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Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Nathaniel Clyne
Nathaniel Clyne headed wide when unmarked late on, spurning the chance to give Liverpool the win over Southampton.

Liverpool remain top of the Premier League despite failing to score for only the third time this season in their goalless draw against Southampton.

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane twice went close to opening the scoring on his return to St Mary's before the break, only to be denied by a superb Fraser Forster save and Virgil van Dijk's last-ditch block.

Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino missed good chances when clear on goal, while another former Saint, Nathaniel Clyne, headed wide late on.

Perhaps affected by the international break, Liverpool lacked the fluency that has characterised their impressive start to the season.

However, they were also met with a resolute Southampton defence.

The hosts had chances of their own, with Charlie Austin heading Cedric Soares' cross wide, but defeat would have been harsh on Liverpool who remain ahead of second-placed Manchester City by virtue of scoring more goals.

Old boys fail to sparkle on return

Sadio Mane
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane was left frustrated on his return to former club Southampton

This fixture has gained added interest in recent years, with Liverpool spending almost £100m on buying some of Southampton's best players.

Croatia centre-back Lovren, who cost the Reds £20m when he moved from the South Coast, is one of those players and he enjoyed a relatively comfortable afternoon.

Right-back Clyne was a constant threat on the overlap, only to spurn the chance to punish his former side by heading substitute Daniel Sturridge's cross well wide on 80 minutes.

Lively Senegal forward Mane came close to ensuring a triumphant return for the Saints' old boys but his curling first-time effort from Georginio Wijnaldum's pass was tipped over brilliantly by Forster.

The impressive Van Dijk also made a crucial block before Mane faded after the break.

It was perhaps Adam Lallana - the former Saint who was not on the pitch - whose absence was most keenly felt by Liverpool.

The in-form midfielder was injured on England duty during the week and Liverpool lacked the cohesion he brings to their prolific attacking triumvirate.

Laboured Liverpool, solid Saints

Southampton kept their opponents quiet in the first half, despite the previous three meetings between the two sides producing 14 goals.

Liverpool only burst into life following Mane's two chances at the end of the first 45, and that marked the start of a flurry of Liverpool chances after the break.

Coutinho took an unusually laboured touch when clear through to allow Jose Fonte to recover, before the Brazilian turned provider with a deft throughball to Firmino, only for his compatriot to poke wide when unmarked 10 yards out.

Liverpool, however, will be pleased to secure only their second clean sheet of the season against a Saints side who did not register a single shot on target.

Despite breaking Liverpool's own winning streak of four games, a point means Saints are now without a win in four Premier League games.

Man of the match: Virgil van Dijk (Southampton)

Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk had the better of his tussle with Roberto Firmino at St Mary's

The Dutch defender had one nervy moment, appearing to pull Firmino's shirt on the edge of the area to prevent the Brazilian going through, but referee Mark Clattenburg quickly waved away Liverpool's protests.

Otherwise he was excellent, making a key block on former team-mate Mane and ensuring his fellow defenders were never overwhelmed by Liverpool's attacking talents.

Liverpool's attack blunted for a second time

  • Two of Liverpool's last five top-flight games have ended in goalless draws, after just one in the previous 37 under Jurgen Klopp.
  • Southampton failed to register a single shot on target in a Premier League game for the first time since 28 December 2004, also against Liverpool.
  • The Reds kept a clean sheet for the first time in their last 12 Premier League away games.
  • Southampton have failed to score in consecutive home top-flight games for the first time since February 2015 (three in total in that run).

What they said

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "We could have won the game, but in the end I am happy with performance. It was an away game at Southampton and a good performance - with a clean sheet.

"Usually you lose in game like this, because body language is such you end up doing something different and giving one chance away and they score.

"When you are ready for work then you deserve the minimum of a draw. Not the best day in our life, but for sure not the worst.

"It is tight at the top but not only for us. That is good. All teams are the same. This league is tough and we are here because of this and we like it."

Southampton boss Claude Puel: "I think it was a good performance today. We played against a very good team with good players.

"It was difficult to play against them because they work very well with a lot of the ball. So it was important to keep discipline to get a point.

"We have 15 international players and it is difficult to work without these players during the break. However, what we showed was a good spirit, attitude and discipline. We tried to play good football but it was difficult against this team."

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 1Forster
  • 2Cédric SoaresBooked at 61mins
  • 6José Fonte
  • 17van Dijk
  • 21Bertrand
  • 23HøjbjergSubstituted forReedat 78'minutes
  • 14Romeu
  • 8Davis
  • 22Redmond
  • 10AustinSubstituted forRodriguezat 75'minutes
  • 19BoufalSubstituted forLongat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Yoshida
  • 4Clasie
  • 7Long
  • 9Rodriguez
  • 15Martina
  • 18Reed
  • 28Taylor

Liverpool

  • 1Karius
  • 2Clyne
  • 32Matip
  • 6Lovren
  • 7Milner
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 14Henderson
  • 23CanSubstituted forSturridgeat 78'minutes
  • 19ManéSubstituted forOrigiat 90+1'minutes
  • 11Roberto Firmino
  • 10CoutinhoBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 15Sturridge
  • 16Grujic
  • 17Klavan
  • 18Moreno
  • 21Leiva
  • 22Mignolet
  • 27Origi
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
31,848

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home3
Away15
Shots on Target
Home0
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 0, Liverpool 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 0, Liverpool 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Divock Origi replaces Sadio Mané.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Oriol Romeu.

Attempt blocked. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge.

Hand ball by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

Attempt missed. James Milner (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Harrison Reed replaces Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Emre Can.

Booking

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

Nathan Redmond (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Emre Can (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez replaces Charlie Austin.

Hand ball by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Cédric Soares.

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Cédric Soares.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Sofiane Boufal.

Attempt missed. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

Attempt missed. Emre Can (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

José Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Cédric Soares (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cédric Soares (Southampton).

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cédric Soares with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Charlie Austin.

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

Offside, Liverpool. Nathaniel Clyne tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool1283130141627
2Man City1283127111627
3Chelsea118122691725
4Arsenal1274125121325
5Tottenham126601881024
6Man Utd125431714319
7Everton125431614219
8Watford125341720-318
9Bournemouth124351416-215
10Southampton123541212014
11Burnley114251115-414
12West Brom113441215-313
13Stoke123451319-613
14Leicester123361420-612
15Middlesbrough112541012-211
16Crystal Palace123271721-411
17West Ham123271323-1011
18Hull123181027-1710
19Sunderland122281221-98
20Swansea121381122-116
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