Southampton were edged out 2-1 by Liverpool at St Mary’s on a competitive but ultimately disappointing Saturday afternoon.
Che Adams and Maya Yoshida had great headed chances with the score at 0-0 which went over and saved respectively.
Saints were the better side for much of the first-half so could count themselves unlucky to go into the break behind after an injury-time opener.
Sadio Mane came back to haunt his old club with an arrowed finish from just outside the box which fired into the top corner.
Liverpool then came out and controlled the opening 20 minutes of the second-period with Roberto Firmino missing a great chance from the centre of the box.
Firmino did then double the visitor’s lead after Mane nicked possession after sloppy play at the back before Firmino dribbled along the edge of the box and struck the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
Saints were then given some hope after Danny Ings closed down Adrian who passed to ball into the striker’s path before the ball rebounded into the back of the net.
Ings then missed a glorious chance to equalise thanks to a brilliant ball in from Yan Valery but the former Liverpool player failed to make sufficient contact with the ball right in front of the goal.
Here’s how we rated the Southampton players:
Angus Gunn: 8
A much better display from Gunn today as he kept the score down at an important stage of the game. Made good saves to deny Salah, Mane and Robertson respectively.
Yan Valery: 7
Looked slightly suspect at the back but put some great balls into the box, two of which almost led to an own goal and an Ings equaliser.
Jan Bednarek: 6
His sloppy touch allowed Mane to win possession which led to the second goal but did make an excellent challenge to prevent Firmino from getting a shot away.
Maya Yoshida: 6
Good in the air in both boxes as he headed away from numerous corners and forced a decent save from Adrian courtesy of a Saints corner.
Jannik Vestergaard: 6
A more composed performance from Vestergaard and seemed to put the Burnley disaster behind him.
Ryan Bertrand: 6
Bertrand made some good runs down the left but lacked the final ball to really trouble the Liverpool defence.
James Ward-Prowse: 7
A solid performance from Prowsey whose excellent corner was almost converted into a goal by Yoshida. He also put plenty of pressure on the Liverpool side and didn’t allow them too much time on the ball.
Oriol Romeu: 7
Romeu also impressed as he looked much better with the ball than usual, most notably a brilliant ball in which was headed over by Adams. The midfielder had to deal with being unfairly booked in the first half and was substituted as a result.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg: 7
His aggression and bite in midfield was definitely missed against Burnley as he completed the very solid midfield three.
Nathan Redmond: 6
A more quiet display from Redmond as he wasn’t as influential as normal although he had some good link-up play in the first half.
Che Adams: 7
Showed signs of pace and power to trouble the Liverpool defence but missed a glorious chance by heading over the bar after he was found unmarked.
Danny Ings (sub): 6
The Adrian howler was forced by Ings’ closing down but I can’t give him higher after missing a glorious chance to grab the equaliser.
Stuart Armstrong (sub): 6
Showed plenty of energy after coming on and got the crowd going before Liverpool got their second.
Moussa Djenepo (sub): N/A
Wasn’t on long enough to get a rating but showed signs of his pace and direct running and could even be described as a bit erratic at this early stage of his career.
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