Liverpool continued their unbeaten start to the campaign with a scrappy 2-1 win away at Southampton. Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were the scorers for the Reds, while former Red Danny Ings pulled one back for the Saints late on.
In a first half where Jurgen Klopp’s men were clearly feeling the effects of the Wednesday game, Southampton pushed hard for an opening goal and came close twice.
However, Liverpool keeper Adrian, who was a major doubt for this game, pulled off two very good saves.
Then right at the end of the first half, Mane produced a moment of magic by cutting inside and rifling a shot away from Angus Gunn into the back of the net.
The game was effectively won in the 71st minute, when Mane won the ball higher up the field and freed up Firmino, who took three touches before sliding his effort into the net.
Southampton got a goal back when Adrian tried to be funky and got his pass intercepted by Ings, with the interception then being directed into the back of the net. However, that turned out to be a consolation as Liverpool saw the game out.
Here’s how we rated Klopp’s men for this game:
Adrian - 6
Made some good saves in the first half to keep the score level, however the Spaniard made a horrendous mistake in the second half. It didn’t cost Liverpool in terms of the win though.
Trent Alexander-Arnold - 6
The right-back was quiet on the ball but he did well when asked to defend.
Joel Matip - 6
Had an underwhelming first half against Che Adams. But the former Cameroon international came back well after the break and looked commanding.
Virgil van Dijk - 7
The Dutchman had another good day on the field, where he defended whatever came his way and helped others too.
Andy Robertson - 7
Had an okay-ish first half but performed really well after the break. The Scotland international bombed forward and also came back to defend when required.
Georginio Wijnaldum - 6
Given the start in defensive midfield, Wijnaldum did well to shield the back line as much as he can. He was good on the ball as well. Was shifted to advanced midfield later on.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain - 7
Back in his normal midfield position, Chamberlain looked very good. He bossed the game at the start of the second half and worked hard without the ball. Subbed off later on.
James Milner - 5
Had to be stitched early on in the game, Milner wasn’t really at his best. He was a bit slow in pressing and very safe on the ball.
Mohamed Salah - 4
Had one of his quietest games where he wasn’t able to impact the game. Had one good chance but missed it. Subbed off.
Roberto Firmino - 7
Worked hard off the ball and took his goal well to kill the game off.
Sadio Mane - 8
Mane was the best player on the pitch. His goal right at the stroke of half-time was world class.
The Senegal international then won the ball high up the pitch to set up the Firmino goal in the second half.
(SUB) Fabinho - 5
Came on to add more steel and defensive shape to the midfield.
(SUB) Jordan Henderson - 5
Came on to add more energy in midfield and see the game off.
(SUB) Divock Origi - 5
Replaced Salah as Klopp wanted a physical presence in the forward line to see the game off and stretch the Southampton defence, if possible.
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