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Summary

  1. Firmino stabs wide when clean through
  2. Austin misses Southampton's best chance
  3. Liverpool started day top of Premier League
  4. Injured Lallana missed out against former team

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By Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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Liverpool stay top

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

So Liverpool stay top of the league thanks to their previous goalscoring exploits this season but will feel that's a real missed chance in the title race.

Their level on points and goal difference with Manchester City after the Blues beat Crystal Palace 2-1 but ahead on goals scored.

FULL-TIME

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

But it comes to nothing. Saints hang on. Liverpool left ruing those misses.

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Seconds to go. Liverpool one last chance...

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Into stoppage time. Anyone want to claim this one?

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Inside the last five minutes here. Liverpool aren't giving up but Saints still look solid enough for a point.

Late drama? A Sturridge winner?

CHANCE!

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Firmino now brings a solid save from Forster with a curling effort after Coutinho's blocked shot falls to him on the edge of the area.

CHANCE!

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Yet another golden chance for Liverpool and yet another miss.

Sturridge stands one up to the back post, Clyne rises well and contrives to head wide.

Bit of a sitter and a brilliant chance for the former Saints man to win it.

Nathaniel Clyne
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SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

And here is the change. Daniel Sturridge enters the fray for Emre Can. Just over 10 mins to go - can he break the deadlock. 

Harrison Reed is also on for the hosts, replacing Hojbjerg.

YELLOW CARD

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Coutinho is booked after nipping Redmond's heels. A sign of frustration.

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Southampton still impressive in defence. First Van Dijk and then Romeu getting a foot in to break up Liverpool's flow.

Time for a change for the Reds yet?

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Jay Rodriguez is the second sub for the hosts as he replaces Charlie Austin.

Austin looks to be replaying that missed header as he trudges off - Saints' best chance so far.

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

No. It's another disappointing corner and Shane Long - who's just come on for the ineffectual Boufal - brings the ball clear.

He's outnumbered and outmuscled though and Liverpool soon regain possession.

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Milner is now charging forward down the left, playing more as a winger than a full-back and he wins another corner.

Can Liverpool improve their set piece delivery?

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

If Liverpool are kicking themselves about these missed chances, they're refusing to show it.

Emre Can now gallops down the left flank and wins a corner. Not much comes from the set piece but the visitors sense another chance is close.

CHANCE!

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

How has Firmino not scored?! Horrid miss.

Coutinho turns in space and slides in his fellow Brazilian with a lovely weighted pass. But Firmino prods it wide when it seemed easier to score. He was all of 10 yards out and Forster would've been helpless.

Roberto Firmino
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Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

This sums up Liverpool's day. A nice move at pace, a lovely dummy to put Emre Can free in space at the edge of the area but he drags his effort well wide.

Time for Daniel Sturridge?

YELLOW CARD

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Soares is the first man in Clattenburg's book as the right-back fells Coutinho. The Saints man had no other option but it's a clear booking.

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Signs of life after a tepid first half.

Will Saints get another chance? You'd fancy Liverpool will.

CHANCE!

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

And now Austin up the other end really should put Saints in front.

Cedric Soares overlaps on the right to float in a cross, Austin easily leaps over Clyne but heads wide.

Must score. Doesn't score.

Charlie Austin
Reuters

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

...devilish, whipping ball in from Coutinho and Charlie Austin of all people is back to glance the ball over his own bar and prevent Joel Matip nipping in to score.

Liverpool go close from the resulting corner too but van Dijk does enough in defence.

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Free-kick for Liverpool now on the right. That man Coutinho to take...

'First goal crucial'

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

David Pleat

Former Tottenham boss on 5 live Sport

It is very interesting because Southampton looked like they might be overwhelmed early on but then they got into the game and stopped the flow of the Liverpool inter-passing. The first goal will be so, so important in this game. It would open it up.

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Great ball out for Milner to find Clyne who links up with Mane down the right. But once again Bertrand is there, putting in a block to deny Liverpool.

They're not parking the bus but Saints remain stoic in defence.

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Liverpool instinctively flood forward at every opportunity when Saints give the ball away but it's those chances for Mane and Coutinho they'll be ruing at the moment.

Will they be left ruing them at the end of the game too? Saints holding firm for now.

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Fonte has hurt himself stretching to deny Coutinho. The Portuguese limps off for further treatment.

CHANCE!

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Here's the chance Liverpool have been waiting for and they wouldn't want it to fall to anyone else...

But Coutinho fluffs his lines when set free on goal by Firmino and Fonte comes across to block.

Big moment.

Philippe Coutinho
Reuters

Penalty appeal

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Well now...Emre Can chips the ball over the Southampton defence and Virgil van Dijk is caught the wrong side of Roberto Firmino.

The Saints defender pulls Firmino's shirt and the Brazilian takes a tumble. Looked outside the box but no foul given either. Firmino looks perplexed. Saints clear.

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

The teams have re-emerged at St Mary's and we're about to kick-off for the second half.

A goal would be nice. Let's see...

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

No surprises as Liverpool have had 60% of possession and most of the chances.

But the hosts won't be discouraged by that first half showing.

Boufal is looking a bit lost behind the strikers but if he can start to link up with Austin and Redmond then Saints can cause Liverpool problems.

They'll need to carry on keeping the Reds fabulous front three quiet though.

Big test for Liverpool

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

David Pleat

Former Tottenham boss on 5 live Sport

A good first half of football when you consider Liverpool have double the amount of points Southampton have. The Saints have fought back into this game and it has been much more equal towards the end of the half.

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

And that's your lot for the first half as Clattenburg barely waits for the minute of added time to call a halt to proceedings.

Two decent chances for Sadio Mane the highlight so far. Met with a brilliant Fraser Forster save and a superb Virgil van Dijk block though.

Saints resolute in defence. Liverpool dangerous but lacking that final killer touch.

HALF-TIME

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Wijnaldum is the latest Liverpool player to abandon the passing template and let fly.

His effort isn't far off but Forster more than comfortable to let it slide beyond the top left-hand corner.

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Clattenburg is happy to let plenty slide so far - this time it's Southampton crying foul as Jordan Henderson and Steven Davis tangle.

Nothing doing for Clattenburg though.

Nothing doing for Boufal either as he can't reach a through ball with Saints in a decent position.

'Saints coping with Mane'

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

David Pleat

Former Tottenham boss on 5 live Sport

Southampton players obviously know Mane, they know the pace he has got and what the defenders are doing is giving themselves an extra yard so when that ball is played over the top, Mane does not have that extra bit space. Southampton's defending is impressive.

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Maybe it's Southampton who will break the deadlock first... Charlie Austin is set free down the right by Redmond's rangey pass and shrugs off the challenge of Joel Matip.

The striker is left completely isolated by his teammates though and his cut back is easily cleared.

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Well prior to that Mane chance I was about to say the international break hangover was in evidence at St Mary's.

Van Dijk is certainly sharp enough though and he'll need to be all afternoon with Mane also looking dangerous.

Can Liverpool break through before the interval?

CHANCE!

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

All of a sudden Sadio Mane is through clear on goal and bearing down on Forster but a superb saving tackle from Virgil van Dijk denies his former teammate.

Corner to Liverpool. Saints clear.

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Terrible control from Romeu and Liverpool surge forward at pace. Mane once again free on the right but Soares does well with the cross to chest it to the waiting Forster.

He throws it straight to Clyne though but again Saints are let off the hook as they're awarded a free kick.

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Sadio Mane shoots Mark Clattenburg the death stare after he's felled on the turn and no foul is given.

It's decent hassle and harry from the hosts in defence but you get the feeling Liverpool could unleash any second.