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Liverpool 1 Southampton 0

 


It looked like it was going to be one of those days again, when Jonjo Shelvey strike hit the post and Luis Suarez free-kick came back off the crossbar, Daniel Agger finally broke the deadlock when he headed in Glen Johnson's cross.

Southampton's main threat was always going to be Rickie Lambert and he went close with two speculative long-range efforts.

The score-line doesn't do justice to the game, this was a convincing victory for the redmen, but without killing teams like this off we are always leaving ourselves open to the breakaway goal, but Southampton rarely looked like breaking through the Reds solid rearguard.

This was our first to back-to-back league wins at Anfield since September 2011 which at least gives us hope that the team are slowly gelling and making progress.

Having seen Southampton striker Lambert fire a 25-yard shot wide, Glen Johnson went up the other end and sliced a near-post shot across the face of the goal from a Suarez cut back. Johnson's was a constant threat all game and the defender also had a left-foot shot saved after cutting inside.

Its not been a vintage campaign for Steven Gerrard this season who has come in for criticism from some quarters after scoring just once in the league so far this season, he may not be as clinical in front of goal but he is still intrinsic to how we play. His range of passing can still hurt the opposition and Gerrard went close when a 15-yard shot was cleared by Schneiderlin.

Gerrard set up fellow midfielder Jonjo Shelvey who smashed a thunderous shot only to see it come crashing back off a shuddering post as the home side's frustrations continued to mount. Suarez was in on goal after Saints centre-back Fonte failed to deal with a Pepe Reina pinpoint long range ball but visiting keeper Gazzaniga got a touch to put the ball out for a corner.

Suarez bent a free-kick against the crossbar which came out to Johnson who crossed for Agger to head the Reds in front. Jose Enrique, back to playing at left-back shot wide and had another powerful drive saved by Gazzaniga. Suarez also had a shot go wide, but more importantly the Uruguayan picked up his fifth yellow card and will be suspended for the game against West Ham.

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