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Liverpool 0 Vs Southamption 1

 

I think some people on the Kop needed reminded we are still building and the booing again showed we have a few no-marks supports, who haven’t got a clue about football.

If unexpected, Southampton's victory was certainly not undeserved. The visitors were stronger, more inventive side throughout, and but for some goalkeeping heroics from Simon Mignolet, the Saints could have won even more convincingly, the Reds just weren’t at it today.

I must admit I was worried when Pepe left the club in the summer, but Mignolet's shot-stopping has been a significant part of our climb to the top of the table.

We had an opportunity to snatch a point at the death, when Sturridge played a pass over the Saints defence for Sterling to run clear on goal, but the substitute first touch was woeful and he practically passed the ball to the Saints keeper.

The first half only came to life when the Saints keeper saved a Steven Gerrard free-kick that was heading for the top corner. Saints defender Lovren was lucky to get away with a challenge on Sturridge that looked like a penalty, and Boruc saved again from Victor Moses, but in terms of goalmouth action that was it for the first half.

I have to say, I was impressed with Southampton, especially their work down the right. They were not afraid to come forward and threaten, though their attacks tended snuffed out by the Reds four centre-halves. Rickie Lambert might be having a good season but, the Reds backline read his game well. Kolo Touré was playing at right-back in the absence of the injured Glen Johnson, and Mamadou Sakho found himself pressed into service at left back.

With José Enrique available but relegated to the bench, Touré managed to get up in support of the attack, whereas Sakho stayed back which left the Reds bereft of any outlet on the left.

Mignolet was called upon to save from Lallana at the opening of the second half, though only because the goalkeeper's attempt at a dribble on the edge of his area had got him into trouble. Rodgers values goalkeepers who can use their feet well, the Kop are still debating whether Mignolet is a player who can do that, time will tell.

The Belgian was certainly well beaten when Southampton took the lead from a Lallana corner, needlessly given away through a mix-up between Touré and Martin Skrtel on the Liverpool right. Lovren lost Daniel Agger and produced an unorthodox but firm header, so much so that Gerrard, standing at the near post, could not reach the attempt in time to clear. Four centre-halves and we concede a set piece!

Standing in the Soli after the game watching the managers being interviewed , Rogers stated "The only positive from today is that Luis's suspension is over," enough said really.

 

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