Southampton and Liverpool fought out an entertaining game in the Premier League on Saturday, with the away side triumphing 3-0.
At half-time it was the Reds who led 1-0 thanks to a Luis Suarez strike, but the Saints had plenty of their own chances. After half-time Liverpool took control, Raheem Sterling scoring with his first touch after coming on and then Steven Gerrard scoring a last-minute penalty.
|Southampton Player Ratings|
|Liverpool Player Ratings|
Quick first half analysis:
Boruc—Couldn't do much about the goal. Has been calm on the ball under pressure.
Chambers—Gets forward well but needs more end product when crossing or passing in final third.
Fonte—Has marshalled Suarez well in parts other than two moments—one of which ended as a goal.
Lovren—A little slow in tracking runs when forwards drop off deep.
Shaw—Really using space well down the left flank. A constant outlet.
Schneiderlin—Has grown into the game as it has progressed.
Cork—Mainly neat in possession and has been good at winning the ball back for his side.
Rodriguez—Good movement causing Liverpool problems but should have scored near end of first half.
Lallana—Best player on the park. Causing issues everywhere for the away side.
Davis—Not really involved as much as he'd like. Awkward in possession out wide.
Lambert—Holds the ball up well and links with the midfielders well.
Mignolet—One or two terrific saves to keep his side ahead.
Flanagan—Is getting beaten by Southampton's pace down their left.
Skrtel—Quick to win back the ball in passing moves, but not so much when played into Lambert.
Agger—Aggressive in his defensive work at times but Saints' attackers' movement is too much for the whole Liverpool defence.
Johnson—Has been largely impressive though a little lax in possession.
Gerrard—Certainly isn't protecting the defence or controlling Lallana enough so far.
Henderson—Covering a lot of ground but not involved much for his side.
Allen—Has done well on the ball and could be used more on the counter. Working back hard.
Coutinho—Lost possession constantly in the opening 20 minutes. Has barely touched the ball thereafter.
Sturridge—Had a very good start and looked threatening, but Liverpool haven't given him any chances in the box.
Suarez—Liverpool's biggest threat again with his movement. Well taken goal.
Quick second half analysis
Boruc—Made the odd save and passed the ball well but could do nothing about the goals.
Chambers—Defended very well, was unable to get forward much after half-time.
Fonte—Did largely well up until the last 20 minutes or so when Liverpool blitzed Saints' defence.
Lovren—At the top level, one mistake will catch you out. Lovren gambled on intercepting the ball on Suarez, lost, and Liverpool scored their second.
Shaw—Not as effective in the second half, prevented from raiding forward.
Schneiderlin—Shackled in possession after the break.
Davis—Subbed at the break.
Lallana—Couldn't find the same spaces as in the first half. Liverpool negated his threat well.
Rodriguez—Forced wider in search of space, one shot well off target.
Lambert—Couldn't get the ball in the area for shots and unable to link up due to reduced space.
Mignolet—Really good performance. Good saves, punched well, kept a good clean sheet.
Flanagan—Improved second half. Defended his line well and passed with more composure.
Skrtel—Defended well against aerial balls.
Agger—An improved performance brings a clean sheet for the Reds. Strong defensively all-round.
Johnson—Strange performance of very good defensive work and poor decision-making on the ball.
Gerrard—Much better after the break, won the ball, closed out space and a wonderful penalty.
Henderson—Energetic, worked well between the lines, important defensively.
Allen—Excellent game. Broke up Southampton's play, moved the ball out of defence, did everything in his midfield role.
Coutinho—Poor on the ball again and substituted early on.
Suarez—Another excellent all-round performance. A goal, an assist, top of both charts. Also won the penalty.
Sturridge—Will be frustrated not to have scored but played his part in good buildup work and worked the channels well.