Report as Liverpool’s 12-game unbeaten run in the Premier League ends on the south coast; Champions register just a single shot on target as they suffer the second defeat of league season; Southampton ends four-game winless run to climb to sixth and to within four points of the lead.
Liverpool missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League as Danny Ings’ stunning strike saw Southampton beat the champions 1-0 on Monday Night Football.
Former Reds striker Ings came back to haunt his old club with an exquisite lobbed finish inside two minutes at St. Mary’s which condemned Liverpool to their second defeat of the season and ended the champions’ 12-game unbeaten run.
Southampton restricted Liverpool to just a single attempt on target as a resilient defensive display and commanding first Premier League clean sheet from goalkeeper Fraser Forster in over three years saw Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side end a four-game winless run.
Liverpool remains top of the Premier League ahead of Manchester United on goal difference, but have played a game more and have now failed to win their last three games. Southampton, meanwhile, climbs to sixth and are just four points adrift of the champions.
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Southampton: Forster (7), Walker-Peters (8), Stephens (7), Bednarek (7), Bertrand (6), Ward-Prowse (7), Diallo (6), Armstrong (7), Djenepo (6), Ings (7), Walcott (7).
Subs: Tella (6), N’Lundulu (6), Valery (7).
Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (5), Fabinho (6), Henderson (6), Robertson (6), Wijnaldum (5), Thiago (5), Oxlade-Chamberlain (5), Salah (5), Firmino (6), Mane (6).
Subs: Shaqiri (5), Milner (6).
Man of the Match: Kyle Walker-Peters
Source: Sky Sports