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Liverpool Scrape Past Southampton

English Premier League 

Result: Southampton 1-2 Liverpool 

Date: 17 August 2019

Venue: St Mary's Stadium

Liverpool made it two wins from two in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Southampton at Saint Mary's on Saturday.
 
In the ninth minute, Che Adams latched onto a ball over the top and was in on goal but Adrian was off his line well to deny the Saints striker.
 
The home side were playing the better of the two sides and controlling the game well. In the 23rd minute, Maya Yoshida got a free header to divert a corner goalwards but Adrian made the save from point-blank range.
 
In the 33rd minute, Mohamed Salah was sent through and curved his run from the centre to the left to meet the ball inside the box but he snatched at his half-volley, though, and sent it high and wide.
 
The Reds took the lead against the run of play in first-half stoppage time. Sadio Mane received the ball from James Milner on the left, dropped his shoulder to beat his man and curled a wonderful strike into the top-right corner.
 
In the 56th minute, Salah was played clean through on the right and into the box, opened his body up and shot across goal with his left, but Angus Gunn was out well and denied him with an outstretched leg.
 
In the 65th minute, Mane raced onto a ball down the left with his searing pace and curled a low ball into the box for Roberto Firmino to meet. The Brazilian opened his body up to guide it into the far corner, but he placed it just wide.
 
Firmino made it 2-0 in the 71st minute. It was sloppy play at the back and Mane pinched it before feeding Firmino just inside the box. He ghosted past a few players on the edge of the area before guiding the ball into the bottom-left corner past Gunn.
 
Adrian then made a howler of a mistake to give the Saints a glimmer of hope. There was no danger as Van Dijk played the ball back to Adrian in acres of space. He took an age to play it as Danny Ings closed him down and ended up passing the ball straight off the Southampton striker and into his own net.
 
Southampton pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages, but Jurgen Klopp's side held on for the three points.
 

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