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Saints 3 Liverpool 1
Updated 5:09pm Saturday 16th March 2013 in Sport
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- Saints up to 15th after beating Liverpool 3-1
- Mauricio Pochettino gets his second win as Saints boss
- Morgan Schneiderlin gave Saints an early lead
- Rickie Lambert's deflected free-kick doubled advantage
- Philippe Coutinho pulls one back for Liverpool before half-time
- Jay Rodriguez's late solo goal sealed the victory
- A record crowd of 32,070 at St Mary's today
We will have a full report and reaction on the website for you shortly. Thanks for joining us today. See you in two weeks for the home clash against Chelsea.
A massive win for Saints. They move up to 15th in the table, although Sunderland can overtake them tomorrow. Mauricio Pochettino's side are now seven points clear of 18th placed Wigan, although the Latics have two games in hand over them. Aston Villa's 3-2 win over QPR means they remain just one point behind Saints.
Saints 3 Liverpool 1
SAINTS SUB (84 mins): Lallana off, Guly on.
LIVERPOOL SUB (84 mins): Sturridge off, Henderson on.
Saints 3 Liverpool 1 (Rodriguez 80 mins): Jay Rodriguez scores a brilliant solo goal, bursting forward from halfway and racing through the heart of the Liverpool defence. His initial shot is saved by Brad Jones, but Rodriguez reacts quickest to the rebound and slots it home.
CHANCE (77 mins): Schnedierlin slips Lallana through down the inside left channel with a brilliant pass. He tries to lift it over Brad Jones from a tight angle, but the Liverpool keeper does well to keep it out.
Today's attendance announced as 32,070, which is a new St Mary's record.
CHANCE (65 mins): Luis Suarez wins a soft free-kick 30 yards out, going to ground as he tussles with Nathaniel Clyne. The Uruguayan striker's subsequent effort bounces a yard in front of Artur Bourc, who does well to collect the shot as it skids off the wet surface.
CHANCE (57 mins): Lucas plays a delightful pass over the top that appeared to have put Suarez clean in on goal, but the ball skidded off the wet surface into the grateful grasp of Artur Boruc.
SAINTS SUB (55 mins): Gaston Ramirez off, Steven Davis on.
CHANCE (54 mins): Steven Gerrard's left-footed cross falls to Daniel Sturridge at the back post, but he screws his shot wide of the near post.
LIVERPOOL SUB (HT): Lucas replaces Joe Allen ahead of the second half kicking off.
Saints 2 Liverpool 1
Saints 2 Liverpool 1 (Philippe Coutinho 45+1): Luis Suarez chips a diagonal ball to the back post. Steven Gerrard nods it across goal, with Daniel Sturridge eventually getting onto it. He turns eight yards out and has his shot blocked by Jose Fonte. Unfortunately, the ball drops to Coutinho, who slams home a low shot.
CHANCE (40 mins): Liverpool miss a great chance to get back into the game, as Glen Johnson's ball over the top puts Philippe Coutinho through on goal. Artur Boruc makes a fine save one-on-one from the Brazilian, though.
Saints 2 Liverpool 0 (Rickie Lambert 33 mins): After being fouled 25 yards out, Lambert lines up a free-kick. It's not a great effort in truth, but deflects off Daniel Sturridge in the wall and spins past Brad Jones. A fortunate moment for Saints, but the scoreline is well deserved.
CHANCE (21 mins): Luke Shaw's attempted cross deflects into the path of Adam Lallana down the inside left channel. He attempts to prod the ball past Brad Jones, only for the keeper to parry his shot. The ball drops to Rodriguez six yards out, but with the goal gaping he spins and volleys over. Another big chance to make it 2-0 missed.
CHANCE (10 mins): Adam Lallana's through pass puts Rickie Lambert clean through on goal. The striker takes a while to get himself set, though, allowing keeper Brad Jones to close him down and make a crucial save. A big opportunity missed.
Saints 1 Liverpool 0 (Morgan Schniederlin 6 mins): Gaston Ramirez chips a diagonal ball towards the back post. Jay Rodriguez nods it down and Morgan Schneiderlin prods the ball past Brad Jones from six yards out.
Referee Phil Dowd gets the game underway.
The teams are out at St Mary's. Kick-off just a few minutes away now. We will have updates for you here throughout the match.
Saints (last six, league only): L D W L L D
Liverpool (last six, league only): D D L W W W
Saints top scorer (league only): Rickie Lambert 12
Liverpool top scorer (league only): Luis Suárez 22
So, just how dangerous is Luis Suárez then? Well, consider these stats. As well as his 29 goals this season (22 of which have come in the Premier League), he averages a total of 5.6 shots per match. To put that into context, the closest anyone gets to that in the Premier League is Gareth Bale, with 4.9. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi manages an average of 5.2 shots each game. Only Cristiano Ronaldo in the top leagues in Europe can beat Suárez in that category, with seven shots every time he plays. His 22 Premier League strikes represent 39 per cent of Liverpool’s entire goalscoring total this season.
Stopping Suárez can be difficult, clearly. But here’s one tactic, demonstrated by Swansea’s Dwight Tiendalli, which Saints could employ – rugby tackle him...
(Photo: David Davies/PA Wire)
A lot of the talk in the build-up to this match has been about the form of the Premier League's top scorer, Luis Suárez, and rightly so. The striker has 29 goals across all competitions this season, and has scored seven in his last four matches. But Saints, of course, have their own Uruguayan international, in the shape of Gastón Ramírez. He’s not enjoying quite the success of his fellow countryman, but, as Suárez exclusively explained to the Daily Echo before the clubs met in December, the Liverpool star believes Ramírez will prove to be a big hit at Saints.
Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino comes up against this man, Philippe Coutinho, today. Pochettino had the Brazilian winger on loan at Espanyol last season, but the 20-year-old is now a Liverpool player after moving to Anfield from Inter Milan in an £8.5m January transfer. Pochettino certainly had some high praise for the player this week, comparing his quality to that of Barcelona's Lionel Messi.
(Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)
Philippe is a Brazilian player and, as it happens with most Brazilians, he has a special magic in his feet. Aside from the magic that he has, he also has an amazing work rate and that makes us doubt whether he fits the mould of a typical Brazilian player or a European one because his work ethic is outstanding. What is important about him is he is a good lad, a good kid – a great, humble person. I do think Coutinho has that same quality that Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi have, but he has much to prove yet. What is really clear to me is that Coutinho is a really responsible player - really dedicated and responsible to his own players.Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino
One change for Saints this afternoon, but it's a slightly surprising one in a way. Nathaniel Clyne returns at right back and, while that was to be expected, it is Jose Fonte who drops to the bench, meaning Jos Hooiveld and Maya Yoshida will partner each other at the heart of defence.
For Liverpool, Pepe Reina has failed to recover from a calf injury, meaning Brad Jones continues in goal. It's two changes in total for the Reds, as Martin Skrtel and Joe Allen come in for Jamie Carragher and Lucas.
SAINTS: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, Lallana, Ramírez, Rodriguez, Lambert.
Subs: K Davis, Fonte, Forren, S Davis, Ward-Prowse, Puncheon, Guly.
LIVERPOOL: Jones, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Skrtel, Allen, Gerrard, Downing, Coutinho, Sturridge, Suárez.
Subs: Gulacsi, Wisdom, Henderson, Shelvey, Lucas, Suso, Ibe.
Referee: Phil Dowd.
Can't be bothered to watch the video? Well, never fear, because here is a snippet of what Rodgers had to say about Saints and their form this season...
You’ve got to go back to Nigel Adkins. Nigel did a brilliant job and was relieved of his duties, but the job that he did there was incredible, to get two consecutive promotions. The brand of football they were playing was very much his brand. I saw that in League 1 and the Championship. Of the teams that have come up, that’s the team that have impressed me with their idea of football and how they’ve tried to play. It takes time when you’re a newly promoted team to find your feet in what is an incredibly difficult league. As the season went on, Nigel and the players really settled into it and looked like they were well on course to stay in the league. Unfortunately for him, he lost his job. The new manager is coming in with a similar idea and philosophy. There’s a slight tactical adaptation, a different way to press the ball. They were playing very well under Nigel Adkins, but obviously the new manager will come in and put his stamp on it. That will take a period of time. Their performances across the season have been good – they’ve played very well against the top teams. They’re a team that will push us and we’ll need to be at our best to get the result.Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been looking ahead to today's match. Here's a clip of what he had to say during his press conference on Thursday...
Liverpool squad news: Keeper Jose Reina is in line for a recall after travelling with the squad to the south coast. The Spain international missed last weekend's win over Tottenham with a calf injury but manager Brendan Rodgers decided to include the 30-year-old in the group after training yesterday. Midfielder Joe Allen has a shoulder problem but it will not prevent him being included in the squad.
Saints squad news: Saints have a clean bill of health heading into today's match. Danny Fox and Steven Davis were the only absentees in last weekend's 0-0 draw at Norwich but could be involved in Mauricio Pochettino's matchday squad at St Mary's. Vegard Forren played for the under-21s again on Monday so is a step closer to fitness.
There is plenty at stake for Liverpool as well today. Brendan Rodgers’ team have won their last three Premier League matches, a run that has pushed them up to a season-high sixth place in the division and sparked hopes that they could force their way into a European spot. Liverpool are led by the Premier League’s top scorer, Luis Suárez, who has struck 22 top-flight goals this season, while his total across all competitions is 29. In his last four games alone, he has netted seven times. Suárez is helped by the presence of Liverpool’s influential captain Steven Gerrard, whose total of nine assists cannot be beaten by any other player in the Premier League.
Hello and welcome to the Daily Echo’s blog covering this afternoon’s Premier League match between Saints and Liverpool. Mauricio Pochettino’s team can significantly ease their relegation worries today with three points, although they might have their work cut out for them against a Reds team in their best form of the season. Saints start the day four points clear of the drop zone, but no doubt aware that things have begun to tighten up at the bottom of the table. As well as their own match, there are some big games elsewhere that could have a notable impact on them. QPR travel to fellow strugglers Aston Villa, with both sides going into that fixture on the back of a good result. Reading, who sacked manager Brian McDermott earlier this week, head to Manchester United for this evening’s televised game. Good luck there. Wigan, who as normal seem to be picking up some late-season form, host Newcastle tomorrow. A victory for Saints today would see them leapfrog Sunderland, at least momentarily, and move up to 15th place. The Black Cats are not in action until tomorrow lunchtime, when they host Norwich. A defeat and, well, things will start to look that little bit more concerning.