Leaders Liverpool held at Southampton

Nathaniel Clyne

Liverpool remain top of the Premier League despite failing to score for only the third time this season in their goalless draw against Southampton at St Mary’s.

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane twice went close to opening the scoring on his return to St Mary’s before the break, only to be denied by a superb Fraster Forster save and Virgil van Dijk’s last-ditch block.

Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino missed good chances when clear on goal, while another former Saint, Nathaniel Clyne, headed wide late on.

Perhaps affected by the international break, Liverpool lacked the fluency that has characterised their impressive start to the season.

However, they were also met with a resolute Southampton defence.

The hosts had chances of their own, with Charlie Austin heading Cedric Soares’ cross wide, but defeat would have been harsh on Liverpool who remain ahead of second-placed Manchester City by virtue of more goals scored.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 1Forster
  • 2SoaresBooked at 61mins
  • 6Fonte
  • 17van Dijk
  • 21Bertrand
  • 23HøjbjergSubstituted forReedat 78′minutes
  • 14Romeu
  • 8Davis
  • 22Redmond
  • 10AustinSubstituted forRodriguezat 75′minutes
  • 19BoufalSubstituted forLongat 66′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Yoshida
  • 4Clasie
  • 7Long
  • 9Rodriguez
  • 15Martina
  • 18Reed
  • 28Taylor

Liverpool

  • 1Karius
  • 2Clyne
  • 32Matip
  • 6Lovren
  • 7Milner
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 14Henderson
  • 23CanSubstituted forSturridgeat 78′minutes
  • 19ManéSubstituted forOrigiat 90+1′minutes
  • 11Firmino
  • 10CoutinhoBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 15Sturridge
  • 16Grujic
  • 17Klavan
  • 18Moreno
  • 21Lucas
  • 22Mignolet
  • 27Origi
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
31,848

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home3
Away15
Shots on Target
Home0
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 0, Liverpool 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 0, Liverpool 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Divock Origi replaces Sadio Mané.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Oriol Romeu.

Attempt blocked. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge.

Hand ball by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

Attempt missed. James Milner (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Harrison Reed replaces Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Emre Can.

Booking

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

Nathan Redmond (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Emre Can (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez replaces Charlie Austin.

Hand ball by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Cédric Soares.

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Cédric Soares.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Sofiane Boufal.

Attempt missed. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

Attempt missed. Emre Can (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

José Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Cédric Soares (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cédric Soares (Southampton).

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cédric Soares with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Charlie Austin.

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

Offside, Liverpool. Nathaniel Clyne tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside.

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