FT: Southampton 3 Liverpool 1

Southampton 3 - 1 Liverpool

It's all over and it has clearly been Southampton's day as they secure all three points and a second win under Mauricio Pochettino's management, the Saints also bringing to an end a good run from the visiting Liverpool.

A fed-up Suarez has his name pencilled into the referee's book after he chases Boruc around at the back as the 'keeper looks to clear the ball out of hand.

Enrique cannons his shot off a cross from the right into the side-netting at the far post; a little too late for Liverpool.

Regulation time is over and it's Hail-Mary time for the visitors if they hope to notch up one - or if not two- more goals.

Gerrard blasts the ball away from inside Liverpool's box with Davis lurking and eyeing a crack at goal.

The Saints back inside the Reds' half of the pitch as they increase the pressure in the latter stages of the encounter.

A little altercation between Suarez and Boruc blows over as the 'keeper tries to keep the ball away from the striker who wants to go and take a quick corner.

Still nothing happening for Liverpool as they press up in earnest with Coutinho's best efforts thwarted once more.

The Saints maybe happy to slow things down and work the ball around at the back until the final whistle.

Sturridge comes off for Jordan Henderson, while Lallana earns a break to the applause of the home supporters as Guly takes to the pitch.

Nothing much Rodgers' side can do as the Ulsterman prepares to switch things up at this late stage.

Suarez's frustrations is clearly at breaking point with the league's topscorer giving away a silly free-kick for a sloppy challenge that leaves him limping.

With their two-goal cushion restored, the home side press up with even more confidence and there's little for the visitors to do but hope for a let-up or slip-up.

GOAL! Rodriguez drives right through the Reds' defence, and then cuts inside the slide the ball past a hapless Jones.

Hopeful ball up for Countinho to chase, but Boruc once does well to read the play and get to the ball first.

No let up from either side as they throw numbers forward on attack.

Telling stops at both ends as Boruc's denies Gerrard's half-shot, while Jones comes off his line to stop Lallana at the near post.

Southampton aren't giving up on finding another goal, with Liverpool having to settle for swift counter-attacking opportunities.

Schneiderlin stays strong on the ball out on the right as he tries to poke the ball into the area, but the Reds defence are all-hands on deck.

The Saints manage to repel Liverpool's briefflurry and send the ball up into their opponents' half to resume their attacking efforts.

Sturridge delivers the ball in towards the near post after cleared corner-kick for the Merseysiders, but Boruc is on point to pounce.

Boruc, again, coping well with the elements to gather a slick ball into his box from Gerrard for Sturridge.

Enrique with a strong run down the left, Clyne did well to keep pace with the full-back and finally toe the ball away for a throw-in.

Adam Lallana does well to get the ball up field for Southampton as they test Liverpool's defences yet again.

Fonte slides in to get the ball away from Suarez as the Reds ace bares down on goal.

Schneiderlin, again, looking make a move on attack, but once more Skrtel does well to hack the ball clear and get some reprieve for the Reds.

Johnson provides the telling boot to get Schneiderlin's ball into the danger area from the right out of bounds.

Mistake by Johnson gives possession away to Shaw and allow him to break away down the left, but Skrtel mops up at the back and puts the ball out of play.

Up steps Suarez to whip in the set-piece on target, but Boruc does well to deal with the skidding ball and gather it off the turf.

Clyne catches Suarez trying to make a break and it's a rare free-kick for Liverpool in a similar position to where Lambert scored in the first period.

Poor challenge from Countinho on the halfway line hands Southampton a free-kick for Lambert to line and hack up field.

Pressure from Rodriguez forces Gerrard back into his own half and having to play the ball back towards his defensive line.

Davis hoping to have an influence on proceeding up front, but the replacement is forced off the ball before he could get a shot away.

Coutinho dropping deep to the halfway line to try and create something for Liverpool, but he is unsuccessful.

The Reds once again manage to quell the Saints' attacking efforts from a corner-kick from the right.

Ball forward for Suarez to chase, but the slick surface just takes it away from the Uruguayan and into Boruc's hands.

The Reds hoping to sit back on defence and may be catch their hosts on the counter.

Southampton pushing up on attack again, but Liverpool seem to have set their lines to deal with the forays for the moment.

Steven Davis takes to the field in place of the hard-working Gaston.

The initial corner kick cleared, Gerrard delivers a teasing ball towards the far post that is cleared as far as Sturridge, who can't keep his shot on target.

Lambert with a dangerous run on goal from the right, but the defence is wise to him and manages to halt his progress.

Johnson makes a hash of a cross-field pass from Enrique, taking his eye off the ball and allowing it to bounce into touch.

Cork is brought down hard out on the left as Lambert fancies launching the ball up field from the resulting free-kick.

Liverpool, again, pushing up, as Coutinho makes a run, but he doesn't check himself and is flagged offsides.

Sturridge with a decent run down the right, but he is well-dealt with by Maya Yoshida.

The Reds with the early possession and working the left flank through Downing, but no opening presenting itself yet for the visitors.

The rain's coming down now to make conditions more testing for both teams after a first half largely dominated by the home team.

One change already with Joe Allen taken off in place of Lucas.

The second half is underway!

so much for the 5-0 and 6-1 comments,come on saints.... Graham Goldsmith

Thought all the "rugby" scoreline predictions before the game were disrespectful. Now just make me chuckle. Clem Hardy

What a surprise, Liverpool go against a low team and expect to win and get turned over WHAT A JOKE! Jim Honeyman

Southampton 2 - 1 Liverpool

Southampton may rue their several missed chances on goal after Liverpool pulled a goal back in a lacklustre first half display.

GOAL! Coutinho bangs the ball in after a goalmouth scramble after Boruc's could only parry Sturridge's shot inside the area.

Cork makes a move down the right, but Skrtel makes the telling tackle and the Reds launch a counter-attack from deep inside their own half.

Possession still with the Saints as they look to add a third before the half-time break.

Southampton in full flow as Liverpool are forced to double the efforts at the back to contain them.

Nathaniel Clyne with an excellent ball into the area from the right for Rodriguez, who gets a slight touch on it with his head to direct it wide of goal.

It's end-to-end stuff at the moment as play switches from both halves at a furious pace.

Artur Boruc does well to come off his line and make the block on Coutinho's attempt after the Brazilian broke free on the right.

Jones beaten all ends up as Rodriguez fancies a crack from range that misses goal by just a whisker.

Southampton come again on attack through Cork and Lambert, but there's no way through at the moment.

A telling block from Shaw as the Reds push on a quick counter and Enrique's ball into the area causes a flutter in the home fans' hearts.

The Saints pushing up down the left through Lambert, whose ball towards the far post is just too long for Schneiderlin.

Gerrard with a speculative ball forward for Downing, who fails to get on the end of it.

Liverpool with it all to do now as Southampton kick it up a gear with the two-goal cushion.

GOAL! Lambert doubles the Saints lead with a deflected free-kick past Jones from some way out on the left.

Jos Hooiveld limps down the tunnel with Jose Fonte coming on earlier than expected.

Liverpool seeing more of possession for the moment, but it what they're not doing with it that's the cause for concern for Brendan Rodgers.

Gerrard finds Downing out on the right, who in turn feed Sturridge, but he once more flagged for offsides as he lines up to shoot at the near post.

Gerrard having to carry much of the weight in midfield as Coutinho looks to have gone missing for the Reds.

Suarez still complaining with the touch official, but he best get back in the game as Southampton to catch Liverpool on the counter.

Suarez is furious after the linesman's flag goes up against him for a perceived dive as the Red striker looked to break away on attack.

Southampton pushed once more as Lambert and Luke Shaw look to pry open Liverpool's defence.

Enrique's ball towards to the far post beats Suarez and Sturridge.

Downing and Suarez can't link up on the edge of the box as Liverpool continue to battle in attack. Suarez, in particular, looks a frustrated figure as he throws his hands up in despair.

Jones comes a long way off his line to clear Schneiderlin's ball towards the box from the right.

Enrique does well to clear a great ball to the back post from the left by Ramriez.

Ball falls nicely for an unmarked Rodriguez inside the box, but with his back to goal he just can't wrap his boot around to keep his shot down on target.

Joe Allen gives away the ball at the back, but Jose Enrique cleans up for Liverpool as Southampton busy themselves around the box.

Liverpool's under-whelming start continues as they demonstrate a distinct lack of sharpness and urgency up front.

Decent attempt from Rodriguez, but Jones does well to get down low to stop the low drive from range.

Crucial intercept from Skrtel prevents a good pass from Ramirez for Lambert inside the area.

The Reds struggling to maintain possession and build up a head of steam on attack.

Liverpool just about manage to clear the ball from a Southampton corner out on the right.

Jack Cork directing traffic in the middle of the park as the Saints continue to press in earnest.

Johnson punts the ball up field from the right to no one in particular as the visitors to clear their lines.

The Reds getting back inside their opponents' half after a good clearance at the back form Skrtel.

Stewart Downing and Philippe Coutinho look to combine down the left flank, but the defence is wise to their efforts and clears the danger.

Ricki Lambert with a great chance to double the Saints' lead, but Brad Jones does well to come out and block the shot at the corner of the box with his feet.

The hosts posing all the early questions inside the 18-yard box as Schneiderlin makes a nuisance of himself in the box.

Southampton doing well to contain Suarez up front, and are eager to push on as well.

The Reds looked a little shocked at going behind, but have saddled up and look to build their attacking game once more.

GOAL! Great team-strike from the Saints as Jay Rodriguez crosses for Ramirez, who tees up for Morgan Schneiderlin to tap in.

Long ball forward for Sturridge all on his lonesome, but the Reds striker is once more flagged for offsides.

Gaston Ramirez takes a shot from the left, but Martin Skrtel blocks and Glen Johnson prevents the ball going out for a corner.

Sturridge takes a shot on goal, but had he succeeded it would've been ruled out after he was flagged for offsides.

Luis Suarez looks for Daniel Sturridge inside the box early on, but a good intercept block from Luke Shaw.

The match is underway!

3-0 liverpool sturridge to score today come on the red men!!! Liam L27

Hi I think the form we have been in recently, today will be a rugby scoreline 6-1 to the reds Suarez hatrick YNWA. Chris wallasey

I think we will see a large win for Liverpool (with no reply from Southampton) with Luis Suarez to continue his great form. Final score 5-0 to Liverpool. Thanks, Tristan Powell

The reds to turn that poor record against saints like how they did last weekend.suarez,sturridge and Gerrard on scoresheet.jones to concede once. GO REDS! Nugwarira Evans

Lee here. Have to say I'm really enjoying watching Liverpool play nowadays. They seem to be playing a much more attractive style of football thanks to Rodgers and I hope we continue this form next season. 2-0 to LFC is my prediction.

I believe the win will be in Liverpool's hands but Pochettino's Southampton need to think about the way they will play to steal the three points on home soil. This is an important match for both teams. Dileep Duggal

Hi I think it will be a 3-1 win for liverpool. Morgan Churchill

Feel free to e-mail your thoughts or predictions to devin.hermanus@teamtalkmedia.com and we'll publish as many of them before - and during - the game as possible.

Pochettino has a fully fit squad to choose from, with Danny Fox and Steven Davis having recovered from their respective ailments. Maya Yoshida retains his place in defence after a decent performance in the 0-0 draw with Norwich.

Pepe Reina has failed a late fitness test after a calf injury forced him to miss much of the week's training, with Brad Jones continuing in goal. Jamie Carragher also misses out with Martin Skrtel coming in his stead. Lukas has dropped to the bench as Joe Allen has delayed shoulder surgery to start in midfield. Youngster Jordon Ibe is on the bench.

Liverpool head to relegation-threatened Southampton as big 10/11 favourites. The Reds were cut to 8/1 to qualify next season's Champions League after beating Spurs, recording a third successive league win for this first time this season in the process. Luis Suarez has scored in each of Liverpool's four successive wins in all competitions and he is 11/8 to get on the scoresheet in a Reds win.

The Saints have spent much of the season in and around the relegation zone, but despite only winning one of their last seven games, some positive performances under new boss Mauricio Pochettino has given them hope of avoiding the drop.

Brendan Rodgers's team have been in scintillating form in recent weeks, scoring 12 goals and conceding just two on their way to victories over Swansea, Wigan, and Tottenham. After a difficult start to the season under their new manager, the Reds now look good value for their sixth position, and have an outside chance of challenging for a top-four spot as they are just seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with nine games to go.

Good afternoon, I'm Devin Hermanus and I'll be taking you through all the action as Southampton host Liverpool at St. Mary's. Kick-off is scheduled for 1500 BST.

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