Southampton vs. Liverpool: 6 Things We Learned

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Southampton vs. Liverpool: 6 Things We Learned
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Liverpool came back down to earth with a bump at St. Mary's, as a run of four straight wins was ended in fine style by an excellent Southampton side who beat them 3-1.

The Reds struggled from the moment that Morgan Schneiderlin slid the Saints into the lead in just the sixth minute—from then on, Brendan Rodgers' side battled on but ultimately fell two goals behind when Rickie Lambert's free-kick deflected into the net.

Philippe Coutinho smashed Liverpool back into the game on the stroke of half-time with a goal that convinced many that a victory, which would have been crucial to European hopes, was back on—but with Luis Suarez and his teammates left frustrated, Jay Rodriguez waltzed through the visitors' defence to seal victory with 10 minutes remaining.

Here are some lessons learned from a difficult afternoon for the Reds:

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