Newcastle v Man City & Liverpool v Southampton as they happened

Reaction as Premier League champions Manchester City begin their campaign with a win at Newcastle, while Liverpool beat Southampton.

17 August 2014 Last updated at 10:58

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  1. 18:35: 

    All over for the day here then. Stay tuned on the website for full reaction from both camps, and we shall see you all back here for Burnley v Chelsea. Cheers.

  2. 18:32: 
    FA Cup away

    The first of 734 ties leading to the FA Cup final on 30 May kicked-off this weekend as the extra preliminary qualifying round got under way.

    Of the 368 contenders taking part on Friday and Saturday, there were 585 goals scored, with 139 teams going out, and 32 games going to replays.

    Among the big winners were Molesey, who beat Haywards Heath 11-0, and Coleshill Town as they beat Nuneaton Griff 10-0.

    The stage is the first of 14 rounds, culminating in the final at Wembley.

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    Newcastle's Mike Williamson

    Luke Devine: Newcastle fans, we played very well today, playing like that against the other 18 teams could easily get us results.

    Manager reaction- Newcastle Utd 0-2 Man City
    Alan Pardew

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "I feel a little bit disappointed we have lost and the score line is slightly flattering to them. I felt if we had got an equaliser we could have gone on to win because we looked fitter and stronger.

    "Our fans are good judges and I think they've seen enough to believe we're going to give it a real good go this season.

    "We'll carry on monitoring the transfer market but we've definitely got a bigger squad and more options. I'm kind of pleased in a way - even though we lost - that we have got a good structure to the team and good fitness in the team."

  5. 18:27: 

    Seven wins and two draws in the opening weekend of the season so far then, with just Burnley v Chelsea to come.

    You can of course join us back here tomorrow night for all the action from Turf Moor.

  6. 18:22: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-2 Man City

    With a glint in his eye Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says he'll 'watch the market' when asked if he is done with his summer shopping. Watch this space.

  7. 18:17: 

    Who have you been impressed with Greg? I don't think Chelsea or Manchester City will be adding much in the rest of the transfer window - but it could still be very busy elsewhere. Get your evening plans in order for Monday, 1 September. DEADLINE DAY.

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    Gregory Mandapat: The top clubs have been far from impressive on opening weekend. A little over two weeks to fill holes before the window closes.

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  9. 18:13: 
    Manager reaction- Newcastle Utd 0-2 Man City
    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "It was very important for us to start with a win. We talked to the squad about the 'two h's' - we were hungry and humble.

    "We need both if want to continue winning titles and improve on what we did last season. We didn't have any clean sheets in pre-season but we were very solid in this game."

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    Andy, optimistic Newcastle fan: Let's remember Newcastle missing a few players still. Tiote, De Jong, Santon at least to come into the first XI. Give the new guys a chance to settle, but very encouraging performance today!

    BBC Sport pundit Robbie SavageBurnley v Chelsea (20:00 BST Monday)

    "Diego Costa was prolific for Atletico Madrid as they won La Liga and reached the Champions League final but he is not just a goalscorer - he can lead the line on his own, create chances and also bully opposing defenders.

    "In terms of his physical stature and aggression, Costa suits the Premier League down to the ground and can play the same role for Chelsea that Didier Drogba did during Jose Mourinho's first spell at Chelsea."

    Read more from Robbie Savage here.

  12. 18:06: 
    Burnley v Chelsea (20:00 BST Monday)

    So we have seen 18 of the 20 Premier League sides now, with Jose Mourinho's Chelsea taking on newly-promoted Burnley on Monday night.

    Chelsea have been heavily backed to succeed this season, with Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa the main additions. Oh, and Didier Drogba is back of course...

    Cesc Fabregas
    MOTD presenter Gary LinekerNewcastle Utd 0-2 Man City

    "The difference between success and failure encapsulated in 30 seconds. Those that finish and those that don't."

    Aguero celebrates
  14. 18:03: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-2 Man City

    Edin Dzeko has his foot wrapped up in ice as he conducts his post-match interviews but he shrugs it off as 'no big deal'. He is fine.

  15. 18:02: 
    Player reaction- Newcastle Utd 0-2 Man City

    Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko: "It's always good and important to start with a win. We knew this was going to be tough and we gave everything from the first minute and playing aggressively. In the end it was a well-deserved win. First games can be tough but we did it. We have our first three points and we have to look game to game."

    Edin Dzeko
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    Sam Heaton: Don't like City but that was as clinical and professional a performance as you could want to see. Look of champions already.

    Belete Eshetea: Hope Arsene Wenger was watching this game. This is the difference between quality striker and average striker. One chance, one goal!

    Luke Gwalchmai: That's three of the big teams winning without being at their best. They'll only get better; we're in for a great title race!

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  17. 18:00: 

    Next up for Manchester City? The small task of facing Liverpool at home on Bank Holiday Monday. Big.

    Newcastle play at Villa Park next Saturday.

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    Newcastle v City

    Sirhan alSirhan: Great fight from Newcastle but City class won them the game

    Jamie Bishop: Despite the result the debut performances of Cabella, Colback and Janmaat were all very encouraging.

    Conor McMeekin: Newcastle in danger of relegation with finishing like this.

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    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 liveNewcastle Utd 0-2 Man City

    "Newcastle created some really good chances, but it's the old adage that it's what happens in the two boxes. The game was summed up in 30 seconds near the end. Sissoko has a great chance to equalise but doesn't take it. Manchester City go up the other end almost straight away and score a second."

  20. 17:54: 
    Top four- Newcastle Utd 0-2 Man City

    With just Burnley and Chelsea to come, here's the top four. Swansea fans would take that in May.

  21. 17:54: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-2 Man City
    Match stats
  22. 17:52: 
    FULL-TIME- Newcastle Utd 0-2 Man City

    Job well done from Manchester City. A long way short of their sparkling best, but two clinical finishes from two of their star men have done the business.

  23. 17:52: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-2 Man City

    He's had five touches since coming on, two have been shots and one was the killer second goal. Clinical stuff from Sergio Aguero.

    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 liveNewcastle Utd 0-2 Man City

    "It's very cruel on Newcastle but this is an unforgiving environment, especially when you're playing the champions."

  25. 17:49: 
    GOAL- Newcastle Utd 0-2 Man City - Sergio Aguero (90 mins)

    Very much against the run of play, Sergio Aguero ends Newcastle's challenge. The substitute is left one-on-one with Fabricio Coloccini, beats him for pace and gets in a left-footed shot. Tim Krul beats it away but Aguero is able to adjust his body and cushion the rebound back into the net on the half-volley.

    It's an opening win for the champions.

    Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates his goal
    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 liveNewcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    "Will we get the grand finale from Newcastle here?"

  27. 17:48: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Chance! Great move down the left between Remy Cabella and Ayoze Perez, the ball is cut back to Moussa Sissoko - and he hammers it into the Gallowgate.

    Into added time...

    Player reaction- Liverpool 2-1 Southampton
    Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge

    Daniel Sturridge: Teamwork always makes the dream work. Great 3 points. Dug in deep and got the result in the end. I'm a happy fella!!

    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 liveNewcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    "That was an horrendous challenge from Fernando. It was an exquisite turn from Sissoko and he lashed out and caught him across the shin."

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    Goonerama: Poor James Milner, perpetually damned with faint praise. Guy's an excellent footballer given a chance e.g. Bayern last season.

  31. 17:45: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Fernando may end up winning the game for City with that block, but he is now in the book for a sly foul in midfield. Newcastle fans want him off but he's not been booked before. All hands on deck for the champions now as the Magpies throw men at them...

    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 liveNewcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    "What an opportunity for Perez to make his name there. Manchester City were caught square there for the first time in the game."

  33. 17:43: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    He's a real livewire, Ayoze Perez! He's lifted the crowd and Newcastle are having a real go now. Replays show that Fernando got a brilliant last-ditch touch to that shot, otherwise it was going in.

    FOUR MINUTES on the clock.

  34. 17:41: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    What an impact! Ayoze Perez almost scores within seconds of his Newcastle debut, streaking through the middle, cutting inside the final defender and getting a shot away, but it's deflected just past the far post!

  35. 17:40: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    There are eight minutes remaining and Sergio Aguero is on to replace Edin Dzeko. He's not looked fully fit for quite some time and was a shadow of his best self at the World Cup. Newcastle's final change sees Ayoze Perez replace Emmanuele Riviere.

  36. 17:40: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City
    James Milner graphic
  37. 17:38: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Very professional stuff this from Manchester City, their midfield now resembles a sky blue wall. Yaya Toure is nominally the furthest forwards but Edin Dzeko is basically isolated up front.

  38. 17:37: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Name: James Milner

    Special attributes: Slowing play down. Closing games out.

    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 liveNewcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    "Manuel Pellegrini knows exactly what he's going to get from James Milner. He'll help to slow things down and close the game out."

  40. 17:35: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Manchester City really bulking up the midfield now as James Milner comes on against a former club. Samir Nasri is the man replaced, and we have 13 minutes remaining.

    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 liveNewcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    "Alan Pardew's thrown Rolando Aarons on against the champions, so he's clearly got a lot of confidence in the kid. It's a positive move and they're still well in the game."

  42. 17:33: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Another yellow card, Vincent Kompany in the book this time for blocking Jack Colback - free-kick in a good spot, but Remy Cabella only finds the heart of the wall.

  43. 17:32: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City
    Manuel Pellegrini the Manchester City manager instructs his players as Alan Pardew the Newcastle manager looks on

    Fifteen minutes to go. The champions are closing in on three points...

    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 liveNewcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    "You get the impression this Manchester City side can move through the gears whenever they choose."

  45. 17:31: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Yaya Toure does take the free-kick - and whizzes it over the wall and on to the top of the net! Not far away...

  46. 17:30: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Manchester City have a long spell of slick passing and end with a free-kick in a good area. Before Yaya Toure can take it though, Fernandinho comes on to reinforce the midfield, replacing Stevan Jovetic.

    Newcastle chuck on Rolando Aarons in place of Yoan Gouffran.

    Player reaction- Liverpool 2-1 Southampton
    Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet

    Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet: First game of the season: three points is all that matters! #WeGoAgain #YNWA

  48. 17:27: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Into the final 20 minutes. City have Sergio Aguero warming up, will he get a cameo?

  49. 17:24: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    That latest Edin Dzeko chance was made by a cracking tackle from Fernando. He is a formidable obstacle in that City midfield and has had a very good debut. If Manuel Pellegrini ever chooses to play him in a middle three with Yaya Toure and Fernandinho the opposition will be in for a very tough 90 minutes.

  50. 17:21: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Into the final half an hour, Alan Pardew is out of his seat raging at somebody in a black-and-white shirt. He knows his side are right in this game, but a frustrating lack of quality has held them back.

    City still look very good in moments, Aleksandar Kolarov again waltzing through unopposed but his cross is cut out.

    The corner is half cleared and Edin Dzeko then heads the follow-up onto the roof of the net.

    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 liveNewcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    "It's a crucial passage of play. Can Newcastle stay in the game and have a real go at it in the final 15 minutes? Or can City kill it off?"

  52. 17:20: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Newcastle make a change as Vurnon Anita is replaced by Gabriel Obertan. Pace.

  53. 17:19: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City
    Match stat
    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 liveNewcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    "Joe Hart didn't cover himself in glory there. He came for the ball and was caught in no-man's land. Newcastle are dominating."

  55. 17:15: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Jack Colback's delivery has been excellent and he is on the money again, tempting Joe Hart into no-man's land and Paul Dummett heads it over the top. Newcastle will feel they should have scored in the second half.

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    Cameron Laws: If Cabella can work on his end product he'll go far, giving defenders the runaround here!

    Krzysztof Wasilewski: Moyes to sign in as a gaffer in Newcastle, urgently.

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  57. 17:14: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Rash! Aleksandar Kolarov is never going to make that tackle, and is booked for collecting Emmanuele Riviere on the slide. Good area for Jack Colback to test the City defence again.

    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 liveNewcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    "It's been a bright start to this second half for Newcastle. They've had a couple of good chances and they're definitely in the ascendency."

  59. 17:13: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    It's a patchy showing from Manchester City but when they are good, they are very good. A lovely flowing move involving seven or eight players ends when Stevan Jovetic spins away from a defender to drag a low shot wide of the near post.

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    Rob, St. Albans: City are already looking the real deal, ominous signs for the rest of the competition.

  61. 17:10: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    A nervy few minutes for Manchester City but they emerge with their lead intact. Can the home side find a way through?

    Remy Cabella has Martin Demichelis in trouble and wins a free-kick and that is a booking for the Argentine.

    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 liveNewcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    "I just love watching David Silva play, he's so easy on the eye and sometimes I think he has eyes in the back of his head with the way he brings others into the game."

  63. 17:07: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Newcastle's best chance! A corner from Jack Colback somehow goes right through the goalmouth, Yoan Gouffran hits it back across goal and Emmanuele Riviere can't steer it home.

    Then Remy Cabella glides though the middle but shoots over under pressure from Fernando. Much better from the home side.

  64. 17:05: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    David Silva shows another neat touch at the start of the second period, he swaps passes with Stevan Jovetic but Newcastle eventually defend well. Joe Hart has to come and claim a deep cross - that's about the most tricky thing he's had to deal with so far.

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    Andy in Birmingham: Newcastle still have one signing to make, a new manager!

    Player reaction- Liverpool 2-1 Southampton
    Southampton's Graziano Pelle

    Southampton striker Graziano Pelle: Too bad we couldn't take points in my 1st Premier League match yet! Good team work created chances in 2nd half though.

  67. 17:02: 
    KICK-OFF- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Newcastle kick us off - second half is go.

  68. 17:00: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Newcastle were the last team to prevent the reigning champions from opening their following campaign with a win - when they drew 1-1 at Man City's neighbours Manchester United on this day in 2008.

  69. 16:58: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Plenty of graft and eagerness from Newcastle in that first half, but not a single effort for Joe Hart to save. That will be the thrust of Alan Pardew's team-talk. Got to make Hart work.

  70. 16:53: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Newcastle no longer have 'impact sub' Shola Ameobi to call on of course, the veteran ending his generation-long stay at the club this summer. Alan Pardew does have another new boy Ayoze Perez on the bench. The new Shola?

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    Nico Lennon: Well worked goal by Man City but Coloccini's positioning was very poor. Shame as he'd had a good half until that point.

    Chris T: When Newcastle get in the 18 yard box, they forget how to play, need to improve!

    Richard Powell: Great link-play by Dzeko and Silva for the goal. Newcastle full of endeavour, but this looks like a piece of cake for City now.

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  72. 16:51: 
    HALF-TIME- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City
    Match stats
    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 liveNewcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    "Newcastle can be pleased enough with their display so far, but they're not doing enough to warrant being level. City could easily have made it two before the break and it would have been game over."

  74. 16:50:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at St James' ParkHALF-TIME- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City
    Newcastle United's owner Mike Ashley looks on from the stand

    "City have by and large been on top, while Newcastle have been good in patches. The visitors have the goal though."

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    Percy Brown, Cornwall: The gulf in quality between the United and City teams has never been so great.

    What about when United won the treble and City were in League One?

  76. 16:47: 
    HALF-TIME- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City
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    Saidmadrid: I was falling asleep then City scored a goal. Not the bestest of games.

    Adam Byrne: David Silva should've struck his shot in Spain's opening World Cup match versus Netherlands like that, instead of trying a dink.

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    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 liveNewcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    "Newcastle have got to be careful they don't concede another before half-time. It's important for them to stay in the game right now."

  79. 16:44: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    Gael Clichy skips away from a rash challenge from Paul Dummett and for a moment it looks like a real chance for City, they have men over but Edin Dzeko's pass is this time terrible. Almost half-time, the champions just finding their feet.

  80. 16:42: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City
    David Silva stat

    David Silva also scored against Newcastle last season. He starts the season running...

    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 liveNewcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    "That's why Manchester City are the champions. They've not had a great spell in the previous 10 minutes but then they go and take the lead with a lovely move."

  82. 16:41: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City

    That's two excellent back-heeled assists in the one afternoon. An average we'll all be happy to see maintained.

    Manchester City's David Silva celebrates with teammate Edin Dzeko
  83. 16:38: 
    GOAL- Newcastle Utd 0-1 Man City - David Silva (38 mins)

    Simple but brilliantly effective, like a Pete Waterman-penned single! City lead.

    Yaya Toure floats a ball over the top from halfway, Edin Dzeko backheels the pass into the path of David Silva, and he shows Emmanuele Riviere the importance of composure, taking all the time he had and slotting past Tim Krul. A quality goal.

    Manchester City's David Silva, scores
  84. 16:36: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-0 Man City

    Wild. Emmanuele Riviere has one setting - smash.

    He does well down the left, holding off his defender, and just hammers the ball across the area and out for a throw. He had team-mates up with him but just lashed it. Calm down Emmanuele! He's playing like Animal out of the Muppets.

    Neil Lennon, former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 liveNewcastle Utd 0-0 Man City

    "The difference between the two teams at the minute is in the final third. Newcastle are getting into some good positions but they're being really sloppy in that final third. Give them some credit, they're growing into this game and that gives the crowd a small lift."

  86. 16:34: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle Utd 0-0 Man City

    David Silva goes in the book for a little nibble at the heels of Vurnon Anita. His pleas of 'first one ref!' fall on deaf ears.

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    Ethan Robinson: Just a matter of when and how many goals for Man City.

    Michael Lee: Excited by this NUFC team, improved the side since Remy & Cabaye left.

    Nicholas Allen: Everyone saying Cabella has the worst haircut obviously didn't see Chamakh yesterday...

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  88. 16:32: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-0 Man City

    Emmanuele Riviere flashes another snap-shot wide before Vincent Kompany has to be at his very best to cut out a testing ball in. Newcastle having a good spell, City looking sleepy again. They were not very good at all at Wembley last week and it's a similar start here.

  89. 16:32: 

    It's a good job Harry Redknapp hadn't sold Luis Suarez. That would have been the end of that relationship...

  90. 16:29: 
    Manager reaction- Liverpool 2-1 Southampton
    Luis Suarez

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Our ambitions have to be bigger than one player. Luis Suarez sent us a lovely text this morning wishing us all the best and telling us to start strong - it's a lovely gesture. We're bigger than any one player, I still think we need a striker so we'll search through until the end of the window for that.

    "He sent the text to me personally. What did it say? Don't be so nosey! I texted him back - it's a great love in I've got with him! He's a great boy but he's gone. It was a lovely touch. Liverpool will always be in his heart."

  91. 16:26: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-0 Man City

    Dutch full-back Daryl Janmaat ventures forward for the first time but again there's a lack of cool in the final third, as he floats his cross over the head of his team-mates. A good 10 minutes for the hosts though, they've been much better.

    At the other end Yaya Toure gets it all wrong, pinging the ball out of play.

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    Mark Halliwell: Cabella goes straight to the top of the Premier League 'worst haircut table'

    Kevin Van Der Merwe: Cabella might have the worst haircut in the Premier League?

    Newcastle United's Remy Cabella
  93. 16:24: 
    Manager reaction- Liverpool 2-1 Southampton
    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "As the season goes on we'll get more fluid. It was hard fought, Southampton are a good side, you couldn't think just because they've lost players this summer that it was going to be an easy game. To get the three points was vital and the supporters were brilliant today like they have been in my time here.

    "My celebration at the end? I'm a bit lighter now so I'm a bit more nimble on my feet, a bit quicker."

  94. 16:22: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-0 Man City

    Not from there! Lovely touch from Emmanuele Riviere to bring the ball down and then spin away from Fernando, but the Newcastle striker then has a total rush of blood to the head and shoots wildly from 35 yards out instead of running at Vinny Kompany.

    The ball barely reaches the goal.

  95. 16:18: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-0 Man City

    Gael Clichy shows why it's not always best playing a left-back on the right, wasting a good move by feebly picking out Tim Krul with a right-footed cross. Newcastle are starting to see more of the ball though, Vurnon Anita and Moussa Sissoko dropping deep to keep them ticking over.

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    Rian Hoskins: Newcastle look exciting. Cabella is excellent and still has great potential. Him and Riviere could form a good understanding.

    Callum Mackenzie: Can we start using the name Nouxchateax?

    Lewis Howard: Pretty sad state of English football affairs when the referee makes up 25% of the English talent on the pitch.

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  97. 16:17: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-0 Man City
    Match stat

    So far, so good for Newcastle then...

  98. 16:14: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-0 Man City

    Remy Cabella is sporting a cracking haircut, it really is. Half mohican, half Elvis quiff...

    The Frenchman then goes for a cheeky chip from the edge of the box, floating it onto the roof of the net. The fans like him already.

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    "Be interesting to see how Newcastle's new boys do today. Some lovely hairdo's from the lads so far..."

  100. 16:11: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Newcastle Utd 0-0 Man City

    Slick stuff. Aleksandar Kolarov motors on down the left, cuts across his man and lays it off to Samir Nasri, who thumps in a rising drive from 25 yards, a terrific strike, but Tim Krul manages to push it clear.

    Moments later Kolarov gets in again and cuts it back, Mike Williamson clears it away for a corner. Rapid start...

  101. 16:10: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-0 Man City

    Manchester City still keeping the ball very well, but moving it at pace too. Aleksandar Kolarov is offering the width on the left while Stevan Jovetic has made a busy start up front.

  102. 16:08: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-0 Man City

    It looks like the writing is on the wall for Micah Richards at Manchester City. And the writing spells out 'you're not going to play Micah. Find yourself a new club.'

    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 liveNewcastle Utd 0-0 Man City

    "It was a magnificent pass from Stevan Jovetic, Edin Dzeko was on the stretch but Tim Krul did very, very well. It's been a fantastic start to the game."

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    Liz Tray: I have never understood what Pellegrini has against Richards. He even starts a left back ahead of him? Clichy is poor there.

    Zachary Fox: Classy stuff to give a minute's silence to their fallen fans Alder & Sweeney. Hopefully Newcastle can get a result for them.

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  105. 16:06: 
    Manager reaction- Liverpool 2-1 Southampton

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Sky Sports: "We scored two very good goals and we're delighted about the win. In terms of the character and desire and the will to win we were exceptional.

    "They were throwing everything at us at the end but we stood up and made challenges and Simon Mignolet made an incredible save to touch it on to the bar. The three points was the most important I think.

    "We had Luis Suarez here last year and it was a similar kind of game. We showed the capacity to dig deep. Southampton played well give them credit. To get the win was very important."

  106. 16:05: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-0 Man City

    Manchester City have already played better than they did at Wembley last weekend. New man Fernando starts a promising move which ends when David Silva's flick is well cut out. They look slick.

  107. 16:03: 
    Newcastle Utd 0-0 Man City

    That's what Jack Colback is good at - sniping at the heels of David Silva and cutting the ball out. Big chance for City though as Stevan Jovetic floats a pass into the run of Edin Dzeko, but he doesn't get enough power in his shot and it's well saved by Tim Krul. Almost the perfect start for the champions.

  108. 16:02: 
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    Rangers Ladies FC: "Full time at Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk 0-22 Rangers. Swanson(4), Howat(4), Cuthbert(3), Sneddon(3), Hill(3), Riley, Cunningham(3) & Mulvey"

    Close game...

  109. 16:00: 
    KICK-OFF- Newcastle Utd 0-0 Man City

    We are under way.

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    Cliff B: Alain Pardieu has chosen a strong lineup for Newchateaux. Best time to take on City, not fully fit squad.

  111. 16:00: 
    Newcastle Utd v Man City (16:00 BST)

    St James' Park pays a poignant tribute to John Alder and Liam Sweeney, the two fans who were killed in a Malaysia Airlines plane crash while on their way to watch the Magpies on their pre-season tour of New Zealand.

    The pair are remembered by floral tributes, a minute's silence, the creation of the Alder Sweeney memorial garden at St. James' Park and a community award in their name.

    The captains Vincent Kompany and Fabricio Coloccini lay wreaths alongside family members of memory of the two Newcastle fans, John Alder and Liam Sweeny
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    Jack Shaw: I would just be happy to see Newcastle playing an attacking game, hopefully our fire power has improved.

  113. 15:53: 
    Newcastle Utd v Man City (16:00 BST)

    Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart share some final pre-match words in the tunnel. If you've not signed a new five-year deal this month and you play for Manchester City, call your agent.

    And there is the sound of Mark Knopfler's Strat. Game time!

  114. 15:49: 
    Newcastle Utd v Man City (16:00 BST)

    Newcastle has certainly got the best weather in England this afternoon. Marvellous sunshine as the stands fill up in anticipation.

    Will it be fluent champions City or Community Shield City they face? Teams out in a few moments.

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    Crobs: Think that performance shows that there maybe was a plan at Saints over the summer after all, great display.

    Andy Head: Liverpool's passing, pressing and tackling was very poor today. Lucas looked lost. Hoping it's not a sign of things to come...

    Rizwan: Got the job done today against Southampton. Wasn't convincing but no one team has been convincing this weekend.

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  116. 15:45: 
    Newcastle Utd v Man City (16:00 BST)

    Jack Colback makes his debut for Newcastle this afternoon after his free transfer from rivals Sunderland. Not many men make that move, and Colback was remarkably frank about his future reception at the Stadium of Light.

    The majority of Sunderland fans will hate me for the rest of my life," Colback told BBC Newcastle.

    "I thank them for their support when I was there, and Sunderland for the chance to play in the Premier League."

    Sunderland were keen to retain Colback and were "extremely disappointed" to lose his services when he chose to join the team he grew up supporting.

  117. 15:41: 
    Newcastle Utd v Man City (16:00 BST)

    City beat Newcastle 4-0 on the opening weekend last season.

    Despite winning only two of their opening eight away games last season, City still ended the campaign with 34 points on the road. Only Liverpool and Arsenal (35) gained more.

  118. 15:39: 
    Liverpool 2-1 Southampton

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits his side were 'nowhere near' their fluent best but he is very happy with the win.

  119. 15:33: 
    Manager reaction- Liverpool 2-1 Southampton
    Ronald Koeman

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman tells BBC Sport: "It's difficult and I'm very disappointed about the final score.

    "We played a great second half and had the best chances. We deserved not to lose today but that's football. We had the best chances with Steven Davis and Shane Long and we deserved that goal, but the final score is what counts.

    "We had a lot of changes in the team but we brought in quality players. The rumours were that we would be worse than last season but I don't agree with that. The performance was very good and it gives the boys a lot of confidence. We need one or two players more, a winger. The club is working hard."

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    Phil: Unlucky Saints by far the best team in the second half. Deserved all three points but that's football.

    Sully, Preston: Tactical genius BR. Brings cheerleader Lambert on. Changes the game.

  121. 15:31: 
    Player reaction- Liverpool 2-1 Southampton
    Daniel Sturridge

    Liverpool match winner Daniel Sturridge: "Of course there is pressure on myself to get the goals now with Luis Suarez out of the team. It's important for myself and the lads to step up and it's important as a collective unit that we score the goals.

    "Are we stronger this season? I think so. No disrespect to Luis. He's a great player and will be missed. But we move on. We have proved we can win games and score goals."

  122. 15:30: 
    LINE-UPS- Newcastle Utd v Man City (16:00 BST)

    Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Colback, Anita, Sissoko, Cabella, Gouffran, Riviere. Subs: Aarons, Perez, Haidara, Elliot, Obertan, Steven Taylor, Abeid.

    Man City: Hart, Clichy, Demichelis, Kompany, Kolarov, Fernando, Toure, Nasri, Jovetic, Silva, Dzeko. Subs: Zabaleta, Milner, Caballero, Jesus Navas, Aguero, Fernandinho, Boyata.

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

  123. 15:26: 
    Newcastle Utd v Man City (16:00 BST)
    Fans arrive at the stadium prior to kick-off at St James's Park

    They are out warming up at St James' Park. The champions are in town, they've seen most of their rivals in action already and can lay a marker down with a strong performance.

    In their way stand a new-look Newcastle. Can Emmanuele Riviere replace Loic Remy?

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    Jonny Brook: Credit where it's due to Liverpool, they've been greatly outplayed by the side they decimated in the summer, but still won.

    Femi Ogunbodede: Pass of the weekend -Henderson/Tadic. Save of the weekend - Mignolet. Miss of the weekend - Long. All in the match of the weekend.

    Jon Evans: £12m and he missed a sitter. May have overspent a little bit on Long.

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    Join the debate at #bbcfootball- Liverpool 2-1 Southampton

    A home win for Liverpool to start their season off then - but that was a lot tougher than they may have anticipated.

    Impressed with that Southampton fans? Encouraging signs?

    Missing Suarez yet Reds? Still confident you can challenge?

    Let us know.

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  126. 15:22: 
    FULL-TIME- Liverpool 2-1 Southampton
  127. 15:21: 
    Liverpool 2-1 Southampton

    Liverpool have the ball in the corner and are running the clock down. Daniel Sturridge won Liverpool 20 points last year and it looks like two more here...

  128. 15:18: 
    Liverpool 2-1 Southampton

    Simon Mignolet got a hand to that shot, a fine save in hindsight from the Liverpool man. Southampton still pressing as we enter four minutes of added time...

    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    Gary Lineker: Natural born goalscorer is D Sturridge. Can't be taught. He just gets it!

  130. 15:15: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Liverpool 2-1 Southampton

    How has that not gone in?!

    Morgan Schneiderlin hammers a left-footer against the underside of the crossbar, it bounces out - not over the line - and Shane Long heads the loose ball wide!

    Southampton so unlucky...

    Liverpool 2-1 Southampton

    Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki: Goal!! Let's go Liverpool!

  132. 15:12: 
    Liverpool 2-1 Southampton

    James Ward-Prowse hits a low shot at Simon Mignolet. Southampton don't deserve to lose this one but even if they do they've performed a lot better than most were expecting.

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    George Fisher: As a Liverpool fan, I openly admit that that goal was totally against the run of play. But a goal's a goal!

    Prajjwal Panday: The new SAS, Sturridge and Sterling, for Liverpool.

    Illmatic: Southampton should buy Sturridge, Sterling and Coutinho with all their new money.

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  134. 15:11: 
    Liverpool 2-1 Southampton

    Of the 22 men who started, only Fraser Forster has had fewer touches than Daniel Sturridge, but he has had the one which makes the difference with seven minutes left.

  135. 15:09: 
    Team News- Newcastle Utd v Man City (16:00 BST)

    Manchester City start goalkeeper Joe Hart, with Willy Caballero dropping out after conceding three in the Community Shield. Fernando makes his Premier League debut but the not-quite-fit Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero are on the bench.

    Newcastle hand debuts to four summer signings - Daryl Janmaat, Jack Colback, Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere.

    Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Dummett, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Cabella, Gouffran, Riviere. Subs: Elliot, Haidara, S Taylor, Abeid, Obertan, Aarons, Perez.

    Man City: Hart, Clichy, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Fernando, Toure, Nasri, Silva, Jovetic, Dzeko. Subs: Caballero, Boyata, Zabaleta, Milner, Fernandinho, Navas, Aguero.

    Former Wales striker John HartsonLiverpool 2-1 Southampton

    "Quite sloppy from Southampton, it's a long ball into the box, and Rickie Lambert has made a difference. I'm not sure what kind of a touch Sturridge got but he's claiming it."

    Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring
  137. 15:06: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-1 Southampton - Daniel Sturridge (79 mins)
    Daniel Sturridge scores

    Scruffy stuff, but Daniel Sturridge won't care! He puts Liverpool back in front with his first real chance all game. Liverpool go direct, a cross is half cleared, Raheem Sterling heads it back in and Sturridge just about nudges it over the line from an onside position.

    Brendan Rodgers is overjoyed. He knows his side have been a long way from their best today.

  138. 15:04: 
    Liverpool 1-1 Southampton

    Rickie Lambert with his first! Almost in on the end of a rare Liverpool attack but his shot is blocked.

    Thirteen minutes to go...

  139. 15:03: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 1-1 Southampton

    And here comes Rickie Lambert. He gets 15 minutes against his old club, replacing Philippe Coutinho.

    Rickie Lambert of Liverpool comes on as a substitute for Philippe Coutinho
  140. 15:00: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 1-1 Southampton

    Southampton are going for it - Shane Long is on for his debut, replacing Dusan Tadic. I predict his Fantasy Football agent will see some significant activity this weekend...

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    Pete Stanger: Nathaniel Clyne you BEAUTY. Calum who? Come on.

    Ash: Dear Southampton? Can we swap Lucas for Schneiderlin and Johnson for Clyne? Then that's it, no more off you. We swear.

    Paul Walmsley: Spent the second half wondering if the teams swapped shirts at half time. Where did this Southampton team come from?

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  142. 14:58: 
    Liverpool 1-1 Southampton

    Into the last 20 minutes. Liverpool have offered little or nothing in the second half. Is it Rickie Lambert time yet?

    Former Wales striker John HartsonSUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 1-1 Southampton

    "Brendan Rodgers took off Lucas and brought on Joe Allen, like for like, but I'd have liked to have seen Rickie Lambert on for Coutinho to play up front with Sturridge."

  144. 14:54: 
    Liverpool 1-1 Southampton

    Is James Ward-Prowse related in any way to the bloke who played Darth Vader? I don't know. But he's having a cracking second half. Liverpool can't live with the Saints at the minute as Nathaniel Clyne gets in again but this time he's blocked out...

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    Harry in Jersey: Ward-Prowse looking very impressive in his Liverpool trial.

    David Ornstein at Anfield, BBC SportLiverpool 1-1 Southampton

    "As the home fans fell silent following that goal, the Southampton contingent in the directors' box leapt up in wild celebration - not sure about the etiquette but fair play to them, it's been a tough summer at St Mary's."

    Southampton directors' box
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    Charles Kahanji: What a backheel, great finish, deserved equaliser by the Saints.

    John: That's Nathaniel Clyne signing for Liverpool next week then!

    Christos Papaloizou: Wow, thought Southampton would be all over the place this season but I've been really impressed by them.

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  148. 14:50: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 1-1 Southampton

    What a chance! Southampton should be ahead.

    Dusan Tadic - having a storming debut - is the architect down the left, he feeds James Ward-Prowse on the underlap, there's a man over in Steven Davis and JWP finds him perfectly.

    It needs a Nathaniel Clyne-style hammer blow, but Davis goes for the side foot and Simon Mignolet is able to save it. He was 10 yards out, bang in the middle. Massive chance!

  149. 14:48: 
    Liverpool 1-1 Southampton

    Southampton have had 52% of the possession in this second half, capping it with that fine goal from Nathaniel Clyne. Rumours of the Saints' demise were greatly exaggerated...

  150. 14:46: 
    Liverpool 1-1 Southampton
    Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana poses for a picture with a supporter

    Adam Lallana was all smiles a few minutes ago in the main stand, he'll be more muted now. Again Simon Mignolet flaps at a cross but Steven Davis can only put the loose ball behind.

    Rickie Lambert is out warming up. Another chapter in his script coming up?

    Former Wales striker John HartsonLiverpool 1-1 Southampton

    "Southampton were getting into the game, playing a few balls in behind the defence but what a goal that was. A fantastic piece of skill from Dusan Tadic, and no-one went with Clyne. He absolutely whacked it and Mignolet had no chance."

  152. 14:45: 
    Liverpool 1-1 Southampton

    A lovely shot of Ronald Koeman watching the ball hit the back of the net, the Dutchman giving a Tim Henman style fist-pump in celebration.

    Koeman used to finish like that from defence. Clinical stuff...

  153. 14:43: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-1 Southampton - Nathaniel Clyne (56 mins)

    Pick that one out! What a hit! Nathaniel Clyne plays a one-two with Dusan Tadic, the new man playing a backheel beautifully into his path, and Clyne gets his head down and leathers it into the roof of the net!

    So much power, Simon Mignolet had no chance. Great stuff from Tadic too.

    Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne scores his side's first goal
    Southampton's English defender Nathaniel Clyne clebrates scoring the equalising goal
  154. 14:40: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

    Southampton do work it well, with Steven Davis and James Ward-Prowse working the ball across the face of the area and Victor Wanyama smashing a shot wide.

  155. 14:37: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

    Simon Mignolet has looked a tad suspect on crosses today, again his punch to clear a corner is far from perfect but he gets it out. Southampton could do with raising the tempo.

  156. 14:35: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

    Daniel Sturridge is almost in - very similar run to the goal - but this time the through ball from Philippe Coutinho is overhit. The sun is out at Anfield as the hosts make an equally bright start to the second half.

  157. 14:32: 
    KICK-OFF- Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

    Back under way at Anfield...

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    Sean Dixon: SFC playing well and muting LFC out, bit of magic for the goal. Lucky to be ahead.

    Kevin Williams: Where was that sort of play in Brazil? Two words. Roy Hodgson.

    Matt Ingram: If Saints get clinical there is a way back in. Liverpool not looking dangerous enough.

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  159. 14:32: 
    Luis Smilez
    Luis Suarez

    No wonder Luis Suarez is smiling. The Barcelona striker is set to play his first match on Monday since biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's World Cup group match in Brazil on 24 June.

    Barca boss Luis Enrique says Suarez could play a "few minutes" in a friendly against Mexican champions Club Leon.

    Suarez's four-month ban for biting an opponent was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last week. But the Uruguay striker, 27, can now train and play in friendly matches, and Enrique said on Sunday: "He has been working hard when training alone. So I think he can have a few minutes tomorrow in front of the fans."

    FULL-TIME- Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

    My colleague Andy Campbell sets a high bar for entertainment:

    "Not the best Edinburgh derby but it did generate plenty of talking points. Two stunning goals, two penalties - one missed - and two red cards. In the end, it's Hearts who take the points."

  161. 14:29: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

    Much to ponder at half time for both managers, but Ronald Koeman will probably be fairly pleased with his side's showing so far. They just need that spark in the final third. That Rickie Lambert/Adam Lallana spark...

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman
    Coming Up- Newcastle Utd v Man City (16:00 BST)
    Newcastle United programme

    Newcastle United's matchday programme pays a poignant tribute to John Alder and Liam Sweeney, the two fans who were killed in a Malaysia Airlines plane crash while on their way to watch the Magpies on their pre-season tour of New Zealand.

    The pair will also be remembered by floral tributes, a minute's silence, the creation of the Alder Sweeney memorial garden at St. James' Park and a community award in their name.

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    Andrew Hill: It is disconcerting even though we are ahead that we are not pressuring Southampton enough. We should have hung onto Suarez tooth and nail - is it Xabi Alonso all over again.

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    CerebralCinephile: Great to see new boy Lovren barking orders. Especially at Mignolet, who still looks nervous.

    Paul Walmsley: The gap between Liverpool's defence and attack is vast. Worried that Southampton will get back into this.

    Andrew Soar: Coutinho looks lively. no idea how he missed out on Brazil's World Cup squad

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  165. 14:21: 
    HALF-TIME STATS- Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

    Far from plain sailing for the Reds so far, but they'll settle for three points.

    Former Wales striker John HartsonLiverpool 1-0 Southampton

    "Liverpool have not built on it (the goal) and kicked on, Southampton have stayed in the game but they are lacking guile and quality in the final third."

  167. 14:20: 
    Left-wing bias- Liverpool 1-0 Southampton
    Dusan Tadic

    We asked before the game what Southampton will get from new signing Dusan Tadic - and the answer is good old-fashioned wing play. Tadic had 39 touches in that first half - the most of any Saints player - and looks a real threat.

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein at AnfieldLiverpool 1-0 Southampton

    "Liverpool are yet to play the sort of football that helped them light up the Premier League for so much of last season, but their defence - and in particular former Saint Dejan Lovren - look solid and that could prove critical this campaign.

    "Southampton have responded well to their turbulent summer and certainly don't look out of this yet, as suggested by the nervousness that rustles around Anfield every time they counter-attack."

    Former Wales striker John HartsonLiverpool 1-0 Southampton

    "Because of the personnel Southampton are playing with Graziano Pelle up top, they are looking to get a lot of balls into him. I've been very impressed with Dejan Lovren, he loves to defend in the Tony Adams/John Terry mould. Every time a ball comes into the box, he gets his head to it."

  170. 14:17: 
    HALF-TIME- Liverpool 1-0 Southampton
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    Cameron Laws: Ward Prowse will come into his own this year. Brilliant talent, so much potential.

    Onoriode Okpoko: Raheem Sterling will have a smoking season this term.

    John Pierce: Southampton have no cutting edge. All pretty up to the penalty area and then nothing. Game over?

  172. 14:16: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

    The ball breaks kindly for Morgan Schneiderlin 25 yards out and he has no hesitation, curling in a dipping effort which Simon Mignolet has to get back to turn over the top. Lovely effort!

  173. 14:13: 
    North of the border- Hearts 2-0 Hibernian (12:30 BST)

    Prince Buaben has netted a penalty, and Hibs are down to 10 men. The Jambos look like earning the first bragging rights of the Edinburgh season.

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  174. 14:11: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

    A lot has been made of Morgan Schniederlin's state of mind in the last few weeks, and he was not at his best in the build-up to Liverpool's goal.

    But he's been very involved since, switching the play with a few superb crossfield passes. He is seeing a lot of the ball.

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    Harry Catharell: Henderson has done this time and again for last few seasons - threaded an inch perfect pass through to the front men.

    Shane Saunders: Despite new signings for Liverpool, Jordan Henderson continuing on with his fine form may be key for any success they'll have.

    Some Body: Freaky wind here! Mignolet clearly a bag of nerves too, but done alright so far. Southampton threatening though.

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  176. 14:09: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Southampton
    Raheem Sterling

    Liverpool carved Southampton open for Raheem Sterling's opener but if anything it has been the visitors on top since. James Ward-Prowse curls an effort from 20 yards which is easy for Simon Mignolet to deal with.

  177. 14:06: 
    North of the border- Hearts 1-0 Hibernian (12:30 BST)

    Hearts lead in the Edinburgh derby.

    Sam Nicholson escapes Scott Robertson as he works his way into a central position and then batters the ball past Mark Oxley.

    Follow the action here.

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    "Intelligent and accurate football from England's young stars gives Liverpool the lead. Bring on the Euros!"

  179. 14:03: 
    YELLOW CARD- Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

    Dusan Tadic has skinned Javier Manquillo two or three times already, and the defender then goes right through the back of the Serb. He gets a booking from Mark Clattenburg for his troubles, which will only encourage Tadic to get at him.

    Simon Mignolet then flaps again at James Ward-Prowse's free-kick, tipping it over the top. Good spell for the visitors...

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    Ash, London: There was an almost eerie atmosphere at Anfield until the goal. Hopefully that will get things flowing.

  181. 14:00: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

    Victor Wanyama is down holding his foot after an aerial challenge but the Southampton man is OK to continue. The Saints were building up a mini head of steam there too.

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein at AnfieldLiverpool 1-0 Southampton

    "Liverpool's first goal of the post-Suarez era is greeted ecstatically by a crowd which was growing restless as Liverpool struggled to establish any sort of fluency. That was pretty much the first time the impressive Dusan Tadic has lost the ball all half - and it proved costly.

    "The goal was only Liverpool's second on target and Brendan Rodgers has just called Philippe Coutinho to the touchline to deliver more instructions. Opposite number Ronald Koeman is also dishing out orders, but he appears fairly relaxed, calm and confident in his dangerous-looking team."

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    Cam Geddes: Classic example of Henderson's strength and determination; created a goal out of nothing.

    Bryan Cooper: What a sublime pass from Henderson. Sterling didn't even need to control it.

    Al Mamun Russell: Awesome cool-headed finishing by Sterling. Reminds me of Suarez.

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  184. 13:56: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

    "You better run, you better take cover "John?

    Southampton respond well though, Dusan Tadic almost finding fellow new boy Graziano Pelle in the middle but he's well marked.

    Former Wales striker John HartsonLiverpool 1-0 Southampton

    "Great goal, a great run, Raheem Sterling went across the backline and Jordan Henderson picked him out. He timed his run to perfection and with his pace he gets away from defenders. Liverpool had not done a lot and the crowd were getting a little bit restless."

    Raheem Sterling scores his side's first goal
  186. 13:55: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

    Ronald Koeman will not like the way his team were undone by one ball there - but all credit to Jordan Henderson. Fine play.

    Ronald Koeman, manager of Southampton shouts instructions
  187. 13:53: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-0 Southampton - Raheem Sterling (23 mins)

    Spotters' badge for Jordan Henderson! He wins the ball back inside his own half, beats Morgan Schneiderlin for strength and then sets Raheem Sterling away through the middle with an inch-perfect pass.

    Sterling makes no mistake, taking his time before slotting into the corner. Lovely stuff. Where was that in Brazil lads?

    Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring a goal against Southampton
  188. 13:50: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

    That's nice from Liverpool though, slick move down the left-hand-side ends with Philippe Coutinho finding Raheem Sterling, but his shot is easy for Fraser Forster to gather in. Saints break and win a corner, that man Dusan Tadic impressing again.

    Then horrible goalkeeping from Simon Mignolet as he can't deal with Graziano Pelle, the ball ricochets around his penalty area and the Belgian eventually gathers it in.

  189. 13:49: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

    If Fraser Forster was in goal in that U13 team, they must have been unbeatable! I would have put him up front.

    It's a subdued atmosphere at Anfield, not much for anyone to get excited about as yet.

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    Sam Shepherd: I once played against Fraser Forster when he was playing for Hexham under-13s. He seemed about 8 ft to my lowly 5. Massive lad.

    H.N.I.C: S'oton fans would have a lot of players to boo throughout the season. How long they are going to do that remains to be seen.

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  191. 13:46: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

    It's 70% of possession for Liverpool in the opening quarter of an hour, but they haven't called Fraser Forster into action yet.

    Match stats
  192. 13:43: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

    Lovely feet from Daniel Sturridge as he twists and turns around Maya Yoshida, who then appears to trip the England man right on the edge of the box. Mark Clattenburg has no doubts - no foul.

    Replays suggest there was some contact, but it was just outside the box too. As you'd expect, Sturridge is a man full of confidence.

  193. 13:41: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

    How many more lines of Men At Work's 'Down Under' can John Hartson get into his analysis today? [see 13:35]. That's the big question.

    I don't know if Graziano Pelle has a preference for Vegemite sandwiches but he has indeed made an imposing start.

  194. 13:39: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

    Liverpool win a corner thanks to the movement of Daniel Sturridge, and Steven Gerrard's delivery is helped on by Martin Skrtel - but Fraser Forster is there to claim from in front of Dejan Lovren.

  195. 13:37: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

    First shot of the day comes from a predictable source, Daniel Sturridge letting fly from 20 yards and fizzing a shot past the top corner. Fraser Forster waves it past.

    Former Wales striker John HartsonLiverpool 0-0 Southampton

    "One of the things I'm impressed about already is Southampton striker Graziano Pelle, six foot four, full of muscle and an imposing presence already."

  197. 13:35: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

    It's a breezy enough start from Southampton, with new keeper Fraser Forster completing his first clearance with a satisfying thump downfield too.

  198. 13:34: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Southampton
    Liverpool fans display a banner of "Boss" manager Brendan Rodgers in the stands

    "What's that package that's come in the post today?"

    "Oh, it's just my 20ft x 20ft banner of Brendan."

    Who orders these flags?

  199. 13:31: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

    Glen Johnson has indeed started at left-back for Liverpool, with new £12m signing Alberto Moreno from Sevilla not ready yet. Does that mean Johnson will be out of the side? Time will tell.

    Liverpool starting XI

    Saints new boy Dusan Tadic makes a busy start down the left. He's a big lad, and quick.

  200. 13:30: 
    KICK-OFF- Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

    Under way at Anfield. Dejan Lovren's first touch roundly booed by the away end.

  201. 13:29: 
    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    The first 'You'll Never Walk Alone' of the season is as vociferous as ever. One of football's great traditions, but an odd one when you think about it.

    Imagine trying to start the Kop off in a mass sing-song of a ballad from a stage show now. You'd get thrown out.

  202. 13:26: 
    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    Here they come. Fraser Forster looking imposingly large in the Southampton goal as he walks out alongside Raheem Sterling. Could Forster push to be England's number one now he's in the Premier League?

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein at AnfieldLiverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    "Southampton fans have travelled in decent number, although when I last checked their website there were still tickets available in the away end. Those who are here cheer boisterously as their team is read out on the PA system, even the want-away Morgan Schneiderlin drawing unequivocal applause.

    "The same could not be said when the Liverpool side was announced and the name Dejan Lovren came up. Huge boos. By contrast, another former Saint, Rickie Lambert, was serenaded with a chant of 'One Rickie Lambert'."

  204. 13:24: 
    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    Steven Gerrard almost cracks a smile in the tunnel as Mark Clattenburg lines up the sides. All set?

  205. 13:20: 
    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    Kick-off -10 at Anfield. When John Hartson's wearing a hat, you know it's cold.

    Shall we have a sweepstake on 'first gloves worn in the Premier League?'

    I'm going late September...

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    Bright Eugene VII: All is now set for the Southampton derby! Southampton A vs Southampton B.

    Daniel Kelly: Can see a big win for Liverpol today, 4-0. People need to realise Sturridge was second top goalscorer! Never relied on Suarez.

    Stacy Phillips: I'm going to start a "swear jar" for every time someone mentions Luis Suarez this season. I'm going to be a millionaire.

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  207. 13:15: 
    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard ended the 2013-14 season with the most assists in the division (13) and is now fourth in the all time Premier League list with 91.

    Could he hit the ton this year?

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
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    Paul, Liverpool: I'd just like to point out...we did alright without Suarez this time last year. Nothing's changed.

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein at AnfieldLiverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    "The warm-ups are well under way at an Anfield so chilly that BBC Radio 5 live co-commentator John Hartson is sporting a scarf and ushanka (one of those furry Russian hats).

    "Liverpool received a rapturous ovation as they set foot on the pristine turf ahead of a competitive game for the first time since their underwhelming lap of honour on the final day of last season. That was because their win against Newcastle was rendered irrelevant by Manchester City's victory over West Ham to secure the Premier League title."

  210. 13:08: 
    North of the border- Hearts 0-0 Hibernian (12:30 BST)

    It's catching. Two spot-kicks duffed yesterday and now there has been a missed penalty in Scotland too.

    Hibs midfielder Liam Craig fails from 12 yards and it remains goalless.

    Follow the latest in our Scottish live page.

  211. 13:05: 
    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)
    Paisley Gateway is pictured outside the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield

    Speaking of correct pronunciation, I believe Liverpool new boy Emre Can is Emre 'Chan'. The first TV commentator to attempt to call him that will no doubt get plenty of grief...

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    Mathew Llyr Evans: Would have loved to have seen Emre Can rewarded with a place in the starting XI after a strong pre-season.

    Nick Hamatsos: Looking forward to watching Southampton vs Southampton.

    Leyton Mark: Gutted Lucas is starting. Least impressive player in pre-season. Very confusing decision. Optimism severely affected.

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  213. 13:02: 
    Double Dutch

    With the influx of new signings in the Premier League, maybe we should have a pronunciation lesson from the bods at BBC News. Turns out we've all been saying Louis van Gaal's name wrong for years and years...

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: loo-EE vun KHAAL (-u as in bun, -kh as in Scottish loch)

    Stoke striker Bojan Krkić: BOY-an KUR-kitch (-oy as in boy, -ur as in fur, -tch as in catch)

    Newcastle striker Facundo Ferreyra: fack-OON-doh ferr-AY-ruh (-oo as in moon, -ay as in day)

    West Bromwich Albion striker Brown Ideye: id-AY-ay (-ay as in day)

    Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat: DURR-il YUN-maat (-u as in cut, -y as in yes, -aa as in father)

    Newcastle midfielder Rémy Cabella: ray-MEE kab-el-AA (-ay as in day, -aa as in father)

    QPR defender Mauricio Isla: mow-REE-si-oh EE-sluh (-ow as in now, -s as in sit, -ee as in street)

    Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino: mow-REE-si-oh potch-et-EE-noh (-ow as in now, -s as in sit, -tch as in catch)

    Bone up on your speech with the full guide here. You can call someone out from the seats in style...

  214. 12:55: 
    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    Liverpool's players emerge for their warm-up at Anfield, Rickie Lambert leading them out and warmly applauded by all sides. What a servant he was for Southampton, steering them through the leagues and ending up at the World Cup.

    From beetroot factory to Champions League. His career bears the hallmarks of an implausible Hollywood script, so expect him to score a last-minute winner against his old club today...

  215. 12:47: 
    Talking Tadic- Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)
    Dusan Tadic

    He's been bought in to replace Adam Lallana, but who is Southampton number 11 Dusan Tadic?

    The 25-year-old Serbia international created 133 goalscoring chances in the Dutch Eredivisie last season for FC Twente; 46 more than any other player, and cost Saints nearly £11m. Decent pedigree...

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    Daniel Sturridge and Brendan Rodgers

    Mo, Manchester: Fed up hearing LFC won't score goals without Suarez. Sturridge was the second highest scorer in the league, and Chelsea finished third with the likes of Eto'o, Torres and Ba. Liverpool will finish top four comfortably.

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  217. 12:44: 
    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "We've had a really good pre-season and we can't wait to get the competition started.

    Southampton fans take a selfie outside the ground

    "It's the same outlook for us. We have lost an outstanding player but we have bought in a number of outstanding talents. Our emphasis is to attack the game and work really hard."

    MOTD2 Extra

    Daily Mail chief sports reporter Matt Lawton on the future of former Manchester United manager David Moyes: "I think he goes abroad next. I don't think there are too many opportunities here that will interest him. There's interest from Crystal Palace but, with the greatest respect, I don't think he is ready to drop from Manchester United to Crystal Palace yet."

    You can read Matt's exclusive interview with Moyes in the Mail on Sunday.

    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman on Sky Sports: "I hope this is the perfect place to start. There is a lot of history at Anfield, it's a tough opener but it's the same for everyone.

    "Always you would like more time to train with your new players but it's not like that. We are prepared to play today and I look forward to it. Morgan Schneiderlin has had a good week of training, mentally he is prepared and the team needs him."

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    Chris Branch: I'll celebrate Portsmouth being promoted if we beat Liverpool today.

    Phil Vieira: Gutted Moreno not in squad yet, needs a bit time I guess. Hope Johnson proves me wrong and doesn't let us down.

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  221. 12:41: 
    Team News- Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    In total Liverpool make just four changes from the side which started their last league game in May, and Southampton six. Rotation, but not the completely new-look Xis we could have had.

    Javier Manquillo may well play at right-back for Liverpool, with Glen Johnson on the left.

    David Ornstein at Anfield, BBC SportLiverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)
    Liverpool Southampton team sheet

    David Ornstein: "Lovren/Manquillo start for LFC, Lambert/Can on bench. Schneiderlin starts alongside 4 signings, 2 on bench."

  223. 12:37: 
    Seven Up- Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    Southampton striker Shane Long has been given the number seven shirt vacated by Rickie Lambert by the way. Long at seven?

    I'm not sure about that. In my book a forward at seven has to a mercurial sort of character. He's no Le Tissier is he?

  224. 12:37: 
    Key moments direct to your phone
    BBC Sport push alerts on mobiles

    Want to get your team's line-up as it's announced, goals as they go in and the final result as the referee blows his whistle? Push alerts within the BBC Sport app mean you can follow your team's games as they happen, wherever you are.

    The app is freely available from Google Play for Android devices, the App Store for iPhones, and the UK Amazon Kindle Fire Appstore.

    MOTD2 Extra

    Former Manchester United, Everton and England defender Phil Neville: "Southampton were my team of the year last season but I'm really worried about them this time round. I saw it last season with Tottenham when they brought in so many players. How quickly Southampton integrate these new players into the team will be key to how they will do this season."

    You can watch MOTD2 Extra now on BBC1 and on this page.

  226. 12:35: 
    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)
    The match day scarf is displayed prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton

    Anfield filling up fast for the first game of the Premier League season. Can Ronald Koeman get off to a flier?

  227. 12:33: 
    Team News- Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    Just two new boys in the Liverpool team, ex-Saint Dejan Lovren and new left-back Javier Manquillo. Rickie Lambert is on the bench.

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Sturridge.

    MOTD2 Extra

    Daily Mail chief sports reporter Matt Lawton on Liverpool's hunt for a new striker: "Daniel Sturridge deserves to be the main striker. Of course if they could get Radamel Falcao they would bring him in. But what would that mean for Sturridge? They need a good striker better than Rickie Lambert, but not someone who will displace Sturridge."

    You can watch MOTD2 Extra now on BBC1 and on this page.

  229. 12:32: 
    Team News- Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    There are four debutants in the Southampton XI, while Shane Long is on the bench. Fraser Forster, Ryan Bertrand, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle all wear the stripes for the first time.

    Southampton: Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Pelle.

    Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield
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    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

    Gavin Richmond: I have no idea which NUFC will be on show today! We need a performance vs the Emptyhad lot to get the fans back on board!

    Ada: Liverpool are either going to hit the ground running or fall off the face of the earth like Spurs did when they lost Bale.

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    Garry McCammon: Can't see Liverpool challenging again without Suarez, but they should make top four.

    Oliver Viney: Whilst I enjoy going on about Utd's failing, let's give credit to Swansea who went to Old Trafford and won the game.

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    MOTD2 Extra

    Six-time Manchester United Premier League winner Phil Neville: "Manchester United's defeat to Swansea didn't surprise me. This is a team that finished seventh last season and were without nine players. Yesterday only confirmed that United need to invest and invest well."

    You can watch MOTD2 Extra now on BBC1 and on this page.

  233. 12:19: 
    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)
    The match programme is displayed prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield

    On the last occasion Liverpool finished second in the Premier League (2008-09) they finished outside the top six in the following season (seventh). Raheem Sterling and team-mates will be looking for three points today and to avoid a repeat.

  234. 12:15:  

    Get BBC One on - or watch in this page. It's MOTD2 Extra time.

  235. 12:15: 
    Edinburgh festival of football- Hearts v Hibernian (12:30 BST)

    There's a big game north of the border for you to enjoy this afternoon.

    It's Hearts v Hibs in the second tier, and the headline team news for Hearts fans is that goalkeeper Jack Hamilton starts following injuries to Neil Alexander and Scott Gallacher and the recent signing of Lee Hollis.

    You can follow every tackle, foul, punch and attack in our Scottish live page here.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson
    John Hartson on Twitter

    "My view for the next 4 hours! This is Anfield."

  237. 12:09: 
    Football on BBC TV today
    Swansea City score against Manchester United

    The opening day of the new Premier League season had a bit of everything - shocks, controversy, great goals - and you can catch up with it all on MOTD2 Extra at 12:15 on BBC1 and on this page. Mark Chapman will be joined by Phil Neville, MOTD commentator Steve Wilson and journalist Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail to pick over yesterday's action and all the big talking points.

    Chappers will be back tonight for MOTD2, with guests Neil Lennon and Danny Murphy, for highlights of Newcastle United v Manchester City, and Liverpool v Southampton as well as a look back at Saturday's action.

    MOTD2 starts at 22:25 on BBC1, apart from in Scotland, where it kicks off at 23:20.

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    Andreas Weimann of Aston Villa

    David Hann: Great opening-day result for Villa against our bogey team Stoke. Good transfer business as well. Haven't said that for a long time.

    Yeates: Man Utd obviously need signings, 2 x CB, 1 WB and a CM, but with Woodward I can't see deals happening, he is to blame!

    Keep your thoughts on Saturday's Premier League action coming in to us via text to 81111 (UK only), tweet us at #bbcfootball, post on our Facebook page or message us on our Google+ page.

  239. 12:04: 
    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    Southampton have arrived at Anfield, with Sammy Lee guiding new boss Ronald Koeman to the away dressing room. New striker Shane Long is with them - will he play today?

  240. 12:02: 
    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    It's almost impossible to replace a player like Luis Suarez.

    Brendan Rodgers gave an interesting quote last December, in the wake of his side thrashing Tottenham 5-0, of the problems a side can face when trying to replace a genuine star.

    "Obviously there have been difficulties from Gareth Bale leaving Spurs. It shows you that when you have someone with that X-factor, sometimes eight, nine or 10 players can't replace that," Rodgers said.

    "That was why we fought like tigers to keep Luis Suarez here because he is a top player. There are many good players but very few who perform week in, week out to that level."

    Eight months on, he is finding out exactly how hard it is...

  241. 11:59: 
    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)
    Dejan Lovren
  242. 11:57: 
    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    Brendan Rodgers and his Liverpool team have arrived at Anfield. Good to see the first backroom staff member carrying a pot of tea there.

    We should have team news at half past 12...

  243. 11:53:  
    David Ornstein at Anfield, BBC SportLiverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    "The merchandise stands outside Anfield are doing a roaring trade this morning, none more so than this one trying to shift Liverpool-themed baby grows by using cardboard cut-outs of Brendan Rodgers, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge with dummies in their mouths. Rodgers and his players will be hoping to show a little more maturity on the pitch today."

    Liverpool memorabilia stand
  244. 11:53: 
    When Bob took over

    Last year was a huge step forwards for Liverpool.

    But whatever Brendan Rodgers achieves at Anfield, he is unlikely to surpass the feats of Bob Paisley, who took charge of Liverpool in the league for the first time exactly 40 years ago, with a 2-1 win at Luton on 17 August 1974.

    Bob Paisley embraces Ian Callaghan in 1977

    In his nine seasons in charge, Paisley won six league titles, three European Cups, three League Cups, a Uefa Cup, Super Cup and three Charity Shields. He was also manager of the year on six occasions - an honour won by Rodgers for the first time last season.

    Paisley's 45 years as a player, physiotherapist, coach, assistant manager, manager and director is a unique example of loyalty to one club. Here, we look back at the career of one of the great managers.

    Bob Paisley's record compared to Sir Alex Ferguson's record
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    Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez

    Another player Saints fans won't be seeing in their side today is striker Jay Rodriguez, sidelined for some time by an anterior cruciate ligament injury - but he's wished his team mates well this morning.

    Jay Rodriguez: Good luck to the boys today!

  246. 11:46: 
    Moyes: 'I was never given enough time'
    Mail on Sunday

    David Moyes has given his first interview since his sacking by Manchester United on 22 April, with the Scot claiming the club never gave him enough time to succeed or fail.

    Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Moyes says that following Sir Alex Ferguson was 'near enough the impossible job'. The former Everton manager also reveals that he wanted to sign Cesc Fabregas, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. Oh, and Marouane Fellaini of course.

    Moyes, 51, adds that his dismissal after just 10 months at Old Trafford has not put him off management and is keen to find the right job, whether it be in England or abroad.

  247. 11:41: 
    Honeymoon over for Louis
    Mail on Sunday

    Poor Louis van Gaal. One game in charge of Manchester United, one defeat and a whole heap of criticism.

    Former United midfielder Paul Scholes has wasted no time criticising the Dutchman after Saturday's surprise 2-1 home defeat by Swansea. The Mail on Sunday's back page (above) headline is 'Van Damned'.

    Honeymoon? What honeymoon?

    Meanwhile, the Sunday People (below) claim Van Gaal has banished Nani, Anderson and Wilfried Zaha from his first-team squad 'in a brutal show of power'.

    Sunday People
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    Leo Ulloa

    As well as your thoughts on the rebuilding jobs under way at both Liverpool and Southampton, you can of course have your say on yesterday's events.

    Where next for Manchester United? Or perhaps who next? If your side lost, where did it go wrong?

    Any Leicester fans delighted to be back in the big time? QPR fans, just lacking that killer touch?

    Fire away.

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  249. 11:40:  
    David Ornstein at Anfield, BBC Sport'Dream again'- Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)
    Brendan Rodgers

    "There's a noticeable buzz around Anfield as Premier League football returns to this famous old ground for the first time since the club came so close to landing a first title in 24 years last season.

    "Manager Brendan Rodgers uses his programme notes to welcome his eight new signings, wish well the two most high-profile departures - Luis Suarez and Pepe Reina - and warn 'there is still much more to come from us, even better times lie ahead'. Rodgers admits this has been a summer of 'transition' but explains that the money Liverpool have spent on new acquisitions will equip them well for the 'present and future'. His message to the supporters is clear: 'I hope we as a group can make you dream again'.

  250. 11:39: 
    Saturday Superhouse

    So Swansea and Manchester United dominate the headlines, but it was also a fine opening day to the new season for Leicester, Hull and Aston Villa, while Tottenham and Arsenal will be pleased to end the day with all three points.

    You can recap all of the match results and reports here.

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Old TraffordMore needed at United- Man Utd 1-2 Swansea

    "What is not in doubt is that new players are needed at Manchester United but, in the meantime, at least some old favourites are on their way back.

    "Robin van Persie was not considered fit enough to feature against Swansea because he reported back late from the World Cup, but Louis van Gaal confirmed he is "closer to selection now".

    "When that happens, and also when the promised signings are made, maybe the slogan on the scarves will be true after all. Until then, it appears not even 'King Louis' can make the difference that the United fans demand."

    Read more from Bevo here.

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    Chad Chickerell, Antrim, NI: I think Liverpool have bought well on the whole, but probably needed to add more experience than they did. They have time, but will struggle for top 4 as it stands.

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  253. 11:36: 
    Man Utd 1-2 Swansea

    New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said his players' confidence would be "smashed" after the worst possible start to his reign at Old Trafford.

    United, who won six friendlies under Van Gaal in pre-season, began their Premier League campaign with a shock 2-1 home defeat by Swansea.

    Van Gaal said: "When you have preparation, win everything, then lose your first match, it cannot be worse.

    "We have built up a lot of confidence. It will be smashed because of this."

    Big words...

  254. 11:35: 
    Opening-day nerves?
    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    It was quite the opening day for the Premier League on Saturday.

    Is Manchester United's new boss the same as the old boss?

    It would be flippant to jump to such a conclusion after one game but Louis van Gaal's debut at Old Trafford did not go well.

    Swansea picked up their first ever league win at the Theatre of Dreams - a nickname that is in serious danger of needing an overhaul...

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    Kev the King: Suarez is a loss, but one player doesn't win the league - it's about the collective. LFC have that, and now they have depth.

    Simon Philp: Feel like we might have the same problem as Tottenham last year with too many signings straight into the first team.

    Richard Parfitt: I'll laugh myself silly if Southampton beat Liverpool today

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  256. 11:28: 
    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)
    Ronald Koeman

    It could be an even newer-look Southampton XI.

    As well as Liverpool-bound trio Lambert, Lallana and Lovren, the Saints have said goodbye over the summer to Luke Shaw, Dani Osvaldo and Calum Chambers, while midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin still wants out and manager Mauricio Pochettino jumped ship for Spurs.

    In have come Celtic keeper Fraser Forster, Shane Long, Graziano Pelle, Dusan Tadic and Florin Gardos, with Ronald 'he's going to flick one!" Koeman in charge.

    All change then...

  257. 11:21: 
    So long Suarez- Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)
    Luis Suarez

    Controversial. Unpredictable. Brilliant.

    Seeing Liverpool play without their talismanic number seven may take some getting used to for Liverpool fans as they begin life without Luis Suarez this afternoon.

    You can't replace a talent like that, but you can build a squad on the back of his £75m transfer fee.

    Brendan Rodgers has already invested around £90m on Southampton trio Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren, Benfica winger Lazar Markovic, Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can and striker Divock Origi from Lille, with "one or two more" potentially arriving before the transfer window closes.

    Origi has been loaned back to the French side but it could still be a new-look Liverpool XI today.

  258. 11:17: 
    Today's fixtures

    The Southampton Old Boys' reunion at Anfield is our first Premier League game of the day, before the champions are back in action...

    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    Newcastle v Manchester City (16:00 BST)

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    Liverpool and Southampton have both been busy in the transfer market ahead of today's meeting.

    But are the squads in a better place now, or worse, than May? Who will be the biggest loss? And do they still need to strengthen?

    Let us know.

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  260. 11:09: 
    3-for-2 offers- Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)
    Rickie Lambert

    It's safe to say that when Brendan Rodgers was planning his summer purchases, he had one store in mind: Saints.

    First he raided Southampton for Scouse striker Rickie Lambert, picking up the experienced targetman for a bargain £4m.

    Then playmaker Adam Lallana moved to Anfield, the Reds splashing out £25m on the England man. And finally centre-half Dejan Lovren moved north for around £20m.

    Good business for both clubs? Or are the Saints now in real trouble?

  261. 11:05: 
    Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard unwittingly served up one of the defining quotes of the Premier League era when his post-match huddle was caught on camera in April.

    Liverpool, of course, did let their lead at the top of the Premier League slip. And Gerrard did, of course, slip to allow Chelsea striker Demba Ba to score a key goal in the title race.

    Gerrard will now forever be associated with the line - unless he can guide Liverpool to the title after all. Today they begin their campaign against a Southampton side missing some familiar faces...

  262. 11:00: 
    "We go again..."- Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)
    Kevin Keegan

    "And I'll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them. Love it." (Keegan, K. 1996)

    Jose Mourinho

    "Please don't call me arrogant because what I am saying is true. I am European champion so I am not one of the bottle. I think I am the special one." (Mourinho, J. 2004)

    Tim Flowers

    "Don't talk to me about bottle, don't talk to me about bottling it, cos that's bottle out there. That's quality players out there, giving their all … we're gonna fight to the death, cos we've got bottle … all we can say is we'll give exactly what we've given today, exactly what we've given all season, and that's 100% bottle." (Flowers, T. 1995)

    Steven Gerrard

    "This does not slip now! We go again!" (Gerrard, S. 2014)

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 17 Aug 2014 UK

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
Moving up 1 Man City 1 2 3
Moving down 2 Arsenal 1 1 3
Moving up 3 Liverpool 1 1 3
Moving down 4 Swansea 1 1 3
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