Jamie Carragher picks out Liverpool's two 'excellent' players against Southampton

Martin Skrtel

Former Liverpool defender was particularly impressed with Jordon Ibe and Martin Skrtel.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has hailed Liverpool's impressive 2-0 win over Southampton but admitted they rode their luck.

The Saints had three penalty appeals, with the pundit suggesting he felt they should have had one of them. He also picked out two Liverpool players he felt were key to them pulling off a crucial result in the battle for a top four place.


Skrtel's performance in defence was a continuation of the superb form he has shown throughout 2015, dominant in the air and putting his body on the line.

The Slovakian won twice as many aerial duels as Dejan Lovren, while the summer signing did not make a single block.

  Won TacklesInterceptions WonAerial Duels WonAccurate CrossesShots BlockedTotalMins Played
Martin Skrtel 0 3 6 0 3 12 90
Dejan Lovren 2 4 3 0 0 9 90

The second player picked out by Carragher was teenager Jordon Ibe, who has not put a foot wrong since coming into the side after he was recalled from his loan at Championship side Derby County.

Statistically it was not a particularly eye-catching display from the teenager, who didn't create a single chance and made only five passes in the final third.

  Key PassesDribblesSuccessful Final Third PassesMins Played
Jordon Ibe 0 3 5 75

This was not a game however in which Liverpool enjoyed a lot of the ball, limited to just 39 per cent of possession by a confident Southampton side.

Instead it was Ibe's chance to show he could play a role in a team being asked to stand firm and not be caught out from a tactical point of view, and in this regard it was a test in which he passed with flying colours.

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