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Mane and Firmino claim three points for Liverpool in a poor performance

Pin Mane got a goal and an assist in Liverpool's win at Southampton. AFP
Mane got a goal and an assist in Liverpool's win at Southampton. AFP

Mane and Firmino claim three points for Liverpool in a poor performance

Paul Singh by Paul Singh @besoccer_com - 0 5,689

Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino helped Liverpool to a 1-2 victory over Southampton at St Mary's in the Premier League. However, they were very poor and Danny Ings took advantage of a calamitous error by goalkeeper Adrian to set up a grandstand finish.

Liverpool won their second Premier League game of the season after beating Southampton 1-2 despite a poor performance at St Mary's. 

Despite a good start by Liverpool and Milner testing Gunn in the home goal, Southampton were much the brighter in the first period and the home side threatened Liverpool on many occasions. Adams and Redmond played very well and their best chance was when Yoshida headed a Ward-Prowse corner towards goal in the 28th minute and Adrian had to make a brilliant save. 

As it looked like it was going to be goalless at half-time, Sadio Mane pulled off a moment of magic in the 45th minute. Wijnaldum and Milner combined before Mane got the ball on the edge of the box, turned and smacked it right into the far corner. It was a cruel blow on the hosts and in the second half, Liverpool took complete control. 

Joel Matip cleverly deflected Milner's effort with his heel and it was a whisker away from going in and in the 65th minute, Mane put the ball on a plate for Firmino, but he inexplicably hit wide. However, six minutes later, he doubled the lead. Bednarek was dispossessed near his own goal by Mane, he passed for Firmino who fired into the goalie's bottom right corner. 

It looked like Klopp's men would then cruise to victory, but in the 83rd minute, Adrian committed a huge error. Van Dijk passed to his goalkeeper, Adrian took a touch and as he tried to clear, Ings put his foot there to block it and it went in. The same thing nearly happened to him at the beginning of the match and this time he was punished. 

Southampton pressed towards the end and Ings missed a sitter from Valery four minutes from time and Liverpool were clinging on until the end. Despite more opportunities, Liverpool held on to claim the three points.

It was obvious Liverpool were feeling the effects of extra-time on Wednesday night while Southampton played very well, but they came up short. They have now lost their opening two games

 

Paul Singh

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