Early Premier League pacesetters Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the season as a Dejan Lovren goal gave Southampton victory at Anfield.

The Croat might have conceded a penalty for a challenge on Reds striker Daniel Sturridge in the first half.

But early in the second half he held off Daniel Agger to steer in a header from Adam Lallana's corner.

Liverpool struggled to create chances as the visitors easily held on for a second league win of the season.

Rodgers rues 'off day' for Liverpool

Saints had been the last team to beat Liverpool in the league - a 3-1 win at St Mary's in March - and the relative comfort with which they repeated the feat provided a reality check for the Merseyside club after a promising start to their campaign.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino had highlighted the importance of cutting off the supply to the prolific Sturridge - a scorer in his side's previous five games - and while the visitors were assisted by the absence of the Reds' injured Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, they stuck meticulously to their manager's plan.

Even so, Liverpool were the first to go close, Steven Gerrard's 25-yard free-kick being palmed wide by keeper Artur Boruc at full stretch.

And the home side gradually began to exert some pressure, with Reds forward Iago Aspas releasing Victor Moses, but left-back Luke Shaw intervened with a well-timed tackle as the former Chelsea man prepared to chip the on-rushing Boruc.

Analysis

"That has to be the best result yet since Mauricio Pochettino took over at Southampton. It is Southampton's third win in last 30 visits to Anfield and came after an accomplished display from them."

The hosts then thought they should have had a penalty when centre-back Lovren appeared to clip Sturridge in the area, before Moses went close when he nutmegged centre-back Jose Fonte, only to see his poked shot saved by Boruc.

But when Reds defender Agger gave the ball away early in the second half - a mistake that saw Lallana played in for an effort that keeper Simon Mignolet had to save - it signalled the start of some sloppy play by Liverpool.

The Reds needlessly conceded a corner and Lovren, who signed for the south coast club from Lyon in the summer, outmuscled Agger to nod Southampton in front.

It very nearly got worse for Liverpool when Shaw, helped by a couple of ricochets, broke through the home defence to produce an impressive save from Mignolet.

The Belgian keeper also kept out a follow-up effort when the ball rebounded off Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, then punched away the loose ball before Southampton's Steven Davis could get to it.

Pochettino praises 'amazing' performance

The visitors sat back more in the closing stages but comfortably protected their lead to secure a fifth league win in their past seven games against Liverpool, who will now be even more glad to welcome Uruguay striker Luis Suarez back at the end of his 10-game suspension for biting.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers:

"We were very subdued. Technically we were not very good and gave away a poor goal. It is one of the few poor days we have had.

"We just need to recover. We were not so good with the ball and technically nowhere near the level we have been at.

"Luis Suarez being available is a positive as he has now served his ban and we can bring someone as good as him back."

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino:

"We are very pleased - the effort the players put in was amazing. We were up against the leaders and I am delighted.

"Overall, we had an amazing game, especially in the second half. It's really good that one of our defenders got on the scoresheet.

"We are just thinking ahead to the next game and nothing else. I've been in football too many years to be carried away."

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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 0-1 Southampton FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Lovren 53

    Liverpool

    Substitutes

    Southampton

    Substitutes

    Ref: SwarbrickAtt: 44,755
    LIVERPOOL
    SOUTHAMPTON

    Possession

    • Liverpool 56%
    • Southampton 44%

    Attempts on target

    • Liverpool 5
    • Southampton 7

    Attempts off target

    • Liverpool 5
    • Southampton 5

    Corners

    • Liverpool 6
    • Southampton 6

    Fouls

    • Liverpool 6
    • Southampton 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:12 The game is over, as the referee blows the whistle.
    • 90:00+2:12 Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.
    • 90:00+2:10 Centre by Raheem Sterling.
    • 90:00+2:00 Luke Shaw makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+1:01 Victor Wanyama makes a clearance.
    • 89:34 Clearance by Jordan Henderson.
    • 88:27 Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
    • 88:16 Substitution Jay Rodriguez leaves the field to be replaced by Jack Cork.
    • 87:43 The referee blows for offside against Jay Rodriguez.
    • 87:23 Clearance made by Kolo Toure.
    • 86:08 Dejan Lovren manages to make a clearance.
    • 86:07 Clearance by Jose Fonte.
    • 86:06 Luis Alberto has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
    • 82:50 Shot by Steven Davis. Simon Mignolet catches the ball.
    • 82:48 Clearance by Mamadou Sakho.
    • 82:44 Clearance by Steven Gerrard.
    • 82:42 Corner from the left by-line taken by James Ward-Prowse.
    • 82:16 Raheem Sterling manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:14 The ball is swung over by Morgan Schneiderlin.
    • 81:49 Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Blocked by Jordan Henderson.
    • 80:18 Nathaniel Clyne receives a yellow card.
    • 80:18 Booking
    • 79:30 Clearance made by Kolo Toure.
    • 79:27 The ball is swung over by James Ward-Prowse.
    • 79:14 Clearance made by Jordan Henderson.
    • 79:11 Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse.
    • 78:44 Pablo Osvaldo takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Kolo Toure gets a block in.
    • 77:44 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot and cleared the goal.
    • 77:31 Short corner taken by Victor Moses from the left by-line.
    • 76:46 Clearance by Jose Fonte.
    • 76:45 Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross.
    • 75:19 Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:18 Substitution James Ward-Prowse is brought on as a substitute for Adam Lallana.
    • Correction - 74:05 Pablo Osvaldo is ruled offside.
    • 74:05 The assistant referee flags for offside against Luke Shaw.
    • 72:32 Dejan Lovren makes a clearance.
    • 71:31 Substitution Luis Alberto on for Martin Skrtel.
    • 71:05 Jose Fonte makes a clearance.
    • 70:28 Corner taken short by Pablo Osvaldo.
    • 69:54 Clearance by Dejan Lovren.
    • 69:49 Dejan Lovren makes a clearance.
    • 69:47 Victor Moses produces a cross.
    • 69:33 Morgan Schneiderlin makes a clearance.
    • 69:31 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line.
    • 68:05 Victor Wanyama manages to make a clearance.
    • 68:05 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line.
    • 67:39 Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.
    • 67:19 Clearance by Kolo Toure.
    • 67:17 Corner from the left by-line taken by Adam Lallana.
    • 66:50 Clearance made by Simon Mignolet.
    • Correction - 66:41 Luke Shaw takes a shot. Simon Mignolet parries the ball but the danger is not over.
    • 66:41 Shot by Luke Shaw.
    • 66:30 Clearance by Martin Skrtel.
    • 65:53 Substitution (Southampton) makes a substitution, with Steven Davis coming on for Rickie Lambert.
    • 64:16 Morgan Schneiderlin manages to make a clearance.
    • 64:11 Clearance by Victor Wanyama.
    • 64:00 Luke Shaw manages to make a clearance.
    • 63:58 Jordan Henderson crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 63:30 Raheem Sterling fouled by Dejan Lovren, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 62:10 Free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
    • 62:07 Leiva Lucas fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 61:29 Clearance by Luke Shaw.
    • 61:26 Raheem Sterling produces a cross.
    • 59:41 Clearance made by Mamadou Sakho.
    • 59:06 Steven Gerrard shoots direct from the free kick. Artur Boruc parries the ball away.
    • 58:07 Victor Moses fouled by Adam Lallana, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 57:41 Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Blocked by Jose Fonte.
    • 56:30 Substitution Daniel Agger goes off and Sanchez Jose Enrique comes on.
    • 55:03 Mamadou Sakho produces a cross.
    • 54:57 Dejan Lovren makes a clearance.
    • 54:56 Mamadou Sakho crosses the ball.
    • 54:17 Dejan Lovren makes a clearance.
    • 54:08 Pablo Osvaldo takes a shot. Simon Mignolet parries the effort to safety.
    • 52:56 Assist on the goal came from Adam Lallana.
    • 52:56 GOAL - Dejan LovrenLiverpool 0 - 1 Southampton Dejan Lovren scores a headed goal. Liverpool 0-1 Southampton.
    • 52:54 Corner from the left by-line taken by Adam Lallana.
    • 51:03 Artur Boruc restarts play with the free kick.
    • 50:34 Clearance made by Nathaniel Clyne.
    • 50:31 The referee blows for offside against Victor Moses.
    • 49:50 The ball is sent over by Mamadou Sakho.
    • 49:26 Clearance by Victor Wanyama.
    • 49:25 A cross is delivered by Daniel Sturridge.
    • 48:24 Free kick taken by Mamadou Sakho.
    • 48:24 Adam Lallana challenges Mamadou Sakho unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 48:04 Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:39 The assistant referee flags for offside against Rickie Lambert.
    • 47:23 Clearance made by Raheem Sterling.
    • 47:21 A cross is delivered by Adam Lallana.
    • 46:46 Adam Lallana takes a shot. Simon Mignolet parries the ball but the danger is not over.
    • 46:03 Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Simon Mignolet catches the ball.
    • 45:44 Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
    • 45:41 Adam Lallana crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 45:22 Mamadou Sakho concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Wanyama.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • 45:01 Substitution Raheem Sterling replaces Iago Aspas.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:16 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+0:09 Header by Daniel Sturridge goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 45:00+0:06 Centre by Steven Gerrard.
    • 44:56 Jose Fonte makes a clearance.
    • 44:54 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard.
    • 43:35 Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
    • 43:14 Adam Lallana is caught offside.
    • 42:54 Free kick taken by Victor Wanyama.
    • 42:34 Daniel Sturridge is caught offside.
    • 42:22 Jose Fonte restarts play with the free kick.
    • 42:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Moses on Adam Lallana.
    • 40:25 Clearance made by Nathaniel Clyne.
    • 40:20 Free kick taken by Morgan Schneiderlin.
    • 39:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Lallana by Steven Gerrard.
    • 38:33 Victor Wanyama takes the free kick.
    • 38:26 Unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama by Steven Gerrard results in a free kick.
    • 37:17 The ball is sent over by Pablo Osvaldo.
    • 36:32 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line.
    • 36:01 Victor Moses takes a shot. Artur Boruc parries the effort to safety.
    • 35:14 Daniel Sturridge takes a brilliant shot and cleared the goal.
    • 31:00 Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard.
    • 30:28 Victor Wanyama challenges Victor Moses unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • Correction - 29:43 Free kick taken by Jordan Henderson.
    • 29:43 Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.
    • 29:37 Foul by Jose Fonte on Steven Gerrard, free kick awarded.
    • 29:34 Clearance by Daniel Agger.
    • 29:31 The ball is swung over by Adam Lallana.
    • 29:29 Steven Gerrard makes a clearance.
    • 29:25 Corner taken by Adam Lallana.
    • 28:31 Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
    • 28:29 Centre by Nathaniel Clyne.
    • 27:42 Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
    • 27:17 The referee blows for offside.
    • 27:05 Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
    • 26:13 Pablo Osvaldo takes a shot and went wide right of the net.
    • 25:42 Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.
    • 25:41 Rickie Lambert takes a shot. Simon Mignolet catches the ball.
    • 25:39 The ball is swung over by Adam Lallana.
    • 25:33 Luke Shaw restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:08 Unfair challenge on Jay Rodriguez by Kolo Toure results in a free kick.
    • 24:17 Clearance made by Luke Shaw.
    • 23:52 Jose Fonte makes a clearance.
    • 22:47 Clearance by Victor Wanyama.
    • 22:45 Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
    • 22:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Agger by Pablo Osvaldo.
    • 22:00 Clearance by Kolo Toure.
    • 21:26 Clearance made by Morgan Schneiderlin.
    • 21:25 Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Gerrard.
    • 20:48 Steven Gerrard produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick. A parry by Artur Boruc prevents the goal.
    • 19:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Fonte on Iago Aspas.
    • 18:21 A cross is delivered by Rickie Lambert.
    • 18:05 Clearance by Leiva Lucas.
    • 18:02 The ball is swung over by Rickie Lambert.
    • 14:19 Rickie Lambert takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.
    • 13:51 Dejan Lovren manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:19 Centre by Nathaniel Clyne.
    • 12:33 Clearance made by Simon Mignolet.
    • 12:26 Clearance by Martin Skrtel.
    • 12:25 Adam Lallana produces a cross.
    • 10:34 Morgan Schneiderlin delivers the ball.
    • 10:17 Clearance by Kolo Toure.
    • 7:51 Jose Fonte makes a clearance.
    • 7:50 Jordan Henderson produces a cross.
    • 7:05 Dejan Lovren makes a clearance.
    • 5:30 Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
    • 5:05 Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
    • 4:39 Shot by Leiva Lucas. Artur Boruc catches the ball.
    • 4:36 Clearance by Luke Shaw.
    • 4:34 The ball is delivered by Jordan Henderson.
    • 4:23 Jordan Henderson manages to make a clearance.
    • 4:18 Adam Lallana crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 3:34 Unfair challenge on Nathaniel Clyne by Victor Moses results in a free kick.
    • 3:15 Free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
    • 3:01 Clearance by Martin Skrtel.
    • 2:59 The official flags Rickie Lambert offside.
    • 2:39 Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Artur Boruc catches the ball.
    • 2:03 Adam Lallana has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.
    • 2:02 Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
    • 1:17 Clearance made by Victor Wanyama.
    • 1:14 Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
    • 0:47 Iago Aspas fouled by Victor Wanyama, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 0:17 Mamadou Sakho makes a clearance.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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