Score Liverpool - Southampton in EPL 2015 (1-1)
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Score Liverpool - Southampton in EPL 2015 (1-1)

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Charlie Malam
LiverpoolMignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno; Can, Lucas, Milner; Lallana (Firmino 66'), Coutinho (Ibe 83'); Origi (Benteke 45').
SouthamptonStekelenburg; Cédric, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand; Wanyama, Clasie (Juanmi 75'), S. Davis (Ramirez 80'); Mané, Tadić (Ward-Prowse 64'), Pellè.
SCORE1-0, Benteke - 77 min. 1-1, Mane - 86 min.
REFEREEAndre Marriner (ENG) - Milner (85 min) Mane (90+1 min) Mane sent off for 2nd yellow (90+3 min)
INCIDENTSBarclays Premier League match-week 10 fixture between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield, in front of 45,000 supporters.
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18:45. Well, that's all we've got time for. Thanks for joining myself Charlie Malam and VAVEL, as Liverpool succumbed to another afternoon of frustration - drawing their third game on the spin under new manager Jürgen Klopp. Things had looked bright after Christian Benteke's immaculately placed header in the 77th minute put them ahead, but Sadio Mane brought the visitors level with five minutes to go and 1-1 was how it stayed. We'll have plenty of post-match reaction with you in the coming hours, so make sure to stick around. Thanks again, and enjoy the final few hours of your weekend. 

18:43. And finally, the reaction a lot of you have been waiting for. From Jürgen Klopp: "Of course this moment is not the best moment in the week because we wasted a lot of energy. Southampton haven't lost away from home so we had to work hard. You score the goal and you want to win, but it didn't happen tonight. Football is not a fairytale. Sometimes we write stories like this but it doesn't happen. You see these guys can play football, are technically strong and physically strong but you saw how big the disappointment after Southampton was.  It's only a goal, only a game of football! It's like it's the last thing in your life and we have to calm this down.  We can change a lot of things if it's necessary but not all things will work from the start. If you are on something you are not 100 per cent better the next day.  It's not what you can change in a short time but what we can change and take into the next game. It's our situation so no problem. We can play Wednesday and that's our next chance."

18:41. Olli Emmerson's full-time match report, in case you feel like reminscing.

18:39. Liverpool remain the joint second-lowest goalscorers in the Premier League after only finding the net once again today. Their seventh 1-1 draw from nine in all competitions means they have scored just nine goals, level with Stoke and Aston Villa and only better than West Brom and Watford.

18:38. More from Koeman: "You like always more than a point, but to get more you have to get to your level and maybe we didn't do enough to win today. Of course if you are 1-0 down with 15 minutes left and you take a point you are happy. Were Liverpool there to be beaten today? Yes. But you have to take chances against big teams and create more. It was a good mentality and spirit in the team. I think it's a fair result. It was a great header by Christian Benteke and I'm not sure you can do much more. Mane was a little bit unlucky with the red card. Maybe it's easy to give a second yellow there. It's difficult to challenge the top four teams. Maybe at the moment we can be strong against them but if you talk the whole season that's different. We didn't lose in our away games and that's positive."

18:36. Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has his say, talking to BBC Sport: "We deserved at least one point but honestly it was not our best performance but we had a good reaction after going down to a great goal from Christian Benteke. Our defensive organisation is good, it is difficult to create chances against us. Teams like Liverpool, if they have a change in management, there is always a change in expectation. I know that, I have played for big teams and I know the expectation on the manager of Liverpool is always bigger than that of Southampton."

18:34. More reaction, this time from Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, who said: "As a striker you are always happy when you score but the important thing was getting three points. And we couldn't do that. We deserved to win. We showed a lot of good positive things. The manager brings something else, we need to play with a high intensity. We want to show him why we should play for Liverpool."

18:31. Full-time stats: Liverpool 61% possession, Southampton 39%. 55% - 62% with respect to how much of that was in their opponents' half. The Reds' averaged 90% of their passes as short, whilst the Saints were at 80% - and the touches in the opponents' box was also fairly similar with 30 to 26. The home side's passing accuracy was 82% in comparison to Ronald Koeman's side's 73%.

18:29. Liverpool will be disappointed not to have made up points on Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea - who all dropped points this weekend - but there were some positives to take away. That said, they looked susceptible defensively and didn't liven up in the final third until late into the game. They looked dramatically better with Benteke on the pitch, rather than Origi, but Coutinho continues to underwhelm despite being arguably the best and most talented player in a squad filled to the brim with below-par players.

18:25. As if that draw wasn't frustrating enough for the Reds, Luis Suarez - who was once a hero on Merseyside - has just put Barcelona ahead with a great finish against Eibar. Nothing like a bit of salt in the wounds.

18:23. And the reaction of Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse: "We showed great character, going 1-0 down. We dug in and got a deserved point. If we keep working hard on the training ground we'll get the results and the points. You can look at the Premier League table."

18:20. Southampton striker Saido Mane speaking after fullt-ime: "Liverpool are a big team. For my red card it was two yellows cards. It was unfortunate and I am footballer so I will always say I didn't deserve it. The team works together and maybe I score the goal but it's important to get points for my team."

18:17. So, then, an interesting day of football. Sunderland comfortably beat Newcastle despite actually being outplayed for much of the game, winning 3-0, whilst Manchester United and Manchester City saw out a relatively dull 0-0 draw. Tottenham Hotspur thumped five past Bournemouth away from home despite initially slipping behind. How to re-cap that last one? A dull first-half in which Southampton carried more threat forced the Reds into changes at the break. That spurred them on and they finally found the first goal through Benteke's stunning header after 77 minutes, but they threw it all away just eight minutes later - as Mane, who was sent off in injury time, was allowed to poke in from close-range after the home side conceded a cheap free-kick. Encouragement to take, but also plenty still left to work on for Klopp and co.

18:14. Southampton host managerless Aston Villa, who sacked Tim Sherwood earlier today, on the same night in the cup. They'll be pleased with the point they've acquired and will probably be grateful Mane only misses that mid-week game as opposed to a Premier League fixture. He was comfortably their best player at Anfield.

18:10. Klopp's search for a first win in charge goes on as Benteke's late opening goal is cancelled out by Mane's late leveller, before he was sent off for a second yellow in stoppage-time. Klopp isn't best pleased, though he greets his players on the pitch with a smile and some useful advice. He speaks to Lucas for some length of time in particular. It's a disappointing afternoon for him, ultimately, having drawn his third successive game in charge. They host Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup next on Wednesday night, but they're up into the top half thanks to that point. On the same points as Southampton in 9th and 8th, but with a worse goal difference.

FT: Liverpool 1-1 Southampton.

90+5' One final chance for the Reds but they don't use it as Benteke fluffs his lines, but the offside flag is raised offside. 

90+4' Mane is sent off for a second yellow after bringing down Moreno with a reckless tackle. Only minutes after hitting the equalising goal.

90+3' Southampton counter but Clyne gets back well to retriece the ball. The Reds find Benteke in the box, but his headed knockdown doesn't fall kindly enough for Firmino - who forces a corner at the Kop end, their 10th today. The Brazilian takes it himself, but again it comes to nothing.

90+1' Four minutes added on at Anfield as Southampton break forward with intent but Pelle loses his balance as the ball arrives at his feet in the box. Mane is the second in the book after fouling Firmino.

90' Ibe wins a corner after a powerful drive down the left-hand side, even though the last touch looked to have come off him. Yet again, the delivery fails to beat the first man. The Reds just aren't good enough from set-pieces. 

88' Liverpool well on their way to a seventh 1-1 draw in their last nine games here, with that goal having sapped the confidence from them. Sky, meanwhile, hand the Man of the Match award for Benteke for his influence in this second-half since coming off the bench. The Reds have been much better with him up top as opposed to Origi.

87' Tense ending here as Southampton go in search of a winner. The hosts have fallen deathly quiet as a result of that setback but they can only blame themselves after Milner committed a needless foul. And just minutes after his excellent assist, which sums up his career on Merseyside so far rather aptly.

86' GOAL! Southampton pull level from the free-kick as Fonte wins the header before Ramirez rises and heads across to Mane, who bundles it across the line for the equaliser. 1-1.

85' Home supporters greet Firmino's enthusiastic pressing with applause. A huge final few minutes for the home side as Milner goes into the book with the first yellow of the game for catching Bertrand with a clumsy late tackle.

84' Benteke works hard to force a corner out of Soares but the Reds can't profit from Firmino's near post flick on at the set-piece. Skrtel then commits a needless foul to gift possession to the away side.

83' Third and final sub for Liverpool as Klopp opts to add some width by introducing Ibe in place of Coutinho. 

81' Not too far off from Mane, who controls expertly before shooting from a tight angle - but his shot goes over Mignolet's crossbar. 

80' 10 minutes left and the Reds lead through Benteke's third of the season and what it meant to Klopp was obvious, as he raced down the touchline and jumped into the air whilst punching the air with delight. On the opposite side, Koeman uses his final change to bring Ramirez on in place of Davis. 

79' Southampton pressing for a quickfire response and they almost come close as Bertrand meets Davis' cross with a header but he can't get a great connection on it. 

77' GOAL! There it is, finally, the opening goal and it's Christian Benteke who heads Liverpool into the lead with a sublime header from Milner's deep cross. 1-0 to the Reds.

76' Juanmi almost reaches Pelle's headed flick on inside the box but it bounces off of him and out for a goal kick. Both sides desperate to find a goal, but will either of them find it?

75' Quarter of an hour remaining for either of these two sides to find what would likely be the decisive goal. Liverpool are pressing for it, but they're trying to hard to impress their new boss. Meanwhile, Koeman brings on striker Juanmi in place of midfielder Clasie. They're going two up top, it seems.

73' Liverpool the side on the front foot but they just don't look like scoring. Their final ball is letting them down time and time again and a third successive draw won't do much for Klopp or his side's ambitions of a top-four spot, even if it is early on in the campaign.

72' Firmino wins a free-kick after getting tangled with Clasie, but the Reds take it short and switch to the left. Moreno tries to drive a ball into Benteke at the near post, but it's a yard or so short and it rolls through to Stekelenburg. 

71' Liverpool break with pace but yet again they struggle to create anything. Firmino's pass looking for Benteke is cut out, before the ball falls to Can - who hits a speculative effort well, well wide of goal. 

69' Firmino wins a corner, which he initially looks to take quickly, but Milner tells him to wait. The Reds' centre-backs come forward but the delivery is disappointing and Can heads wide from a few yards in front of the near post. 

68' Coutinho has another effort from range after breaking away from Fonte, but he drives his shot over the crossbar and into the Kop. Since that goal on the opening day at Stoke, the Brazilian is yet to really find the form which saw him earn a place in the PFA Team of the Year last term.

67' Both sides giving away possession as they continue to chase the first goal. Can races forward before a weak pass sees him lose the ball on the edge of the Saints' box. Klopp makes a second change, as Lallana goes off for Firmino to a chorus of boos from the away end.

65' Clyne does well to divert Bertrand's cross out for a corner. Ward-Prowse swings it in, looking for Fonte and van Dijk, but it's Wanyama who is nearest to it at the near post. Lallana is there to get in his way and force another corner, which is taken from the same spot, but this time Lallana heads it away before the hosts earn a goal kick.

64' First change for the visitors, with Tadic being replaced by Ward-Prowse to add some extra protection in midfield.

63' Lallana with another half-chance after Coutinho picks him out with a delightful ball over the top. He looks to control and shoot with his left, but Bertrand but gets in front of him to force him wide.

62' Still only one shot on target from the home side, whilst the visitors have only managed two. But with all this pressure at either end, surely it's only a matter of time before we see the game's first goal?

61' Southampton come close from the following corner, but they can't quite get the header on target. Real end-to-end game now as both teams go in search of the breakthrough.

60' Vital defending from Moreno, who races back with pace to catch Mane and slide in to put the ball out of play. The forward was in on goal if the Spaniard didn't intervene, whilst a poorly-timed tackle could have seen him sent off and a penalty given in the away side's favour.

59' Lucas wins a foul out of Bertrand, who shoves him to the ground from behind, but Marriner refuses to go into his pocket. 

58' Moreno wasteful again after Lallana finds him in space down the left. He gets the execution of his first-time cross all wrong and puts it out for a goal kick. The Reds growing in confidence though. 

57' Next it's Southampton's chance to go close as Skrtel misses a header inside the six-yard box with Mignolet stranded but fortunately for him, Pelle behind him also misses it. 

56' Excellent defending by Sakho lead to Lucas spurring the Reds forward. Milner forces Clyne a little bit wide, but he finds Lallana - whose cross is almost controlled by Benteke. The Reds manage to get it back as Can backheels it to Moreno, but his drilled cross-cum-shot with pace flies across the face of goal. He should have done better with that one.

54' Southampton take a free-kick short to Tadic in space down the touchline. He swings in an inviting cross, which Pelle is just inches away from. They eventually win a corner-kick, which Davis takes, but Mignolet holds it well.

52' A lot better from Liverpool here as Benteke heads down a pass into Coutinho's path, but the excellent van Dijk intercepts. Still not forced any saves out of Stekelenburg though as we rapidly approach the hour mark.

50' Lovely football from the home side as Moreno links up with Lallana before driving in to the box towards the near post. Rather than shoot, he looks to square for Milner, but he can't beat Bertrand to it. That's livened up the crowd a little bit.

49' Liverpool looking a lot brighter early on into this second period, as Fonte is forced to come across to the left flank and clear for a throw. The Reds play some intricate football, before good pressure from Can forces another throw-in a few yards from the corner flag.

48' Chance! Benteke's cut-back is scrambled clear for a corner after a piercing run by Lallana, but the resulting corner is wasted as Lucas' second cross is cleared for another over the opposite side. Milner takes it and Benteke fires an effort goalwards, but a deflection takes the power off it before it goes for another corner. That leads to another corner, a fourth successive one, which Southampton head clear at the near post. Milner retrieves it, but his cross is blocked and is then thumped clear for good, this time.

47' Liverpool shooting towards the Kop end as they search for the first goal of the game. They've started with a bit more pace and purpose early on, but only time will tell whether they can maintain a higher tempo to try and create some more opportunities. 

46' Substitution at half-time, as the ineffectual Origi is replaced by Benteke for the home side. Good move from Klopp, but will it work? 

17:15. Ex-Red and now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher wasn't holding anything back at half-time. He said: "Jürgen Klopp has come in wanting to play heavy metal football, but for two-and-a-half games now it's been a church choir."

17:13. For all the criticism of how dull Liverpool have been, it has to be said that Southampton have executed their game plan excellently. They've carried good threat on the counter, but also look troublesome with their height at set pieces. 

17:10. Lallana, who has received an unsavoury reception from the travelling supporters in one corner of the Anfield Road end, has been the Reds' most creative outlet with three key passes, as he continues his improved run of form under Klopp so far. Coutinho, however, has continued to disappoint. It wouldn't be a surprise if Firmino was also called upon sooner rather than later. Benteke, meanwhile, is warming up on the pitch at the break.

17:07. A drab first-half of football then, and you can expect changes early into the second-half if not even at half-time. Origi has had just 10 touches up-front for the hosts and Benteke will be hoping to make more of an impression should he be called upon off the bench.

17:04. If the Manchester derby was dull, then this hasn't been much better. From a Liverpool perspective, it has been largely forgettable - with Southampton looking better at both ends of the pitch. Neither goalkeeper has had all that much to do, but Stekelenburg goes in at half-time having had a very quiet first-half. The Reds are desperately short of spark in the final third, whilst the Saints have looked dangerous on the break having defended well in numbers. 

HT: Liverpool 0-0 Southampton.

45' Origi wins a throw deep in Southampton territory but yet again they can't make anything of it as Lallana is caught a few yards offside. There'll be one minute of added time. 

43' The home side really under the kosh in these final few minutes of the first-half. Koeman will be delighted with how his side have performed, and they've utilised their tactics perfectly. They've had 51% possession in these last 10 minutes.

41' Liverpool enjoy a short spell of possession before Lucas is dispossessed by Mane. Moreno does well to race back and win the ball back and gets on the end of the move to reach Lallana's pass, but he slices his shot wide. 

39' GOOD SAVE! Davis delivers the set-piece into the six-yard box where van Dijk flashes a header towards Mignolet's near post, but he palms it wide. The away side keep the ball and van Dijk sees another header go close from Tadic's cross, but Lucas is on the goalline to sweep it clear with no green shirt coming in at the far post. Half-time couldn't come soon enough for the hosts.

37' Liverpool chasing shadows currently, with the away side putting them under pressure and forcing them to lose the ball frequently. Mane then positions his body well to win a foul out of Lucas around 35-yards from goal. 

36' Still goalless and still short of any real goalmouth action, but it's Southampton looking the more likely. It's all too easy for them going forward as a few passes sees them in dangerous positions. Their final product is letting them down as Bertrand tries to find Tadic with a first-time ball in behind, when a more patient approach might have yielded more success. 

35' Andre Marriner gives Milner a talking to after the Reds' captain scathes down Wanyama just yards in front of the home fans, but he gives nothing. 

34' Liverpool improving in these last few minutes but they're fortunate not to go behind as Mane's poor first touch lets him down after another excellent run. He finds himself in acres in behind the Reds' defence, but his touch allows the ball to roll out of play. Cue sighs of relief from the home fans behind Mignolet.

33' Seven attempts from the home side, so far, but just the one on target. Neither goalkeeper has had much work to do so far, as Milner has another shot blocked after Coutinho had found him with a wonderful first-time through ball. His touch lets him down, but he feeds his skipper, whose low shot can't find its way through a ruck of bodies.

31' Wanyama goes down temporarily but is soon back to his feet after taking an innocuous challenge with Moreno. Klopp, meanwhile, remonstrates to his side after a disappointing first 30 minutes in his first league game in charge at Anfield. So far, at least.

29' Coutinho tries his second trademark attempt of the afternoon but this time it's blocked. The Reds are forced back into their own half before they look to build another attack, which they do nicely. Milner continues his run after finding Lallana and works his way into space on the edge of the area, but he flashes his drilled strike wide of goal.

27' Southampton more than holding their own at the minute, though Mane is flagged offside as he looks to run in behind. The home side need to lift themselves and their supporters.

25' The Reds struggling in the final third so far, with Southampton compact and stubborn at the back. That, in turn, is allowing them to break forward in numbers and cause problems. The atmosphere, meanwhile, is fairly subdued from the home side - who won't be overwhelmingly pleased with what they've seen thus far.

24' Liverpool break forward as Coutinho looks for Origi, but van Dijk comes across to clear into the stands. From the throw, Moreno finds Coutinho - who cuts onto his right foot and looks to bend one towards the far top corner, but it goes over the bar. 

23' Good recovery from Sakho to clear after initially slipping inside his own area. The Reds scramble clear but Can miscontrols and runs it out of play. Not all that much going the way of the home side so far, who are second best currently.

21' Fantastic ball in from Moreno down the left, but Lucas can't meet it and the Reds concede a cheap free-kick as they look to sustain possession on the edge of the area. Almost immediately up the other end, Sakho's poor header inside his own area gifts the ball to Davis - but he can't bring it under control, fortunately for the hosts.

20' Mignolet almost plays himself into danger as Mane closes him down quickly, but a clever ball roll just takes it away from the forward as he looks to pinch it off the Belgian inside his own area.

19' Clyne once again finding space down the right but struggling for any end product, with very few options on for him inside the box. Cameras show Sturridge in one of the executive boxes. How they could do with his quality up top. 

18' Southampton growing in confidence with the home side looking susceptible to their pace on the break. The Reds, meanwhile, struggling to build enough tempo to carve through the sheer numbers of defenders in the Saints' own third. They've had 65% of the possession, but Lallana's harmless shot aside, they've not done much with it.

16' Great counter attack from the away side as Mane causes all kinds of trouble, but his cut-back towards Pelle is poor and the Reds managed to clear the danger. 

15' Corner for Liverpool, which Milner again takes and it almost falls for Sakho - who narrowly misses the header. Moreno tries a half-volley from 20-yards, but it's blocked. Southampton getting plenty of bodies between the ball and their goal. 

14' Another fantastic block, this time from Skrtel - who sticks his right foot in front of Pelle as he tees up a strike on the edge of the area. No clear-cut chances for either side yet though there's been plenty of promise in this opening quarter of an hour.

13' Coutinho brings down a headed ball and looks to link up with Origi, but he checks his run after initially looking like he would make a run in behind. It drops for Stekelenburg to gather untroubled.

12' Mane wins a corner after an incisive run into the area. Davis comes across to the right side of the pitch to deliver an outswinging cross, which Fonte heads wide at the near post.

10' Almost an excellently floated ball from deep as Skrtel looks for the run of Coutinho, but van Dijk cuts it out with a well-timed header. The Reds looking good early on, though they're struggled to find space in between the lines against Southampton, who are sitting deep in a compact shape and soaking up all the home side's pressure. 

8' An end-to-end game early on, with both sides showing neat touches and flicks. Clyne looks to find Milner with a cross, but he can't control, though the deflection comes out to another red shirt on the edge of the area. They work the ball around in the final third before Lallana drops deep and finds space. He turns towards goal before shooting, but it's an easy save for Stekelenburg - much to the delight of the away fans.

6' Saints break, but Can tracks back excellently to regain possession before the home side launch a counter themselves. Origi wins a free-kick out of Wanyama inside the centre circle, which is taken quickly, but as Milner looks for Coutinho in the inside channel - the pass is well read by Fonte. 

5' Corner for Southampton up the other end as Lucas is forced to clear a low cross, but Davis' delivery is headed away by Sakho. Bertrand regains possession but the away side can't get away a second cross as Davis gives away a free-kick.

3' Superb defending by the away side, as Clyne drives forward before feeding Coutinho in space, but Soares scrambles across to block his shot. It goes for a corner, which Milner sends in towards Can at the near post but he can't hook it in to the top corner and his shot hits the side-netting. Good spell for Liverpool.

2' Calm start so far, with Liverpool asserting themselves in possession. Lallana is booed by the away contingent, before Tadic wins the ball and strides forward - but he sends his cross from the left side straight into the arms of Mignolet. 

1' Southampton, shooting towards the Kop end in this first-half, get us underway for the final game of the Premier League weekend.  

16:13. The teams are out of the tunnel and onto the pitch ready for the routine pre-match festivities. Klopp and Koeman share a handshake and a hug. We're just minutes away and you can follow it live right here. 

16:11. Liverpool looking for a win to lift them six places up the table into 7th, where they would be four points off of fourth place. Plenty of work for Klopp to do, but he'll be hoping for third time lucky today as he searches for his first win as Liverpool's manager. 

16:08. Southampton boss Ronald Koeman, speaking to Sky Sports, says Liverpool "need to win" and his side must prepare for that. He suggests they may tire late on, but says they have good substitutes to bring on so Klopp's work-rate won't negatively affect them. The German, meanwhile, says the Reds must speed up their game and accelerate the tempo - he adds that they will try to be more stable defensively and be in good shape. He believes if they can defend well, they can beat their opponents - which is the "only reason" they are here today.

16:06. Atmosphere and anticipation building inside Anfield as we near the start of this afternoon's games. The two derbies have been a little underwhelming so far, though the first was not short of controversy. Will we see a more exciting affair here? Let's hope so.

16:03. Closing in on kick-off on Merseyside. The Reds have won the last three league meetings between the clubs, both home and away, but have never won four on the bounce. Will they break records today? Stay tuned with VAVEL UK to find out.

15:59. Both sides going through the final stages of their warm-ups before retreating to the changing rooms. A win would be huge for either side, with both harbouring hopes of a European qualification spot - particularly given how open and unpredictable the English top-flight has been so far this campaign.

15:55. It's ended 0-0 in Manchester, with neither United or City having been able to find a breakthrough despite the home side's late surge. Further down south, Tottenham have taken an emphatic three points after thrashing Bournemouth 5-1 on their own turf despite the Cherries taking the lead after 51 seconds. And now for the most important game of the day...

15:51. Manchester United coming closer and closer to a decisive goal at Old Trafford. They've hit the crossbar and forced a smart reflex save out of Joe Hart in the last few minutes. A 0-0 draw would leave City perched atop the table on goal difference, with Arsenal second and West Ham and United completing the top four. 

15:49. Plenty of questions over whether Origi is really good enough to spearhead Liverpool's front-line today. The Belgian has yet to make much of an impact in his six appearances so far, although he is still only 20. Not that Klopp has many more options available to him, though, with Benteke's lack of fitness evident on Thursday night and Ings and Sturridge both out injured. Klopp clearly seems to believe in the forward, however, having spoken highly of him in recent weeks and admitted that he pursued an interest in him whilst manager of Borussia Dortmund after he shone for Belgium in the 2014 World Cup. 

15:45. Half an hour until kick-off and victory for either side today could lift them as high as seventh, with Tottenham's three points all but assured as they lead 5-1 away at Bournemouth courtesy of Harry Kane's hat-trick.

15:40. Today's encounter marks the 100th meeting between Liverpool and Southampton in all competitions, with the Reds having the clear advantage over the years. They've won 50 clashes, whilst the Saints have won 27. A win today would be just their sixth from 43 attempts on L4. They have, however, scored on 12 of their last 16 visits, and you wouldn't bet against them making it 13 from 17 today.

15:37. Elsewhere today, Sunderland moved above arch-rivals Newcastle United at the bottom end of the table, beating them 3-0 on home soil. Adam Johnson's penalty put them ahead on the brink of half-time, as Fabricio Coloccini saw red, before goals from Billy Jones and Steven Fletcher gave them their first win of the campaign. Currently, the Manchester derby is goalless - with neither side having created many clear-cut opportunities. You can follow the final 15 minutes of that game with Mosope Ominiyi here.

15:35. 4-3-3 for the visitors with the home side operating in a 4-3-2-1 formation. It'll be an interesting tactical battle this afternoon, with both managers known for employing an attractive brand of high-energy attacking football. 

15:33. Speaking of trends that Klopp will be hoping to break. Having failed to become the first manager in sole charge of the club since Graeme Souness in 1991, the German is vying to become the first manager since 2004 to win his first Anfield game in charge - with Roy HodgsonKenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers all having failed to do so since Rafael Benitez overcame Manchester City.

15:31. Did you know? Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who returns for the visitors this afternoon, played twice previously against Liverpool whilst on loan at Fulham in 2013-14, conceding seven goals. How Klopp's side could do with some improved fortune in front of goal today.

15:28. A stronger bench this time out for the home side, after they had the likes of Randall, Teixeira and Sinclair in reserve at White Hart Lane over a week ago. Full-back Randall keeps his place, though the Reds also have more senior figures in Benteke, Firmino, Allen and Ibe available. Southampton also have a number of potential game-changers to call upon, with Ramirez, Ward-Prowse and summer signings Romeu and Juanmi.

15:26. Southampton, meanwhile, make two changes as Ward-Prowse makes way for Clasie - who is brought in for his first start in the Premier League, whilst Stekelenburg returns to take his place in goal. No Jay Rodriguez, either, for Koeman's side after suffering a setback.  

15:24. No changes after all for Liverpool and Klopp, who fields an unchanged side from his first game in charge. Fimino and Benteke are in the squad, whilst Origi leads the line up-front. 

15:20. Southampton Bench: K. Davis, Yoshida, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Juanmi, Ramírez, Caulker.

15:19. Liverpool Bench: Bogdan, Touré, Benteke, Firmino, Allen, Ibe, Randall.

15:17. Southampton XI: Stekelenburg; Cédric, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand; Wanyama, Clasie, S. Davis; Mané, Tadić, Pellè.

15:16. Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno; Can, Lucas, Milner (c); Lallana, Coutinho; Origi.

15:15. The official team news is in...

Plenty of rumours on social media suggesting that Liverpool could make several changes, with Mamadou Sakho supposedly set to captain the side with James Milner relegated to the bench. The returning Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino also return, with Divock Origi another dropped. That would see Klopp lining his side up in a 4-2-3-1 like so: Mignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho (c), Moreno; Lucas, Can; Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino; Benteke. We'll have the official teamsheets at 3:15PM. Watch this space.

Emre Can has been another central to Klopp's new style, having been specifically marshalled by his new boss on the touchlines at White Hart Lane and at Anfield earlier in the week. The midfielder, who had been indifferent under Rodgers, will no doubt play a key part again this afternoon. 

Central to their defensive work will be French defender Mamadou Sakho, who has been sublime under Klopp so far. He was the stand-out at Spurs, but produced a similarly eye-catching performance at home to Rubin Kazan in mid-week - winning 13 duels and winning everything that came his way. His performance attracted stellar praise from his boss, who said: "I  can understand why they (the fans) shouted his name. Mama was really spectacular defending and good playing football."

Klopp has a lot of work to do with this Liverpool side despite the positives that can be taken from his first two games in charge and though they've been substandard infront of goal this term, as well as throughout the entire of last season, defending is just as big a priority. They will have to dig in deep this afternoon, with Southampton having attempted more crosses from open play (171) than any other Premier League team, as well as attempting more headed efforts on goal (32) than any of their rivals this term. Strangely enough, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has kept more clean sheets in the calendar year, with 13, than any other 'keeper - though the Reds have tended to ship goals when they have conceded, leaking three, four or even six goals in certain games under Rodgers over the last 18 months.

The Jürgen Klopp effect? Liverpool ran 116km away at Tottenham last weekend, in the 48-year-old's first game in charge. That was further than they had run in any league game since the start of the 2013-14 season, whilst their 614 sprints was also significantly more than the tallies they managed in their first eight games, all under previous boss Brendan Rodgers. Central to that has been midfielder James Milner, who despite relatively poor form so far this season, has outran all of his team-mates in each of their nine games this campaign. He also leads the way in terms of creativity, having produced 20 goalscoring opportunities - more than any other player in a red shirt this season. The 29-year-old is likely to keep his place in the starting line-up today and we'll have the official team news with you in a short while.

Should we be expecting goals today? The stats perhaps suggest not on the home side's part. Liverpool have scored just eight goals so far this season, the joint-worst tally in the league alongside West Brom, Sunderland and Watford. In fact, the Reds have only scored more than one goal in one game in all competitions - a 3-2 win over Aston Villa in which Daniel Sturridge scored twice. That said, Southampton do have a healthier tally of 15 goals - but only five of those have come away from home, having drawn 0-0 twice on the road.

Elsewhere, Stoke City were beaten 2-0 by Watford as Mark Hughes' 100th game in charge was ruined by Troy Deeney, who scored his first goal in the top-flight, and Almen Abdi, whose late effort sealed the three points for the visitors. Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa suffered another huge setback as they fell 2-1 to Swansea City at home despite initially making the breakthrough. Jordan Ayew had given them the advantage, but Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a free-kick before Jordan's brother Andre Ayew made it 2-1, which was how it stayed come full-time - heaping the pressure on the underfire Sherwood, who is amongst the favourites to be the next manager relieved of his duties. But there were wins for West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City as the Baggies beat Norwich City 1-0 away from home thanks to Salomon Rondon's early second-half header, inflicting a third straight loss on the Canaries, whilst Leicester managed their first clean sheet of the season to continue their fine run of form - Jamie Vardy scoring in his seventh successive league game to join an elite group of players and temporarily move his side into the top-four.

Time for a round-up of this weekend's Premier League results so far. This fixture is the final one of the weekend, with Sunderland taking on Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby in Sunday's earliest kick-off, whilst Manchester United host Manchester City in another hotly-contested derby just a few hours later. Saturday, meanwhile, saw Chelsea lose for a fifth time in just 10 games in 2015-16 as the pressure on Jose Mourinho continues to rise. His 10-man side fell to goals from Mauro Zarate and Andy Carroll either side of Gary Cahill's strike after Nemanja Matic was sent off for two bookable offences. To make matters worse, Mourinho and one of his backroom staff were sent to the stands in a forgettable 2-1 loss at Upton Park. Later in the day, London rivals Arsenal moved to the top of the table with a 2-1 home win over Everton thanks to quickfire goals from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny, despite Ross Barkley's deflected strike pulling one back for the away side minutes before half-time. Both sides hit the woodwork and spurned more opportunities as Arsene Wenger's Gunners rounded off a superb week.

 

Interestingly, four of Southampton's last six goals against the Reds have come from players who have then gone on to sign for the Merseyside club. Clyne was the last, after Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Peter Crouch had all found the back of the net before then switching to Liverpool. If you could have one Saints player in the squad Liverpool fans, who would it be and why? Tell us at @VAVELLiverpool.

Klopp, meanwhile, revealed the homework he's been doing on Southampton over the past few days - explaining their tactical approach to reporters. "It’s obvious what their strength is; they are well organised, of course, they try to press high with six players, and four stay a little bit deeper," the German said. "You have to play football if you can, you have to play long balls, you have to fight for second balls – that’s what they do. They want to play if you let them. If not, they have Graziano Pelle. It’s a good thing to give him the ball because he’s very physical and technical, a really good striker. They have Sadio Mane around him - big speed, a big talent, a really good player. And Dusan Tadic on the left wing; I heard he had the most crosses in the Premier League. You know how they want to play, they are in good shape and they have seven points from the last three games. They were close to a victory against Leicester but maybe they closed the book a little bit too early and they came back to draw. They are a good team and it’s not an easy game. But we are at home and that’s what we want to show."

On Klopp coming into the club, the Dutchman added: "It isn’t easy, as a new manager you need time. I was surprised how they played the first 30 minutes vs. Tottenham. A very different Liverpool. You need time, but there’s a lot of speculation because it’s Liverpool – one of the biggest teams in the Premier League. Every weekend it’s very intensive. You don’t have a lot of difference between the clubs, and you have to play on a good level to win. If you stay one year you know it’s a tough competition, there’s no break and you need a full squad for that. If the club is sacking their manager, some players will be happy, some players will be disappointed. But a new manager brings new details in for the team. The system, how they play, there will be a change. It isn’t easy in one week or two weeks to see a big difference. As a new manager you need more time." 

With the absentees of both sides in mind, Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is confident of victory over a Liverpool side under Jürgen Klopp he believes are "very different" to Brendan Rodgers' side. "I’m confident, because we know what we have to do, we know how we like to play," he told reporters. "If we play at our level, and we’re a compact team, Southampton is a team that is difficult to beat."

TEAM NEWS: On-loan first-choice goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is back for the visitors, recovering from a back injury which should see him replace Kelvin Davies between the sticks. Jay Rodriguez could also return to bolster Koeman's attacking options, but will be reassessed late as he continues his recovery from pain in his foot. Full-back Cedric Soares is available despite suffering a gash above his eye last weekend, whilst Shane Long (ankle), Florin Gardos (knee) and Fraser Forster (knee), normally the man in goal for the Saints, are all out.

TEAM NEWS: Otherwise, for Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge is unlikely to be involved this afternoon. Whilst his manager refused to rule him out in Friday morning's pre-match press conference, he was forced to undergo a scan later in the day on a knee injury - after Klopp admitted he has some fluid around the area. Having had a culmination of problems throughout the last 18 months, there are fears that the injury-stricken striker could be set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines. Jordan Henderson (foot), Jon Flanagan (knee), Danny Ings (ACL), Joe Gomez (ACL) and Jordan Rossiter (hamstring) are other absentees.

TEAM NEWS: Though Clyne will line up against his former team, only Adam Lallana - who was one of three players to leave St Mary's for Anfield in the summer of 2014 - is also likely to play against his old team. Whilst defender Dejan Lovren returned from a foot injury last week, he has yet to be included in any of Klopp's matchday squads so far and Rickie Lambert is no longer with the club, leaving for West Bromwich Albion a few months ago.  

Interestingly, Southampton's 3-1 defeat of Chelsea last month was their first victory on the road since February 7 and brought to an end a 10-game winless streak away from home. 

In the last three ties between Liverpool and Southampton, the South Coast club have fired just one goal - which right-back Nathaniel Clyne fired at the Kop end on the opening day of the 2014-15 campaign. He lines up against them in a red shirt for the first time today, having made the £12 million switch to Merseyside in the summer. 

Southampton will fancy their chances this afternoon, however. They are unbeaten away from home in the current Premier League season, winning one and drawing three. You might also say they have some revenge to reap, having lost all three of the last meetings between these two sides.

Did you know? Liverpool have drawn 1-1 in six of their last eight games in all competitions. Three of their last four league games have all ended level. What a win today could do for their confidence. 

Unbeaten in their last three, the Saints threw away a two-goal lead at home to in-form Leicester City last weekend. Jose Fonte's header and Virgil van Dijk's stabbed close-range finish gave them a healthy advantage going into the break, but Jamie Vardy made it six goals in six games - hitting a brace in the second-half, with the latter goal coming in the 90th minute as the home side let their lead slip. That came just a fortnight after they had visited Stamford Bridge and downed an out-of-sorts Chelsea 3-1. Their only defeats, this season, have come to Manchester United and Everton - both on home soil.

Southampton, meanwhile, didn't have a Thursday evening game after being knocked out of the Europa League in the qualifying rounds. But they've started their league campaign in relatively strong form as a result, with Ronald Koeman's men two places above Liverpool - albeit on the same amount of points.

The story is a similar one in the league, with four points separating them and fourth place - whilst they are a further four away from league leaders Manchester City. Klopp will be hoping for a morale-boosting victory against the Saints today then, with top four still very much the target this season. 

And Klopp was on the touchline at Anfield for the first time on Thursday night, as they welcomed Rubin Kazan to L4 in the third group stage game of the Europa League. Things didn't start well, as the visitors opened the scoring after 15 minutes - Marko Devic sending a delightful flick past Mignolet following good chest control from captain Oleg Kuzmin's over the top pass. Kuzmin was sent off after two yellow cards soon after and Klopp's side took full advantage from the resulting free-kick as Emre Can lashed home from just a few yards out to equalise. But despite dominating the rest of the first-half and the second 45 minutes against 10-man Kazan, they couldn't find the goal to put them ahead - as Christian Benteke came closest when he hit the post at the Kop end. Ultimately, they were left frustrated as they were held to a third successive Group B draw - though they remain second, four points off leaders FC Sion.

The Reds took on Tottenham Hotspur in the German's first game in charge, but despite a promising start - which saw Divock Origi hit the woodwork with a close-range - they soon faded and were reliant on Simon Mignolet to keep them in the game, as he denied Clinton N'Jie and Harry Kane as both sides shared the points in a goalless draw at White Hart Lane

Today's hosts, Liverpool, come into the game with manager Jürgen Klopp still looking for his first victory in charge. Since being appointed as the successor to Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked by owners Fenway Sports Group, he has overseen back-to-back draws.

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