Southampton 0-0 Liverpool LIVE: Latest updates - visitors well on top at St Mary's
17 August 2019 14:17
Southampton vs Liverpool LIVE: Updates and score from St Mary’sSouthampton are looking to bounce back from a 3-0 opening weekend defeat to Burnley when they play host to LiverpoolThe Reds are on a high after following up a 4-1 win over Norwich by defeating Chelsea to secure the European Super CupLiverpool ran out 3-1 winners at St Mary’s last season, with Shane Long, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson on the scoresheetJurgen Klopp’s men will claim a joint-record 10th Premier League win on the spin if they take all three points today
3.27pm James Milner was forced off after a clash of heads with Ward-Prowse.He’s back on the pitch but sporting a bandage.Looks like he has had stitches. Dodgy clearance by Adrian that nearly hits Che Adams.3.21pm CLOSE! Saints so nearly in front from another Ward-Prowse corner that is met by Maya Yoshida.He gets over the top of it and heads down but Adrian gathers. Saints not afraid to take the game to visitors.
3.18 CLOSE! Che Adams heads at goal from a corner - just needed a touch from a red shirt and that was in.3.17pm Southampton are growing into the game and Che Adams gets in behind Matip but the ever-reliable Van Dijk is their to get his team-mate out of trouble.3.10pm There is so much space out there for Liverpool and it looks like a matter of time before they break the deadlock.That being said, Adrian has just struggled to clear a pass from Virgil van Dijk with James Ward-Prowse bearing down on him.3.06pm James Milner lets fly from distance but his effort is deflected into the arms of Angus Gunn.The Saints defence is looking shaky already and the visiting fans are clearly encouraged by their side's start as 'Allez, Allez, Allez' rings out around St Mary's.
3.02pm Quick start from the hosts but Liverpool break in the opening minute.Trent Alexander-Arnold looks for Roberto Firmino at the far post but Saints get it away.A sign of things to come perhaps.Alexander-Arnold has assets in all of his last five Premier League games.3pm We’re underway at St Mary’s.....2.55pm Just five minutes until we get underway at St Mary’s and the Liverpool players have looked sharp in the warm-up.Their tried legs and Southampton’s leaky defence means goals are almost a certainty here.Stay with us for all the goals as they go in.
2.38pm JURGEN KLOPP ON ADRIAN’S INJURY“We tested it this morning. Yesterday it was already better but still swollen. Now it’s good, so obviously not that serious."2.32pm Arsenal have gone above Liverpool and Manchester City for now and are on top of the Premier League after a 2-1 win over Burnley at the Emirates.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed the winner after Ashley Barnes canceled out Alexandre Lacazette’s opener.
2.30pm Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is demanding an ‘outrageous’ performance from his players today.“I think it’s a completely different opponent [to Burnley],” he said in the build-up.“We expect that Liverpool will have a little bit more possession than Burnley had against us.“Losing the ball is very dangerous against this opponent, especially in the centre where they have an unbelievable transition to their offensive line with very quick players in front.“We will have to be brave when we have the ball. In midweek you saw a few moments where they gave chances away to the opponent.“Last season they scored after 80 minutes. We had a very good start and a period in the game where we didn’t have ball possession, but you have to expect this against such an opponent.“Finally, I think we must have a very committed performance, an outrageous performance against the ball and with the ball.“We need to close the space for their quick attackers and, the few chances we get, we must be very clinical.”
2.15pm I’m often guilty of getting ahead of myself but is it ridiculous to suggest Liverpool can put some pressure on rivals Manchester City with a win here?Even this early in the season, victory will definitely get City thinking ahead of their game at home to Tottenham in tonight’s evening kick-off.They are undoubtedly huge favourites as they go in search of a record-equalling win.Saints, meanwhile, have not tasted victory since April 13.
2.05pm A surprise start for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against his former club and it’s the formidable front three we all expected.The biggest news, though, is that goalkeeper Adrian has been past fit.Joel Matip is in at centre-back and Joe Gomez, who started at right-back against Chelsea drops out.James Milner keeps his spot in midfield but there is no place for Fabinho.For the hosts, Jack Stephens and Danny Ings are casualties of their thumping by Burnley.
2.00pm CONFIRMED LINE UPSSouthampton: Gunn, Valery, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Hiojbjerg, Redmond, AdamsLiverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah Firmino1.55pm This fixture last year was one of the games of the season as Liverpool were given a scare before running out 3-1 winners - and today should be no different.Southampton’s dreadful defensive display in their 3-0 defeat at Burnley on the opening day will have the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino thinking they can fill their best at St Mary’s.However, tried legs are certain to play a part and Klopp’s side have look da bit vulnerable at the back themselves.The Liverpool boss has lost three games against them in all competitions - his highest number of losses to any club in his time in England.
1.50pm Thanks for joining Express Sport’s live coverage from St Mary’s. We’ll have the confirmed team news in around 10 minutes so stay tuned as we’ll be building up to action before kick-off at 3pm.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has a huge decision to make and might be tempted to rest some weary legs after a hectic start to the season.Will Sadio Mane come back into the starting line-up after his brace in Istanbul? Or will in-form Divock Origi keep his place?A win for Liverpool today would make it 11 Premier League victories on the bounce - a joint club record.