Highlights: Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

By on 5th January 2021

Whilst both sides made three changes to their starting XI from their previous Premier League encounters, it was Southampton who managed to come out on top against Liverpool.

The hosts were forced into making a change in the goalkeeping department as Alex McCarthy was ruled out, thus providing Fraser Forster the chance to play in his first English top-flight match since May 2019.

However, it was star forward Danny Ings who made the difference as he managed to get the better of his former club and score the only goal of the game in the second minute when he executed a superb lob over Alisson Becker.

The victory left Saints manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, in tears and on his knees at the final whistle as he described the night as being “perfect”; a feeling those using new betting sites would have had if they predicted that Southampton would come away with the three points.

He told BBC Sport: “There were tears in my eyes – because of the wind! When you see our guys fighting with everything they have it makes me really proud. You need to have the perfect game against Liverpool and I think we did have that.

“It felt like we were under massive pressure and the defending around the box was the key today – and then we still tried to play football. We did it in a good way. It was an intense game; my voice is nearly gone. The guys are tired, you have to be to win against such a team. The guys believed in what they were doing. It’s a perfect evening.”

Klopp was forced to make changes to his own line-up, which included in defence, however it was Trent Alexander-Arnold’s performance that was highly disappointing.

The right-back had a poor showing and lost the ball 38 times before being replaced late on in the second half.

Klopp told Sky Sports after the game: “The slow start cost us, that made life massively difficult tonight. All these things can happen, we are human beings. As great as the set-piece was [for Ings’ goal] we knew they could do it and the player there who was there missed the ball, and then the next one was a great finish. We could have defended it.

“With the situations we had, the possession we had, the way we played, we should have worked Fraser Forster much more. He should have had much more to do with the game but that’s the situation we put ourselves in.

“This was a rather rusty moment; we have to admit that. You can only solve a problem if you know the problem, and we are not blind to our problems. We have to fight and play through this, it’s up to us to change that.”

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