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The media on Southampton 1-2 LFC: 'Mane the game-changer'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 11:00

Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino netted superb strikes as Liverpool claimed a hard-fought 2-1 win at Southampton on Saturday.

Ex-Red Danny Ings pulled a late goal back for the Saints but the Reds held on to claim three points.

Here is what the media made of the victory…

Neil Jones, Goal.com

It’s always the ones you love that hurt you the most. Southampton know all about Mane but, at St Mary’s on Saturday, they got a painful reminder of their former star’s quality. Liverpool, his new love, left the south coast with three points and their perfect start to the Premier League season intact after a 2-1 victory that was more rugged than stylish, but nothing if not important. No Super Cup hangover for Jürgen Klopp’s side, who just about shrugged off their midweek workload. They’ll play better this season, for sure, but they won’t get many better wins, given the context. Mane, though, was the game-changer – just as he had been against Chelsea in the week. His brilliant strike, a minute into first-half stoppage time, broke open a game that looked like it might pass Liverpool by. After the break, as the visitors found more of their rhythm, it was the Senegal man who stood above everyone else. If there's a better wide attacker in the game right now, he's well hidden.

Connor Dunn, Liverpool Echo

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a player Liverpool fans have been excited to see back in action since his unfortunate injury saw him miss almost the entirety of last season. The travelling Kop got a first taste of what their side had been missing without the midfielder in Liverpool’s Super Cup triumph over Chelsea in Istanbul when he played a wonderful ball with the outside of his boot to Mohamed Salah early on in the match. The England international was making his first Premier League start since the Reds’ 3-0 win against Bournemouth in April 2018 and he was back in his preferred midfield position. It made a huge difference playing the England international in an area of the pitch that he knows so well, as he thrived down on the south coast linking the play between defence and attack superbly well with a skill set Reds fans have been crying out for.

Tom Morgan, Telegraph

Mane - the old hero of St Mary's - stuck the knife in. Yet again it was a demonstration of devastating left-sided Liverpool attacking play, a John Barnes-style pearler. The biggest source of optimism for Klopp will undoubtedly be the second-half performance of Oxlade-Chamberlain who started consecutive games for the first time in more than a year. He was withdrawn at the half-way stage against Chelsea in midweek, but he sparkled in the second half, with neat flicks and long-range passes. "Outstanding" was the manager's evaluation.

Tony Evans, Independent

Mane’s brilliance took the sting out of Southampton for most of the second period. Andy Robertson and James Milner exchanged passes on congested left flank and the ball was fed in to Mane. The striker opened his body and curled a shot into the far corner. Southampton looked stunned. Now Klopp’s team were on top and Liverpool could easily have extended their lead when Salah shot straight at Angus Gunn from an acute angle. Then Mane imposed himself again, winning possession from a Southampton throw-in and finding Firmino in the area. The Brazilian wriggled across the box until he found a little space and then arrowed a low shot into the net. Liverpool held on in a rousing finish. Hasenhüttl will be sick, Klopp relieved. Liverpool underwent a severe test.

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The media on Southampton 1-2 LFC: 'Mane the game-changer'

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 11:00
Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino netted superb strikes as Liverpool claimed a hard-fought 2-1 win at Southampton on Saturday.
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Liverpool's Striking Stars Shine to Sink SaintsSouthampton v Liverpool Preview - Tough trip for Reds...

Anfield Index.com - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 10:05

Liverpool equalled a club record 11 consecutive Premier League wins with a 2-1 victory away to Southampton.

Goals from Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino saw the Reds lead 2-0 before Danny Ings punished a massive Adrian blunder late in the second half. 

Showing some residual impact from their 120 minute long energy-sapping Super Cup victory over Chelsea midweek, Jurgen Klopp’s men started slowly but eventually hit their straps and clinched a deserved win over their motivated opponents. 

From the get-go, The Saints were keen to not show the European Champions too much respect.

This aggressiveness informed their tactics as they gave Liverpool a taste of their strategical medicine by employing an orchestrated high press. 

James Ward Prowse personified Southampton’s ambitions early on as his long busting run closed down Adrian and blocked down the Spaniards attempted clearance. 

Jurgen Klopp’s charges were hemmed in their own half by the Saints’ press and struggled to release themselves from the almost ceaseless pressure from the hosts. 

Both Maya Yoshida and Che Adams should have capitalized on Ralf Hassenhutl’s men’s ascendancy, but they headed good chances straight at and over Adrian’s crossbar. 

The Saint Mary’s side would soon live to regret their penalty box toothlessness, however, as Mané expertly gave Liverpool a scantily deserved lead.

Against his former club, the Senegalese star collected the ball from Milner just inside the box and curled a beautiful effort into Angus Gunn’s top corner. 

Buoyed by the lead, The Reds started the second period in fine fashion in a manner that contrasted greatly with their first showing. 

James Milner’s deflected volley drifted narrowly wide with Gunn looking like he was beaten. 

Moments later, Mohamed Salah ought to have scored as his low left-footed strike from inside the box was saved by the increasingly busy Gunn in Saints goal.

Southampton looked powerless to prevent the visitors from taking a hold of the game and Firmino should have taken it away from them after a wonderfully orchestrated passing move.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s pass released Mané down the left flank and the number ten’s accurate cross was steered wide of the right-hand post by the Brazilian when he should have scored. 

It didn’t take long, however, for the European Champions to rubber-stamp their second-half dominance. 

Firmino, making amends for his earlier miss, collected the ball from Mané — who had pilfered a Saints player near their own box — before driving into the box and expertly firing low past Gunn into the bottom left corner. 

With the result now a formality, Liverpool opened up their box of tricks. Andrew Robertson, who was impressive throughout, drew an excellent near-post save from Gunn after being teed up by Mané’s audacious flick. 

The Reds looked comfortable throughout the second period but handed the initiative back to the hosts when Adrian was punished for dawdling on the ball.

With options and time aplenty on the ball after a van Dijk back pass, the former West Ham keeper hesitated before passing the ball straight off Danny Ings — the second player to score against his former club — and into his own net. 

Ings should have drew Southampton level moments later, but the England international inexplicably fired wide at the back post following Yann Valery’s cross as the Reds descended from ascendancy to anxiety. 

The hosts huffed and puffed in the final few minutes, but Liverpool held on for what was, overall, a deserved three points. 

Team: Adrian; Alexander Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner, Oxlade Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mané. 

Subs used: Henderson for Oxlade Chamberlain, Origi for Salah, Henderson for Milner. 

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Jürgen Klopp sets Liverpool record after Southampton win

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 10:00

Liverpool's 2-1 victory over Southampton on Saturday saw Jürgen Klopp amass 300 league points in fewer games than any manager in the club's history.

The trip to St Mary's was the German's 146th league match in charge of the Reds since taking over in October 2015.

The three points claimed after goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino helped Klopp surpass the mark previously set by Sir Kenny Dalglish, who reached the threshold in 150 fixtures.

Club statistician Ged Rea has broken down the numbers based on three points for a win.

Number of games to reach 300 league points

Jürgen Klopp – 146 (17/8/19)

Kenny Dalglish (first spell) – 150 (14/3/89)

Rafael Benitez – 159 (5/10/08)

Bob Paisley – 161 (8/4/78)

Bill Shankly – 166 (30/11/63)

Gerard Houllier – 169 (8/3/03)

Tom Watson – 197 (6/9/02)

Matt McQueen – 205 (2/1/28)

George Kay – 212 (25/8/48)

George Patterson – 220 (27/12/32)

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Jürgen Klopp sets Liverpool record after Southampton win

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 10:00
Liverpool's 2-1 victory over Southampton on Saturday saw Jürgen Klopp amass 300 league points in fewer games than any manager in the club's history.
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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 10:00

Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.

For more information on these activities, and the work of the two organisations, follow @LFCFoundation and @Red_Neighbours on Twitter or click here.

Monday August 19     

Inclusion Camp

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 10am-5pm

Women and Girl’s Football Camp

Woodchurch High School Sports Complex - 9.30am-3pm

Premier League Girls Football session

Woodchurch High School Sports Complex - 6pm-7pm (age 13+)

Kicks Football Summer Roadshow sessions

The Youthy, Huyton - 5pm-6pm (age 8-10), 6pm-7pm (age 11-15)
Walton Hall Park - 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)

Open Goals

Springfield Park and Garden - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Tuesday August 20

Kicks Football Summer Roadshow sessions

Adlam Activity Centre, Fazakerley - 5pm-6pm (age 8-10), 6pm-7pm (age 11-15)

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 3pm-4pm

Open Goals

Seaforth in Bowersdale Park (meet at Bowersdale Resource Centre) - 5pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Premier League Girls Football session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 13+)

Women and Girl’s Football Camp

Woodchurch High School Sports Complex - 9.30am-3pm

Wednesday August 21     

Kicks Football Summer Roadshow sessions

Westvale Community Centre, Kirkby - 5pm-6pm (age 8-10), 6pm-7pm (age 11-15)

Open Goals

Crosby in Coronation Park (meet at Alchemy Crosby Youth & Community Centre) - 4.30pm-5.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Thursday August 22           

Kicks Football Summer Roadshow sessions

Belle Vale Park - 6pm-7pm (age 8-10), 7pm-8pm (age 11-15)
Jubilee Sports Park, Kensington - 5pm-6pm (age 8-10), 6pm-7pm (age 11-15)

Open Goals

Jubilee Sports Bank, Kensington - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)
Belle Vale Park - 5pm-7pm

Friday August 23

Kicks Football Summer Roadshow sessions

Croxteth Health & Wellbeing Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 8-10), 7pm-8pm (age 11-15)
Wavertree Sports Park – 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11am-12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Netball

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11.30am-12.30pm

Open Goals

Rice Lane Recreation Ground - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Inclusion Sports Day

LFC Academy, Kirkby - 10am-3pm

Family Fun Day

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11am-3pm 

Saturday August 24    

Open Goals

Stanley Park (meet at Isla Gladstone) - 12pm-3pm (age 5+ and parents)
Newsham Park - 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Norris Green Park (meet by playground) - 1.30pm-3.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Crown Park, Edge Hill - 1pm-2.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Garston Park  - 3pm-5pm (age 5+ and parents)

Sunday August 18   

Open Goals    

Walton Hall Park – 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Belle Vale Park – 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Doric Park - 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 10:00
Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.
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Sadio Mane explains Southampton strike

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 08:00

Sadio Mane planned his emphatic opening strike against Southampton on Saturday before even receiving the ball from James Milner.

The Liverpool forward struck for the third time in the past two matches in first-half stoppage-time at St Mary’s, where the Reds went on to win 2-1.

Collecting Milner’s pass just inside the Saints area, Mane held off the attentions of the opposition defence and powerfully whipped a finish into the top corner.

“I thought it was really open between two defenders,” the No.10 told Liverpoolfc.com.

“So when I saw Millie I knew he was going to give me the ball, then I saw the man, no-one was close to me, they stood off and I tried to go a bit outside and put the ball inside.”

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Despite returning to training less than a fortnight ago, Mane has made a hugely impressive start to the 2019-20 campaign.

The Senegal international notched a double in the UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea, then added an assist for Roberto Firmino to his own effort at Southampton.

“I’ve been working so hard and will keep on working hard,” he said, when asked to rate his current level of form.

“That’s it, I’m just trying to do everything to help my team. And, at the end of the day, the important thing is the three points.”

Liverpool shrugged off a tight turnaround between their exertions over 120 minutes and a penalty shootout in Istanbul on Wednesday and the need to perform again on Saturday.

Mane insisted their success in maintaining a 100 per cent start in the Premier League was as much in the mind as in the physical effort.

“We know it’s part of our job,” he added.

“After playing 120 minutes in midweek it wasn’t too easy but we have to do it and we tried to recover well, come back stronger and try to give everything to try to win the games.

“I think the tiredness is here [points to his head]. It was a really important three points, really important.”

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Sadio Mane explains Southampton strike

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 08:00
Sadio Mane planned his emphatic opening strike against Southampton on Saturday before even receiving the ball from James Milner.
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Southampton 1-2 LFC: Watch highlights, reaction and more

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Southampton 1-2 LFC: Watch highlights, reaction and more

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 23:59
Watch the goals, highlights, reaction and more from Liverpool's 2-1 Premier League win at Southampton.
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Oxlade-Chamberlain interview: 'It's so nice to be able to contribute again'

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 19:29
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was delighted to contribute significantly for Liverpool again in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League win at Southampton.
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Oxlade-Chamberlain interview: 'It's so nice to be able to contribute again'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 19:29

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was delighted to contribute significantly for Liverpool again in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League win at Southampton.

The midfielder made his first league start since April 14, 2018 against one of his former clubs and performed strongly to help make it six points out of six for Jürgen Klopp’s team.

After the final whistle confirmed a hard-fought result secured by Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino goals, Oxlade-Chamberlain explained the emotion of being at the heart of a victory.

“It was nice to be back out there. In a winning performance is always nice as well,” the No.15 told Liverpoolfc.com at St Mary’s.

“In the first half I felt my way into it a bit and got to grips with what’s what. You have to play off triggers; so when Trent [Alexander-Arnold] gets the ball, it’s about getting back into rhythm with my movements off him and Mo [Salah] and the rest of the team. I think in the second half I settled into a bit better.

“I had an alright game, a decent game but the main thing was I wanted to make sure I focused on the defensive duties and making sure I was putting in the work and had the legs to help the boys. I’m glad we did that as a team.

“On a personal level, it’s nice for me, it has been a while since I started but I’m delighted that I could help contribute to the team because that’s what I’ve missed so much, being able to contribute and help this set of players to achieve things. It was really nice to be back out there.”

There were fewer than 72 hours between Liverpool’s energy-sapping UEFA Super Cup success in Istanbul and kick-off on the south coast on Saturday.

But Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed that the mentality in the squad ahead of the game meant nobody would allow fatigue to influence their display.

“We knew it was going to be a tough ask but we said straight after the game [in midweek] there were no excuses about playing 120 minutes for some of the lads or travel,” he said.

“The fixtures are there and you’ve got to go and win them. We didn’t want to come off the pitch with any excuses as to why we didn’t get the right result.

“We suffered in patches but we managed to come through them, which we knew was going to happen and we knew we had to do, so that’s really positive.

“We played some really good stuff in parts as well. We were under the cosh a bit at the end. But it was absolutely brilliant from the boys; after a big midweek, to come and do that at a tough place [shows] what we’re made of.”

A scrappy opening 45 minutes was highlighted by Mane’s outstanding curler to open the scoring just moments before half-time.

Watch free: Mane's screamer against Southampton

Liverpool improved after the break and doubled their advantage through Firmino, but a late Danny Ings response for Saints – an Adrian clearance striking the former Reds man and going into the net – kept the contest alive until the final whistle.

Oxlade-Chamberlain felt the visitors merited the three points for the way they dug in, though.

“At 2-0 that’s as comfortable as you’d probably feel in an away game at a place like this; we were controlling the game, keeping the ball well, creating chances,” the Englishman reflected.

“You can concede a goal and everything just flips like that. But you’ve got to expect that throughout the season and you’ve got to be able to withstand those moments.

“They had a few chances, they could have scored perhaps but we probably had more that we could have scored as well. So overall, on the balance of the play we deserved the win.

“The boys had to dig in deep, it was brilliant character from us. That’s what this team is made of and we’re going to have to keep doing that.”

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Watch all the goals and highlights as Liverpool win 2-1 at Southampton

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 19:20

Liverpool produced another hit-and-miss display as they secured a 2-1 win at Southampton on Sunday, to keep their 100 percent record in the Premier League intact.

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The Reds began the season with a 4-1 victory over Norwich at Anfield, but defensive frailties were apparent in both that and the UEFA Super Cup triumph over Chelsea in midweek.

Similar could be said of this weekend’s trip to St Mary’s, with injury to Alisson and the instalment of Adrian as stand-in stopper doing little to calm the nerves.

It was a difficult first half in Hampshire, but fortunately Sadio Mane kicked into gear in stoppage time, firing a brilliant curled effort beyond Angus Gunn to make it 1-0.

And Jurgen Klopp clearly had words in the dressing room, as Liverpool emerged for the second 45 a different beast, pushing relentlessly for a second.

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson all had fine chances to double the lead, but Gunn’s saves and poor finishing kept the lead a slim one.

Eventually, however, Firmino was able to fire past the ex-Man City youngster to give the Reds command of the tie, cutting inside and sending the ball low into the bottom corner.

That was not to be the last of the drama, though, as Adrian‘s shaky performance ultimately led to a shocking error from the Spaniard.

Receiving the ball from Virgil van Dijk‘s routine back pass, the No. 13 contrived to kick it straight at Danny Ings as he pressed in the six-yard box, handing Southampton a way back into the game.

Fortunately it came too late, and Liverpool were able to hold on, with three points theirs as they return to Merseyside.

But with Arsenal to come next Saturday night, there were clear warning signs that need be to addressed.

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Free video: Sadio Mane's brilliant strike against Southampton

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 18:59

Sadio Mane's brilliant opening goal in Saturday's win at Southampton is available to watch free on LFCTV GO now.

The Liverpool forward slammed in a curler in first-half stoppage-time to set his side on course for a 2-1 victory at St Mary's.

And you can see the stunning effort in the video above simply by registering with LFCTV GO free of charge.

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Free video: Sadio Mane's brilliant strike against Southampton

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Klopp laughs off Adrian error

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 18:09
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"Minute 83, Adrian thought, 'I've played really well so I have to make a mistake like Alisson did'," jokes Jurgen Klopp

Last Updated: 17/08/19 11:10pm

Jurgen Klopp laughed off Adrian's mistake in Liverpool's 2-1 win at Southampton Jurgen Klopp laughed off Adrian's mistake in Liverpool's 2-1 win at Southampton Jurgen Klopp laughed off Adrian's mistake in Liverpool's 2-1 win at Southampton

Jurgen Klopp laughed off goalkeeper Adrian's error against Southampton as following in regular number-one Alisson's footsteps.

Adrian's clearance, which struck Danny Ings before going in, ended up only costing Liverpool a clean sheet in their 2-1 win.

However, Klopp may have been in less jovial mood had former Reds striker Ings made a good connection on a late Yan Valery cross, with the Saints man missing the glorious chance to level.

Adrian had been a doubt to play at St Mary's because of an injury suffered when a fan knocked him over while celebrating Liverpool's Super Cup win on Wednesday night, but passed a late fitness test to start ahead of 35-year-old stand-in Andy Lonergan.

"Minute 83, Adrian thought, 'I've played really well so I have to make a mistake like Ali did and keep the game a little bit open'," Klopp joked.

2:59 Highlights from Liverpool's 2-1 win against Southampton in the Premier League Highlights from Liverpool's 2-1 win against Southampton in the Premier League

"I said to him, 'Finally, it arrived, welcome'. Ali did the same, obviously it is a goalie thing at Liverpool. I have no problem with that as long as we win the game.

"Adrian had a swollen ankle, we played too many balls back to him in that period. I was happy with everything he did today, all the saves he made, all the other stuff.

"The other players need to feel the responsibility for the build-up for the balls back for him.

"He is good with his feet and if you would have seen his ankle on Thursday when we left the plane, then you would say that pass for the goal was better than you would have expected. It is all fine."

Liverpool looked as though the 4,000-mile round trip for their penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday had taken its toll in the first half, and Klopp referenced their long week in his post-match comments.

2:54 Klopp felt his Liverpool side escaped a potential 'banana skin' against Southampton, after securing all three points at St Mary's Klopp felt his Liverpool side escaped a potential 'banana skin' against Southampton, after securing all three points at St Mary's

But he insisted their sluggish start had not been connected to their long week of travel and said Southampton had been the source of their frustration instead.

"Southampton are a good team. They defend well, they had good counter-attacks, good organisation," he said.

"This afternoon it was difficult again, nothing to do with the game midweek. I said before the game if we had come here with two weeks' preparation it would have been difficult.

"I liked the game a lot. It is not allowed to think too much about Wednesday but I know it, so I was really impressed with how fresh we looked, at the start especially, just how good we were.

"We deserved to win."

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