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Liverpool 1 Saints 0
12:38pm Saturday 1st December 2012 in Saints News
This live event has finished
- Daniel Agger heads Liverpool to victory
- Saints remain 18th in Premier League table
- Paulo Gazzaniga retained place despite recent errors
- Saints unchanged for fifth game in a row
That's it from us today. Saints stay 18th in the table. Reaction on the website as soon as it's available.
FULL-TIME: Liverpool 1 Saints 0
CHANCE (90 mins): Raheem Sterling squares the ball for Luis Suarez, but he drags his left foot shot from just inside the area wide of the far post.
BOOKING (80 mins): Luis Suarez cautioned for using his hand to try and turn Steven Gerrard's cross into the net.
CHANCE (68 mins): Luis Suarez's pass releases Jose Enrique, but covering defender Luke Shaw comes across and gets enough on his effort to deflect it wide.
CHANCE (49 mins): Jason Puncheon shows some nice footwork to create some space in the area, but his goalbound shot hits Daniel Agger and goes behind.
HALF-TIME: Liverpool 1 Saints 0
GOAL: Liverpool 1 Saints 0 (Daniel Agger 43): No less than Liverpool deserved. After Luis Suarez curls a free-kick against the crossbar, Glen Johnson collects the ball out on the right and swings in a cross, which Agger heads into the top corner.
CHANCE (36 mins): Steven Gerrard plays in the overlapping Jonjo Shelvey down the right side, but his shot across goal comes back off the inside of the far post.
CHANCE (35 mins): Adam Lallana is fouled 35 yards out by Glen Johnson. Rickie Lambert tries his luck with a low curling shot that skids wide of the post.
CHANCE (29 mins): Luis Suarez gets to a long kick from Pepe Reina just before Paulo Gazzaniga. He just manages to poke it past the Saints keeper, but Maya Yoshida tracked back and was able to clear it behind for a corner before the Liverpool striker could tap in.
CHANCE (26 mins): Liverpool really applying some pressure now. Luis Suarez plays a chipped one-two with Joe Allen, but Paulo Gazzaniga gets his body behind the resulting shot. Jack Cork had a tug at Suarez as he went to shoot, but got away with it.
CHANCE (24 mins): Jonjo Shelvey hits a low right-foot shot across goal that Paulo Gazzaniga palms away.
CHANCE (23 mins): Glen Johnson gets down the right-hand side, cuts inside Luke Shaw and hits a left-foot shot straight at Paulo Gazzaniga.
CHANCE (22 mins): A quick free-kick from Jonjo Shelvey sets Luis Suarez away. He squares the ball to Steven Gerrard 20 yards out, but the Liverpool skipper slices his shot wide.
CHANCE (10 mins): Luis Suarez beats Maya Yoshida to a ball in the box and delivers low towards the near post. Glen Johnson diverts it with his right foot, but the ball flies wide of the far post.
CHANCE (3 mins): Rickie Lambert strikes one from 25 yards, cutting across the ball, but it slices just wide of the post, with Pepe Reina diving at full stretch.
The teams are out here at Anfield. Saints in their all-white away kit for the first time this season. Kick-off just moments away now. We'll have updates here for you throughout the match.
Liverpool (last six, league only): D D D W D L
Saints (last six, league only): L L D W W D
Liverpool top scorer (league only): Luis Suarez 10
Saints top scorer (league only): Rickie Lambert 6
In case you missed it, the Daily Echo were granted an exclusive insight from Luis Suarez into his compatriot Gaston Ramirez. The full interview is printed in today’s paper, and also here on the website, but here’s a quick snap of what the Liverpool and Uruguay ace had to say about Saints’ record signing.
I first became aware of him when he was playing in Uruguay. Everyone knows he has a talent from watching him with the national team, but I think he is a very good player and has what it takes to succeed at every level. I think he will do well in the Premier League and he’s starting to prove that. It can be difficult at first for a South American player, or players from different countries, to come to England to play football, but he will be motivated and he has a good mentality so I think he will continue to do well in the Premier League at Southampton.Luis Suarez
Saints have experienced what you might call a love-hate relationship with Anfield in the Premier League era. Some of their most memorable results in the division have come on this ground, with a selection of famous wins and a very infamous defeat. Here’s some of the best (and worst):
February 7, 1998: Liverpool 2 Saints 3: David Hirst scored twice, as Saints stunned a Liverpool side that included Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Steve McManaman and Paul Ince in their side. Hirst netted an early penalty after David James brought down Matt Oakley. Owen lashed home from close range to level the scores ahead of half-time, but Saints regained the lead late-on when Egil Ostenstad struck, before Hirst made it 3-1 in the 90th minute. Owen headed home in injury time, but it was nothing more than a consolation for the hosts.
January 16, 1999: Liverpool 7 Saints 1: Liverpool were perhaps still smarting from the above result the previous season, and thus set about annihilating their opponents. A Robbie Fowler brace and a Dominic Matteo goal made it 3-0 at half-time. Fowler completed his hat-trick, before Jamie Carragher made it 5-0. Egil Ostenstad scored a consolation for Saints, which only served to anger the home side further, as Michael Owen and David Thompson completed the rout.
December 13, 2003: Liverpool 1 Saints 2: It took just 72 seconds for Saints to take the lead in this one, Brett Ormerod sprinting (yes, he outpaced the Liverpool defence) onto Claus Lundekvam’s long ball and finishing coolly past Chris Kirkland. Michael Svensson’s bullet header from Jason Dodd’s second-half corner made it 2-0, and while Emile Heskey’s 75th minute goal set hearts racing, Saints held on for a result that moved them up to sixth in the table. Heady days.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Allen, Shelvey, Lucas, Sterling, Gerrard, Suarez.
Subs: Jones, Sahin, Henderson, Downing, Carragher, Suso, Wisdom.
Saints: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, Puncheon, Ramirez, Lallana, Lambert.
Subs: K Davis, Hooiveld, S Davis, Rodriguez, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka, Reeves.
Referee: Michael Oliver
Brendan Rodgers is expecting his team to win this afternoon but is wary of the threat Saints pose, particularly after their good recent form.
“It will be a tough game,” reflected Rodgers.
“Nigel has done a terrific job - he's like a lot of British managers who have had to earn the right to come into the Barclays Premier League through a promotion.
"In the last few games, they have had good results. They are a team that like to play and pass and they'll come with freedom. But like the Wigan game, our expectancy and objective is to win the game.
"As a football club there's no big hooray at getting into the top half. This is a club that needs to be near the top of the league. Every step with a win is a positive step. The quicker we climb places with three points, that's our objective."
As for Adkins, he said: "It will be good to go there.
"I was a schoolboy at Liverpool. I had the option to stay there before I decided to go to Tranmere Rovers, which was important from my career point of view.
"We are obviously steeped in tradition on Merseyside: you're either red, blue or the white of Tranmere.
"You are either a Liverpool supporter or an Everton supporter, but you're always going to be a Tranmere supporter if you're from Birkenhead.
"Going to Merseyside is going to be great for everybody and great for all our supporters to go to Liverpool, a club steeped in tradition.
"Obviously they're going through a transition at this moment in time, but it is a game that we'll look forward to as we do every single game in the Barclays Premier League."
It's a big day for Morgan Schneiderlin as well who admits he is up against one of his heroes in the shape of Steven Gerrard.
"In France when you watch TV, you had to choose between Liverpool and Manchester," said the Frenchman.
"A lot of people six or seven years ago chose Manchester United, I chose Liverpool because I used to, and I still, love Steven Gerrard as a player.
"It will be special and I can't wait to play against him, but unfortunately he is going to feel bad because we're going to bring back three points.
"I will treat him like another player on Saturday. I just want to confront him and see what I can do against him.
"Of course, he is one of the best players in the world and that's what I want to play against every game. The best."
Midfielder Lucas Leiva returns to Liverpool's match-day squad to face Southampton at Anfield after a three-month injury absence.
The Brazil international has finally recovered from a thigh injury, while Joe Cole has overcome a hamstring problem which forced him out of the midweek defeat at Tottenham.
Defender Andre Wisdom, on the bench at White Hart Lane after a knee injury, could come back into contention for a starting place.
The pre-match team talk for Saints has surrounded Paulo Gazzaniga but elsewhere Danny Fox could return from a knee complaint, while Frazer Richardson and Richard Chaplow are closing in on a return.
Welcome to the Daily Echo's coverage as Saints take on Liverpool at Anfield.
It's an emotional day for manager Nigel Adkins and star striker Rickie Lambert who were boyhood Liverpool fans growing up on Merseyside and have spoken regularly of their desire to be invovled in a game at Anfield.
Saints may be disappointed to have only drawn against Norwich but are unbeaten in four top flight games while Liverpool are still in the bottom half of the table despite boasting the division's top scorer Luis Suarez.
Adkins has hinted that he will stick with Paulo Gazzaniga in goal despite his latest mistake against Norwich which meant the game ended in a draw.