The home team came from two goals down to turn it around against the in-form Reds at St Mary’s.
The big news from the start is that Roberto Firmino was ruled out with a hamstring injury, meaning he’d also miss Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers. Jurgen Klopp wants to assess him over the international break and hope the Brazilian would be back in time for the Europa League first leg quarter-final against Dortmund.
Divock Origi started upfront with Daniel Sturridge, while Jordan Henderson was also rested with Joe Allen coming in for him. The new-look attack reaped reward early with in-form Adam Lallana again making an impact, feeding Coutinho to open the scoring in the 16th minute.
Five minutes later the new duo struck, as Origi assisted Daniel Sturridge to make it 2-0 to Liverpool.
The visitors were totally cruising and Klopp seemed to underestimate Southampton’s threat somehow, which is strange when you consider how well they’ve been doing this year. The reason for this is that Klopp took off Dejan Lovren, who’s been in great form and brought in Martin Skrtel at the start of the second half.
Skrtel has been out with a long term injury and this was his first start since then. The Slovakian made an immediate impact, all for the wrong reasons, conceding a penalty after three minutes. Senegal striker Mane’s penalty was saved by Simon Mignolet.
Normally, this would knock the stuffing out of a team, but Southampton kept trying. With half an hour to go Benteke came on for Sturridge and Liverpool seemed to either drop down a gear or were tired from their midweek exertions against Manchester United.
Though, the culprits were those who were not extended against United. Was it rustiness? Mane pulled one back with an assist from Pelle.
Benteke had been guilty of many misses in the Premier League for Liverpool and missed a glorious opportunity when he fired wide, when it could’ve been 3-1. The Reds paid for that miss with eight minutes to go Pelle took a fine long range strike that beat Mignolet for the equalizer.
Just three minutes later Skrtel was guilty again, coming forward and messing up, leaving his defense exposed as Pelle fed Mane again for an easy goal that shockingly swung the game for the hosts. It was a type of calamitous mistakes you’d expect from the likes of Skrtel and even Mignolet, who’s poor clearance placed the team under pressure.