Four centre-backs but no points as Liverpool lose to Southampton

Liverpool 0 - 1 Southampton

  • 53" Dejan Lovren

Ref: Neil Swarbrick
Attendance: 44,755

Liverpool Anfield Road Paisley Gateway 2

Liverpool crashed to their first league defeat of the season, losing 1-0 at home to Southampton this afternoon.

Brendan Rodgers sprang something of a surprise by fielding a defence comprised of four players more commonly used as centre-backs in Liverpool's shock defeat to Southampton.  And yet it was another defender - the Saints' Dejan Lovren - who stole both the headlines and the three points with the only goal of the game.

The summer signing headed in a corner in the 53rd minute, and the away side were fairly comfortable in the face of a less than convincing performance from the Reds.

Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel failed to see the match through, as Rodgers brought on natural left-back Jose Enrique just short of the hour mark.  But a change of personnel - with Raheem Sterling and Luis Alberto also brought on in the second half - failed to change the score.

The results means Liverpool have dropped five points from a possible six, and while they remain top of the league for now, they could lose that position as early as this evening should Chelsea win against Fulham.

 

Statistics

Liverpool

Southampton

Possession

55.2%
44.8%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Liverpool

  • Simon Mignolet
  • Daniel Agger
  • Mamadou Sakho
  • Kolo Touré
  • Martin Skrtel
  • Lucas Leiva
  • Iago Aspas
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Victor Moses
  • Daniel Sturridge

Substitutes

  • José Enrique
  • Luis Alberto
  • Martin Kelly
  • Bradley Jones
  • Raheem Sterling
  • Jordon Ibe
  • Andre Wisdom

Southampton

  • Artur Boruc
  • Nathaniel Clyne
  • Jose Fonte
  • Luke Shaw
  • Dejan Lovren
  • Adam Lallana
  • Victor Wanyama
  • Jay Rodriguez
  • Pablo Osvaldo
  • Morgan Schneiderlin
  • Rickie Lambert

Substitutes

  • Jack Cork
  • Gastón Ramírez
  • Steven Davis
  • Jos Hooiveld
  • Kelvin Davis
  • Calum Chambers
  • James Ward-Prowse

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