Liverpool vs. Southampton result, highlights and analysis as Darwin Nunez double downs Saints

ANFIELD, LIVERPOOL — Liverpool signed off for the World Cup break with a win as they beat Southampton 3-1 in Nathan Jones’ first game in charge of Saints.

The Reds took a sixth-minute lead when Roberto Firmino headed in a free-kick but were quickly pegged back when Che Adams netted in similar fashion.

However, Saints’ hopes of pulling off an Anfield smash-and-grab on their new manager’s debut did not last long, with Darwin Nunez twice getting on the scoresheet before the break.

And that is how it ended despite a spirited second-half performance from the visitors, who slipped into the bottom three with defeat.

MORE: Liverpool vs. Derby County result, highlights and analysis as Kelleher penalty heroics earn win

Liverpool vs. Southampton result

  1H 2H Final
Liverpool 3 0 3
Southampton  1 0 1

Goals:
LIV: Firmino (6th min)
SOU: Adams (9th min)
LIV: Nunez (21st min)
LIV: Nunez (42nd min)

Darwin’s evolution continuing apace

The early-season discussion around Darwin Nunez has been that he brings unpredictability and chaos to Liverpool’s front line.

However, today’s performance looked suspiciously like that of a complete centre-forward.

As well as grabbing two important goals, the Uruguayan played some wonderfully deft passes in build-up and bullied Southampton’s backline throughout.

That he is only likely to get even better in the second half of the season should excite every Reds fan.

Alisson heroics make for comfortable win

You could be forgiven for seeing today’s 3-1 scoreline and believing that Liverpool enjoyed a routine afternoon at Anfield.

But this was anything but a straightforward game for the Reds, who were left hanging on somewhat following an impressive second-half showing from Southampton.

Jones’ side carved out enough chances in that second period to turn the score completely on its head, but they just couldn’t do the most important thing: beat Alisson Becker.

Liverpool’s goalkeeper was practically unbeatable today and, should he show this sort of form at the World Cup, it is hard to see beyond Brazil for the title.

MORE: Brazil World Cup squad snubs: Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, Arsenal’s Gabriel among star players left out

January midfield boost a must

That Alisson was so busy in the latter stages of this game perhaps shows that there are still some issues for Jurgen Klopp to solve.

The most obvious of those is that his midfield is still struggling to control games on a regular basis, and so sustaining attacks or preventing opposition counters are both proving troublesome.

Jordan Henderson may have been absent here but there is an argument that Klopp had his first-choice midfield on the field anyway.

As such, it seems obvious that if the German wants things to improve in the engine room for the second half of the season, he must dip into the January market to strengthen that position.

Liverpool vs. Southampton as it happened, highlights

FULLTIME: All over at Anfield and Liverpool head into the World Cup break looking in far better shape in terms of their top-four hopes. 

As for Southampton, they drop into the bottom three and need a big second half of this interrupted season.

90th min: Che Adams leaps for a bouncing ball in the Liverpool box but Van Dijk is in control and nods back into the hands of Alisson.

85th min: Anfield not quite as loud as you’d expect in these final stages with the visitors doing all the pushing for a goal that would tee up a thrilling end to the game.

77th min: Southampton so nearly get the goal they carve!

Maitland-Niles swings in an inch-perfect cross and Adams’ header looks goalbound until Alisson gets a strong hand out to palm it away.

73rd min: Liverpool’s lead might look comfortable on paper but Southampton have had chances and a goal here would make for a nervous finish.

64th min: Three huge chances in quick succession!

The first sees Alisson deny Elyounoussi at close range before Salah is muscled off a one-on-one by Bella-Kotchap at the other end.

Then, Alisson again comes to Liverpool’s rescue with a stop from Edozie after he had been played in behind.

58th min: A triple sub for Southampton with Walcott, Maitland-Niles and Edozie coming on for the two Armstrongs and Caleta-Car.

52nd min: Liverpool controlling things here – have they largely have done since the Southampton equaliser.

46th min: Back under way here as Liverpool get the game restarted.

HALFTIME: The whistle sounds at Anfield and Liverpool take a 3-1 lead into the break. 

Darwin Nunez has had one of his best games in a red shirt so far and the hosts deserve their advantage.

42nd min: GOAL! Nunez at the double for Liverpool.

Another simple finish for the Uruguayan, who slides in to finish off a low Robertson cross after Firmino plays him in down the left-hand side.

(USA only)

30th min: Bazunu saves Southampton again!

The Irishman springs into action to deny Firmino, who was fed by an inventive flick from Nunez after yet more good play from Liverpool.

21st min: GOAL! Another goal for Liverpool and it’s Nunez who gets it.

The Uruguayan bends his run before latching onto an Elliott dink in behind and coolly passing it beyond Bazunu. He is really hitting form now for the Reds.

(USA only)

16th min: Liverpool almost get themselves back in front.

Nunez gets away down the left and sends a perfect low cross into Salah’s path at the back stick but Bazunu is down to make a wonderful save. 

9th min: GOAL! An immediate response from the visitors!

Ward-Prowse puts in a typically excellent inswinging free-kick from the Southampton left and sets up Adams for a simple header past Alisson.

(USA only)

6th min: GOAL! Liverpool take an early lead as Firmino heads in.

It’s not the most powerful header you’ll ever see but the Brazilian places it brilliantly into the far corner from a Robertson free-kick delivery.

(Australia only)

(USA only)

KICKOFF: Southampton get the game under way.

30 mins to KO: A shock result in today’s early kick-off, with Manchester City losing 2-1 to Brentford at the Etihad. Usually that would be useful to Liverpool in terms of the title race, but their aims are slightly different this season.

1 hour to KO: Liverpool hit with yet more injury woe ahead of this one as Ibrahima Konate, Jordan Henderson, Calvin Ramsay and Curtis Jones drop out of the squad entirely.

1 hour 30 mins to KO: Not long until we get a glimpse of Nathan Jones’ first team in charge of Southampton.

Will he stick with the back five that served him so well at Luton? Or mix things up with a different squad at his disposal?

2 hours to KO: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Liverpool vs. Southampton in the Premier League.

With the World Cup break looming, the hosts will be desperate for a win that could set them up for an assault on the top four in the second half of the season. As for the Saints, they are out to impress new boss Nathan Jones, who is taking charge for the first time.

Why is Jurgen Klopp not on the touchline?

Jurgen Klopp will not be in the dugout as Liverpool take on Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

The German is serving a one-match touchline ban after being sent off in his side’s 1-0 win over Manchester City last month.

Klopp had initially been handed only a fine but has received a harsher punishment following an FA appeal.

What time is Liverpool vs. Southampton?

Liverpool play host to Southampton at Anfield in Liverpool, England. It kicks off at 3pm GMT (10am ET) on Saturday, November 12.

  UK USA Canada Australia
Date Sat, November 12 Sat, November 12 Sat, November 12 Sun, November 13
Time 15:00 GMT 10:00 ET 10:00 ET 02:00 AEDT

Liverpool vs. Southampton live stream, TV channel

  UK USA Canada Australia
TV channel Sky Sports Universo, USA Network
Stream Sky Go/Now TV USA Network, NBC Sports, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Universo Now fuboTV Optus Sport

UK: The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports and is available to stream via Sky GO or NOW TV.

USA: The match will be available via USA Network and NBC (in English). Spanish-speaking viewers can watch on Universo, or stream through Universo NOW and Telemundo.

Canada: Every Premier League game streams live and on demand exclusively via fuboTV.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live and on demand on Optus Sport. 

Liverpool vs. Southampton lineups

Liverpool make 10 changes from their midweek EFL Cup win over Derby County, but are without two big hitters on their return to Premier League action.

Ibrahima Konate misses out with a minor injury, while Jordan Henderson is absent for personal reasons. Curtis Jones and Calvin Ramsay are notable absentees from the bench.

Liverpool lineup (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) — Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson — Fabinho, Milner, Thiago — Firmino, Salah, Nunez

Subs: Adrian, Kelleher, Tsimikas, Milner, Phillips, Bajcetic, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carvalho, Doak

Nathan Jones appears to stick with Southampton’s 4-2-3-1 in his first selection as a Premier League manager.

Adam Armstrong benefits in earning a rare start up top, with the Saints clearly look to hurt Liverpool with pace on the counter.

Southampton lineup (4-2-3-1): Bazunu (GK) — Bella-Kotchap, Caleta-Car, Salisu, Perraud — Lavia, Ward-Prowse — S. Armstrong, Adams, Elyounoussi — A. Armstrong

MORE: Champions League draw last 16: PSG land Bayern Munich as Liverpool face Real Madrid in knockouts

Liverpool vs. Southampton betting odds, prediction

Liverpool produced a performance more closely resembling their recent title-challenging campaigns in their 2-1 win at Tottenham last time out and are overwhelming favourites to earn a 10th win in 11 games against Southampton.

The visitors’ long odds to win could be tempting in light of Liverpool’s current curious run of three successive defeats when they have played against teams in the Premier League relegation zone. Although Saints have only won once in nine league games, two of their three top-flight wins this season have been away from home and they could be boosted by their new manager.

Our prediction, however, is a 2-0 win for Liverpool, condemning Southampton to the relegation zone at Christmas for the first time since the 2004-05 season. Mohamed Salah can claim his 100th goal or assist at Anfield for Liverpool – the Egypt superstar currently has 70 goals and 29 assists.

  UK
(Sky Bet)
USA
(BetMGM)
Canada
(Sports Interaction)
Australia
(Ladbrokes)
Liverpool win 1/5 -417 1.22 1.24
Draw 11/2 +550 6.34 5.80
Southampton win 19/2 +1000 10.00 11.50
Over 2.5 goals 2/5 -256 1.42 1.44
Both teams to score 4/5 -125 1.81 1.85

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *