team 2012-13

Liverpool 1-0 Southampton (1-0 HT)

Barclays Premier League

Anfield - Saturday 1st December 2012

Agger 43′
Ref: Oliver
Att: 44,525
Saints came into this game on an improved run of form, which led some to expect a close game. They were to be disappointed. This was as one sided a game as possible to be.

In the end though a solitary goal separated the sides, scored by Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger to earn his side's third home league win of the season and which left Saints stuck in the bottom three.

Saints rarely looked like breaking through the Liverpool defence as the normally effective quartet of Lambert, Ramirez, Lallana and Puncheon struggled to make their presence felt. Rickie Lambert though still managed to offer something of a threat the Liverpool goal with a couple of long range shots on goal.

The main problem for Saints was trying to deal with the constant foraging down their left flank with Shaw having to deal several times with two, or more marauding Liverpool players. Johnson in particular was a constant source of threat and the defender also had a left-foot shot saved after cutting inside.

Gerrard may no longer be the force he once was, but his prompting of the play and range of passing can still hurt and he went close when a goal-bound 15-yard shot was cleared by Schneiderlin.

Suarez must have thought he would score after Fonte failed to deal with Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina's long ball forward but Gazzaniga, who has been under pressure after recent mistakes, got a vital touch before the ball was put out for a corner.
Suarez bent a free-kick against the crossbar and, while the crowd were still dealing with the disappointment, Johnson crossed for Agger to head the Reds in front.

Apart from Lambert's half-volley from 40 yards, which forced Reina into a smart save, Southampton failed to exert any real goal threat, with the returning midfielder Lucas Leiva giving Liverpool more protection.

After the game Nigel Adkins said "We have come away from home in a good run of form of late but Liverpool's movement was very good and we couldn't get a grip of the football."

"If we could have got to half-time at 0-0 that would have been pleasing but a free header in the penalty area has given them a 1-0 lead."

"Credit to the players because we managed to hang in there and the last 10-15 minutes we went a lot more direct."

This game was a setback, but not a disaster for Saints resurgence. The defence is at last showing some signs of getting a grip of things and at least there was no recurrence of multiple goals against, but they do need to offer more of a threat to the better sides away from home.

Channonite 3.12.2012

Teams

Liverpool

25 Reina
02 Johnson
03 Jose Enrique
05 Agger
37 Skrtel
08 Gerrard
21 Lucas (Carragher - 88' Booked )
24 Allen (Henderson - 69' )
31 Sterling
33 Shelvey
07 Suarez Booked

Substitutes
01 Jones
23 Carragher
47 Wisdom
04 Sahin
14 Henderson
19 Downing
30 Suso

Saints

12 Gazzaniga
02 Clyne
03 Yoshida
06 Fonte
23 Shaw
04 Schneiderlin
10 Ramirez
18 Cork (S Davis - 70' )
20 Lallana
42 Puncheon (Rodriguez - 78' )
07 Lambert

Substitutes
01 K Davis
05 Hooiveld
29 Reeves
08 S Davis
16 Ward-Prowse
09 Rodriguez
24 Mayuka

Match Stats


Possession
Liverpool 69%
Southampton 31%

Shots
Liverpool 24
Southampton 8

On target
Liverpool 11
Southampton 4

Corners
Liverpool 10
Southampton 4

Fouls
Liverpool 10
Southampton 8