Premier League

Liverpool 1-1 Southampton

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Sadio Mane scores
Sadio Mane (centre) was at the right place at the right time

Sadio Mane's late equaliser for Southampton denied Jurgen Klopp his first victory as Liverpool manager.

The home side dominated possession at Anfield and took the lead when Christian Benteke headed in James Milner's cross from the right.

But with four minutes left, Mane bundled in when Gaston Ramirez's header across goal was palmed by keeper Simon Mignolet into the body of the forward.

Mane was then sent off in stoppage time after picking up two late yellows.

The draw moves the Saints up to eighth, with Liverpool up to ninth and level on 14 points.

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Played three, drawn three. Klopp has laid the foundations of how he wants his side to play, but does he have right equipment to emulate his achievements at Borussia Dortmund?

The Reds have appeared to become, in such a short space of time, a team that is hard to defeat.

The energy spent by the hunting packs in closing down space when Southampton had the ball was impressive. Known as a form of gegenpressing - immediate closing down of counter-attacks - the Reds enjoyed over 60% possession and limited the Saints to just three efforts on target.

But on the flip side Klopp does not appear to have the necessary attacking players to make that possession count in the opposition's third.

Liverpool barely threatened as an attacking force and prior to Benteke's goal they managed just one effort on target.

Liverpool v Southampton
As the graphic shows Liverpool had the lion's share of the possession at Anfield

Origi and out?

How Liverpool could do with forwards like Mane and Graziano Pelle, who now have 13 goals between them in all competitions this season.

Klopp - his options limited by injuries to Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge - opted to start with Divock Origi as his lone frontman. After a poor display, it is now three matches and no goals for the Belgium international under Klopp.

The disparity in performance between the Reds forward, who was replaced by Benteke at half-time, and Pelle was stark.

The Saints frontman was the busier of the two despite his side having less possession than the opposition, while Origi managed 10 touches in his 45 minutes - the fewest of any player on the field.

Divock Origi and Graziano Pelle heatmap
Divock Origi (left) and Graziano Pelle heatmap

What they said

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp:

"Of course this moment is not the best moment in the week because we wasted a lot of energy.

"Southampton haven't lost away from home so we had to work hard. You score the goal and you want to win, but it didn't happen tonight.

"Football is not a fairytale. Sometimes we write stories like this but it doesn't happen. You see these guys can play football, are technically strong and physically strong but you saw how big the disappointment was.

"It's only a goal, only a game of football. It's like it's the last thing in your life and we have to calm this down."

Read more of Klopp's thoughts on the game

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman on BBC Sport:

"We deserved at least one point but honestly it was not our best performance but we had a good reaction after going down to a great goal from Benteke.

Koeman pleased with Saints spirit

"Our defensive organisation is good, it is difficult to create chances against us.

"Teams like Liverpool, if they have a change in management, there is always a change in expectation. I know that, I have played for big teams and I know the expectation on the manager of Liverpool is always bigger than that of Southampton."

Man of the match - Virgil van Dijk (Southampton)

Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk - a defender? He had the most passes - 42 - and almost scored his third goal for the Saints, when his header was clawed off the line by Simon Mignolet

The stats you need to know

  • Liverpool have drawn four of their last five league games (W1, D4).
  • Their 3-2 win over Aston Villa is the only league fixture in which they have scored more than one goal this season.
  • The Reds have scored just nine league goals this season. Only West Brom (8) and Watford (8) have scored fewer.
  • Southampton are unbeaten away from home in this season's Premier League (W1, D4).
  • No player has scored more headed goals in the Premier League since 2013-14 than Christian Benteke (14, level with Arsenal's Olivier Giroud).

What next?

Liverpool have a League Cup encounter against Bournemouth midweek before they travel to Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho's side in turmoil. The Saints on the other hand face Aston Villa, who are without a manager, in the cup and then host the Cherries next week in the battle of the south coast.



Formation 4-3-2-1

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Clyne
  • 37Skrtel
  • 17Sakho
  • 18Moreno
  • 7MilnerBooked at 85mins
  • 21Leiva
  • 23Can
  • 20LallanaSubstituted forFirminoat 67'minutes
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forIbeat 83'minutes
  • 27OrigiSubstituted forBentekeat 45'minutes


  • 4K Touré
  • 9Benteke
  • 11Firmino
  • 24Allen
  • 33Ibe
  • 34Bogdan
  • 56Randall


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 6José Fonte
  • 17van Dijk
  • 21Bertrand
  • 4ClasieSubstituted forJuanmiat 76'minutes
  • 12Wanyama
  • 8DavisSubstituted forRamírezat 80'minutes
  • 10ManéBooked at 90mins
  • 11TadicSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 64'minutes
  • 19Pellè


  • 1Davis
  • 3Yoshida
  • 14Romeu
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 20Juanmi
  • 23Ramírez
  • 26Caulker
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Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamSouthampton
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Liverpool 1, Southampton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Liverpool 1, Southampton 1.

  3. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Sadio Mané (Southampton) for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Sadio Mané (Southampton).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Cédric Soares.

  7. Booking

    Sadio Mané (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Sadio Mané (Southampton).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Cédric Soares.

  11. Post update

    Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Liverpool 1, Southampton 1. Sadio Mané (Southampton) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gastón Ramírez with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

  14. Booking

    James Milner (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by James Milner (Liverpool).

  16. Post update

    Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

  18. Post update

    Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Cédric Soares.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Jordon Ibe replaces Philippe Coutinho.

As It Stood

1Man City107122481622
3West Ham106222213920
4Man Utd10622158720
7Crystal Palace105051211115
10West Brom10424811-314
20Aston Villa10118917-84
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