For the millions who tune in at home, it was a mistake between watching the Prime Minister or experiencing some lovable and exhausting side of Southampton, the champions fell in style. Liverpool have been beaten in the league for a second time this season, but Jurgen Klopp spent much of that riveting competition settled after 112 seconds by a nonchalant goal from Danny Ings, going with the self-control of Basil Fawlty on the technical side and above out up and down.
For Liverpool the painful reality is that they have lost more points in 17 games this season than in all of last season. It took until age 75. Minute until the non-colored visitors, courtesy of Sadio Mané, scored their only shot on goal, but Southampton rightly enjoyed the win. The win puts them in sixth place and four points separate the first seven.
At the final whistle, Ralph Hasenhüttl fell on his knees and was visibly suffocated. « It’s the first time I’ve scored points against Jürgen, » said Hasenhüttl. « I joked with him at the managers ‘meeting a month or two ago and said,’ Maybe I might have a chance to score a point against you. It was a special performance and a perfect evening. ”
If Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson – half of an unorthodox center-back alongside Fabinho – hadn’t left the line six minutes before the end, substitute Yan Valery Southampton would have spared an exciting finish. Stuart Armstrong and then Jan Bednarek tossed their bodies at the ball as sacrifices, and by the time Ings retired late he was usually selfless, throwing himself halfway into a diving block as if he were the last man.
Liverpool were saddened not to have received a penalty when Georginio Wijnaldum’s shot appeared to hit the arms of Southampton defender Jack Stephens, but Klopp realized his team was putting on another performance. They haven’t scored in their last two games and have three games without a win after drawing three against West Brom and Newcastle. « We’re worried about it, » said Klopp. “We know the situation. We are not stupid. ”
Klopp’s admiration for Ings is well documented, but perhaps the greatest compliment was what awaited him here in the form of the Liverpool manager line-up.
The Liverpool team sheet was practically a game of Spot the Defender, and although it was an unusual center-back pairing, Klopp pointed to Henderson’s telepathic relationship with Fabinho, albeit « a few yards from » the Liverpool sidelines and persisted in his argument that he would take full responsibility if his captain were to lose his position.
Klopp was happy to bear the brunt of any criticism for his selection, but not for a lukewarm performance. He got ballistic when Andy Robertson got booked and furious after Liverpool fell back on the scoreboard, less than two minutes behind.
James Ward-Prowse threw a free kick behind Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was caught watching the ball, and Ings exquisitely threw Alisson out of the corner. Thiago Alcântara was booked a minute later and Klopp was raging. « Wake up, » he yelled. If it wasn’t Klopp, it was Hasenhüttl; None of the managers needed a megaphone to make themselves heard.
Liverpool in its mint camo was noticeable for its absence during a hectic first half where they puffed and puffed and Fraser Forster didn’t test. As the goalkeeper, who first appeared at St. Mary’s appeared, finally came into play, the assistant referee showed Mohamed Salah offside. Salah passed just before the break after hitting Mané’s cross, but the truth is that Southampton should have come down the tunnel with a greater advantage.
Nathan Tella, a substitute for injured Moussa Djenepo in the first half, threw a shot out of bounds and Henderson had to be vigilant to snag the ball after Ward-Prowse brilliantly freed Ings again. There have been consistently outstanding performances, from Kyle Walker-Peters to Ibrahima Diallo.
When the fourth official, Stuart Attwell, signaled a four-minute break in the first half, Liverpool longed for the whistle. « If you play like we do tonight, you play with fire, » said Klopp.
Klopp waited until 10 minutes after the break to tweak things and introduced Xherdan Shaqiri in place of former Southampton midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but made his feelings known at break.
Alexander-Arnold drove forward on purpose, but his flank remained unfulfilled and shortly after Wijnaldum hit the gate. His shot appeared to hit the arm of Southampton defender Stephens, but video assistant referee Andy Madley saw it differently. Liverpool’s deputy manager Pepijn Lijnders described this as an « unbelievable » decision as Klopp accused Attwell.
Stephens was lucky enough, but his block of denying another former saint, Mané, moments later was great. It was this kind of thoroughbred enthusiasm that embodied a bold Southampton display.
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