third so far.
It's the Mane-Salah combo again - this time Mane plays in the Egyptian inside the box and his low shot is well saved by Forster. Liverpool are waking up.
Liverpool steam the ball off the visitors in midfield and the ball comes out to Mane on the left, it's a mini counter but his ball is easily claimed by Forster when Salah was free in the box. Disappointing from the champions (I will be using that term a bit tonight as they won't be champions for too much longer, and I am kind, like that...).
Redmond looks lively, he does well, driving at TAA and wins a corner.
Ward-Prowse's first corner was disappointing what will he deliver now? A similarly poor effort, as it fails to beat the first man. They get another corner, however, and it's third time lucky as Ward-Prowse gets an inswinger right into the danger area and Allison comes out and punches.
Here's a stat - Liverpool have not won five games in a row in all competitions since November. This is the sort of match that last year was a definite three points, but already it's clear that this Liverpool side are a different animal. They'd take a hard-fought 1-0 right now.
A fairly quiet start from both sides at Anfield AND as I type that Mane chests down a ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold (TAA for the rest of the match) and then fires over on the half-volley against his former club.
Vestergaard is pressured by Salah and losses the ball but the Liverpool man's first touch is heavy and it goes over the deadball line.
The visitors are seeing more of the ball at the moment. But no clear chances have been created. Remember they beat Liverpool in January with Danny Ings' well-taken first-half goal. They were up against it second half and that's been their problem, according to Jamie Carragher on comms, they're a 'first-half team'.
An early Southampton corner in front of the Kop.
Ward-Prowse, the deadly deliverer of set pieces, hits it deep and Liverpool clear their lines.
Jota comes in off the left and tries to find Salah but Vestergaard makes a good challenge and snuffs out the danger.
We're under way at Anfield.
Liverpool are in their famous red kit while Southampton are wearing their white away kit with its fetching red sash-type thingy- debonair...
And we're ready to go.
Unlike Liverpool's last match against Manchester United, this game will go ahead, phew...
11 - Southampton have earned fewer points than any other Premier League side so far in 2021 (11); however, only Fulham (4) have won fewer home points than Liverpool (5) so far this calendar year. Intriguing. #LIVSOU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 8, 2021
Has been the form of Sadio Mane. The 29-year-old has only eight Premier League goals this season, averaging 0.27 per match. He scored 18 league goals a year ago. Added to that he's currently scoring with only 9.5 percent of his shots, which compares unfavourably with the most prolific marksmen who score between 20-30 percent of their goal attempts.
READ Chris Bascombe's report on Liverpool's Mane problem: How bad is his slump, what has caused it and what can they do about it
On the possibility of a shock tonight…
“Anfield without fans is not the same so we have a chance.”
On the centre back partnership of Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips…
“[Rhys] is doing well, really well in training. They have to work together and show how good they are.”
On the push for a spot in the top four…
“We have to win our games to keep up pressure on the other teams.”
Welcome to Anfield, where if the theme of the season is maintained Fraser Forster and Jannik Vestergaard are about to have stormers.— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) May 8, 2021
SOUTHAMPTON XI TO FACE LIVERPOOL: Forster, Walker-Peters, Vestergaard, Stephens, Bednarek, Tella, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Walcott, Redmond, Adams, Subs: Djenepo, Obafemi, Salisu, Diallo, Ramsay, N'Lundulu, Ferry, Jankewitz, McCarthy
Ralph Hasenhuttl also makes a brace of changes. Ben Forster comes in for Alex McCarthy in goal, with Theo Walcott replacing Liverpool loanee Takumi Minamino, who is isn’t allowed to face his parent club.
Jannik Vestergaard’s red card against Leicester last week was overturned so he starts this evening. And one big blow is that Danny Ings still isn’t fit to play. There were vague hopes the scorer of the only goal when these sides last met would be able to take part.
While all the talk is of Liverpool needing to win to keep their hopes of a Champions League place alive, Southampton also need a result as they are not mathematically safe from the dreaded drop. It’s very unlikely West Brom or Fulham will overtake them, but it would be nice to confirm a spot in next season’s Premier League sooner rather than later.
Here's the Liverpool side again.
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, R Williams, Robertson, Thiago Alcántara, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Jota, Mané, Subs: Firmino, Adrián, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, Woodburn, N Williams, Koumetio
So Klopp has made two changes to team that drew 1-1 at home to Newcastle. Roberto Firmino starting on the bench is the big news, Ozan Kabak also drops to the bench. In come Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.
The west London side are clearly Pep's bogey team...
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