Liverpool lost their second match of the 2020/2021 season as a passionate Southampton side beat them 1-0 at St. Mary’s Stadium.
And with the Reds jointly top of the table with Manchester United and leading on goal difference, they have given the Red Devils a chance to go up three points if they beat Burnley next week.
And it all got off to the worst possible start for Liverpool when they conceded after just 1 minute and 51 seconds which was Ings’ fastest goal in the top flight and came because of a clumsy foul and a lack of organisation at the back.
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Thiago Alcantara, making his first start since October, had a frustrating night and gave away a free kick which James Ward-Prowse floated into the box.
Trent Alexander-Arnold failed to clear and Ings somehow managed to lob Liverpool keeper Alisson with an exquisite cross shot into the far corner.
In this match, Southampton had the better chances. Substitute Nathan Tella curled an effort just wide from the edge of the box after Liverpool’s makeshift defence parted like the Red Sea, albeit dressed in peppermint green shirts.
Liverpool came out for the second half with a new purpose and energy as they pinned Southampton back. It was as if the home side were camped on the edge of their own box, manning the barricades defending wave after wave of attacks.
Georginio Wijnaldum’s shot hit Saints defender Jack Stephens on the arm but referee Andre Marriner and the VAR were having none of it. It looked a penalty but it feels like not even the officials are sure anymore.
Stephens then made a heroic block to stop Mane getting a shot on goal which just about typified Southampton’s brave rearguard action which held firm right until the bitter end.