Premier League

January 22, 2005

Full-time

Southampton

2 - 0

Liverpool

Premier League

12:45 +00:00, January 22, 2005

St. Mary's Stadium, England

Referee: A Wiley

  • 93'

    For Liverpool it's three defeats in a week and far from a Happy New Year. Back to the drawing board for Rafa, who had close to a full-strength team out.

  • 93'

    It is. Fulltime, the ref blows the whistle. And Harry Redkanpp and his side have won a famous victory and a thoroughly deserved win. A great team performance by Southampton, goalscorers Crouch and Prutton deserve the plaudits, but Jamies Redknapp was exceptional.

  • 92'

    Riise tries a shot after gathering the ball, but it must be fulltime now...

  • 92'

    Pongolle finds Baros as Liverpool press and win a corner

  • 92'

    Jones tries to hold the ball in the corner to use up the remaining seconds

  • 91'

    A corner for Saints after strong work from Crouch

  • 90'

    Great play from Redknapp to win the ball then spot Prutton who fired in a good shot which stung Dudek's gloves.

  • 90'

    Three minutes of stoppage time has been signalled

  • 89'

    Garcia gets a booking for cynical tackle on Jones

  • 89'

    Biscan and Gerrard try to conjure an opening, but there are too many Saints players behind then ball

  • 88'

    A change for Southampton, off to great applause goes Svensson and on comes the promising striker Kenwyne Jones who has just returned from a successful loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday

  • 87'

    A long ball from Niemi is wasted as it reaches his opposite number.

  • 87'

    Jakobssen with a fine tackle to deny Baros - who has been Liverpool's liveliest player

  • 86'

    A free header for Crouch creeps just wide of the post

  • 86'

    Prutton slows the game down, waiting for Crouch to find space before firing in a cross

  • 85'

    Garcia's touch fails him and a decent position is lost and Saints are back on the ball and must have this game all sewn up

  • 84'

    Liverpool in a mess at the back, but luckily Delap couldn't take advantage

  • 83'

    Foul given against Garcia for a foul on Prutton.

  • 82'

    Saints working hard to deny Liverpool anytime to create any meaningfull chances

  • 81'

    Gerrard tries to curl a another shot around the keeper but it never looked like threatening Niemi

  • 80'

    Biscan wins a corner for Liverpool. Gerrard takes and it reaches Riise, but his following cross is poor.

  • 80'

    Ten minutes to go and if Liverpool are to get anything out of this game they need to score soon.

  • 79'

    Great run by Baros who cut across the top of the penalty area only before slipping a ball to Pongolle whose shot was blocked.

  • 78'

    A change for Liverpool, Igor Biscan takes the place of Hammann

  • 77'

    John Arne Riise tries a shot from distance, but its off target.

  • 76'

    A change for Southampton, off goes Nilsson and on comes Andreas Jakobsson.

  • 75'

    Great vision by Morientes to switch play from the left to right wing, the ball ends up with Baros who makes space for shot, but drags his effort wide.

  • 74'

    Gerrard tried a tradmark piledriver from the freekick but Prutton blocked the effort.

  • 73'

    Baros goes down under a tackle from Redknapp - nothing too serious.

  • 73'

    Liverpool tear forward only for Raven to try his luck from distance, but his shot is poor

  • 72'

    Yet another strong move by Southampton, this time it ends when Crouch is double-teamed

  • 70'

    Penalty claim waved away by the ref - it looked like Crouch was manhandled to the deck by Raven - lucky escape for the 19-yr-old making his Premiership debut

  • 69'

    The move ends when Crouch fails to get a shot away following a Prutton cross.

  • 69'

    Saints on a quick break. As Liverpool press on there are gaps at the back.

  • 68'

    Still time for Liverpool to get something out of the game, and they are coming back into it, but Southampton deserve the glory.

  • 67'

    The medical staff say Hypia has twisted his hip - which sounds painful!

  • 66'

    And the change is made - Hypia off and David Raven on in his place. Actually Raven goes to right back and Carragher moves into the centre with Pellegrino.

  • 65'

    Hypia looks uncomfortable and could be making his injury worse by playing on.

  • 64'

    Baros is angry this time after he is ruled to have used his hand to control a ball in a tussle with Telfer

  • 63'

    Hypia is back on the pitch and is furious to have conceded a corner

  • 62'

    Hypia was off the pitch so unable to defend a Saints corner, but the ball was cleared

  • 61'

    The game has moved up a gear - great spell for both sides, but the game stops as Hypia needs treatment. He looks in real pain. He made a great tackle on Crouch to prevent a goalscoring chance, but the big defender is off the pitch taking treatment on a leg injury.

  • 60'

    Another foul given against crouch for using his frame against the defender

  • 59'

    Morientes and Baros link-up well but Morientes' shot flies high over the bar.

  • 58'

    Excellent tackle by Claus Lundekvam to prevent Baros from getting a shot in on goal following great win play by Pongolle

  • 57'

    The freekick is nudged to Gerrard who thumps the ball hard against the crossbar, and it flies out for goalkick

  • 56'

    Harsh call against Redknapp - a freekick just outside the box in a central position for handball, when the ball actually hit Redknapp's thigh.

  • 55'

    Pongolle and Gerrard not quite on the same wavelength and as such a one-two fails to work.

  • 54'

    Mikael Nilsson can't reach Higginbottom's final ball and another fine attacking move by Southampton ends.

  • 53'

    Saints win the latest midfield battle and forge forward.

  • 52'

    The second half has started as a much more even contest - Southampton continue to play well, but Liverpool have upped thier play

  • 51'

    Two half chances for Liverpool in the space of 30 seconds. Firstly Morientes tried his luck but failed to really connect with the shot. And secondly Baros fired in a low shot which fizzed fractionally wide of the post.

  • 49'

    Redknapp sees the keeper off his line and tries his luck with a shot from the freekick, but Dudek backtracks and saves.

  • 48'

    Foul given for a foul on Prutton by Didi Hamman - but surely Wiley should have waved play-on, Saints hada great position. Yellow card for hamman.

  • 47'

    Delap wastes some good build-up play. He beats Hypia, but fails to drag the ball back across the box after reaching the byline.

  • 47'

    Pongolle with some good early work down the right wing.

  • 47'

    OK, we're back and Liverpool have made a change, but it's not Gerrard. Off has gone Warnock and in his place has come Florent Sinama Pongolle.

  • 47'

    However, the home side can be proud of themselves - great team display, hussling for every loose pass and using possession well. Prutton and Redknapp shining for the home team. Keep it here for the second half!

  • 47'

    The Rafa-Revolution looks to have stalled - a terrible week so far for the Reds! They have been beaten to the ball across the pitch and need to find a way to counter Saints' dominance in the middle. Gerrard is surely not 100 match-fit.

  • 47'

    But the whistle goes foe halftime. And what a half for Saints!!

  • 46'

    Poor control from Baros allows Saints to mount an attack down the right...

  • 46'

    Baros caught offside.

  • 46'

    Two minutes of stoppage time will be played.

  • 45'

    Southampton close down and give Liverpool no time on the ball at all. Great team display.

  • 45'

    Corner to Liverpool after Garcia's shot was deflected

  • 44'

    Another poor pass from Pellegrino - he needs to get the basic right, but the adjustment to the speed of the Premiership has found him off the pace.

  • 43'

    Pellegrino has had a half to forget - this time he tries to launch a pass forward, but passes it out of play.

  • 42'

    Jamie Carragher escapes the ref's wrath after clearly committing a foul - Wiley waves play on

  • 40'

    Dudek makes another save from Crouch who tries his luck with a snap shot after good build-up play.

  • 40'

    Gerrard can't be fully-fit. He's been sluggish and could be subbed at halftime.

  • 39'

    Higginbottom fires in a poor cross and Liverpool can regather - but they are under pressure immeadiately with Crouch defending from the front.

  • 38'

    Delap, Svensson, Redknapp and Higginbottom are linking play together - neat passing showing Liverpool up to be raggedd and shapeless.

  • 38'

    Redknapp goes into the book for a foul on Luis Garcia - nasty but not malicious.

  • 37'

    The Rafa-Revolution looks to have stalled - Liverpool look poor - unable to find an answer to Southampton's dominance.

  • 36'

    Niemi has been a bystander - only Gerrard's wild shot for him to worry about.

  • 35'

    Svensson defends well - cutting out a clipped ball from Hypia to Garcia

  • 35'

    Foul given against Crouch for backing in.

  • 34'

    Warnock's pass to Baros is cut off and Saints break, only fro Redknapp to be fouled - what a game he's having!

  • 33'

    There is some real hit-and-hope passing by Liverpool - which Southampton with their numerical advantage in the middle are fully exploiting

  • 32'

    Dudek saves from Delap after the Liverpool defence was exposed yet again. Delap should have squared a pass to the unmarked Crouch and it would have been 3-0.

  • 31'

    Terrible shot from Svensson - out for a throw! Liverpool clear

  • 30'

    Another corner after Gerrard headed away Calum Davenport's effort

  • 29'

    Corner for Saints after some great work by Prutton.

  • 28'

    Good play by Warnock, he lost his marker, collected the ball and fired in a great cross but Baros and Morientes couldn't capitalise

  • 27'

    Liverpool clear their lines, but they can't get a foot on the ball in the middle. Redknapp is having a great game, gathering loose balls, calming those around and using possession well.

  • 26'

    Actually he wasn't! Higginbottom tried to drive it at goal, but the walls tood firm.

  • 25'

    Freekick to Saints on the right flank - Redknapp will be looking for Crouch

  • 24'

    Good work by Dudek to cut out a one-on-one - the refs flag was up for offside, but good work none-the-less by the Pole

  • 23'

    What a start for Southampton! Harry Redknapp has shaken Liverpool, they look in need of help, but the half still has plenty of time to run. Benitez will not be happy.

  • 22'

    Crouch on target with a firm header, but once again Pellegrino has dropped a clanger. He tried a clearance that reached no-one, then got sucked in trying to press Redknapp, he passed to Prutton, totally unmarked as Pellegrino was out of position, then his simple cross found Crouch. Simple, but effective!

  • 21'

    2-nil!!!!!!!!

  • 20'

    Terrible ball by Steven Gerrard - straight to Southampton player. He then tries a long range shot after Baros worked hard to keep the ball in.

  • 19'

    Luis Garcia miscontrols but escapes - but still Liverpool not in thier stride. They are playing easy-to-defend balls through the middle - not good enough

  • 18'

    Delap throws-in another trademark huge throw - just as good as a corner, but again Dudek claims it. Crouch perhaps waiting for the bang on his head to calm before attack long balls?!

  • 17'

    Danny Higginbottom fires in a great cross, but its cleared, but only as far as Svensson - all Saints pressure!

  • 16'

    Clash of heads. Crouch and Hypia on the deck getting the magic sponge treatment.

  • 15'

    Liverpool try to arrest Saints dominance by spending some time on the ball - they spread it left to right across the back before moving it forward, only to lose possession. Poor.

  • 14'

    How are Southampton in the wrong half of the table? They are playing some great football; slick passing, to feet - can they keep it up for 90mins?

  • 13'

    Prutton feeling confident! After some clever passing Prutton ignores the option of lifting a pass to Crouch and tries his luck from distance. Sadly for him the shot was well wide.

  • 13'

    Stephen Warnock and Baros link-up well, but Baros shot is off target

  • 12'

    Yes they can, Redknapp floated a beauty into the box, but Dudek jumped highest to claim

  • 12'

    Handball given against Luis Garcia - can the Saints whip a good ball in

  • 11'

    Former Liverpool man Jamie Redknapp on the ball, spreds it to the talented Svensson

  • 11'

    Long ball from the back aimed at the long, long frame of Crouch

  • 10'

    Morientes goes down in the penalty area, not a full-on dive, but he made a bit too much of it. He went down too easy after just losing control of the ball. No pen.

  • 9'

    Liverpool finally get some possession and showing their quality

  • 8'

    Liverpool try some clever stuff from a freekick, but it doesn't work at all and the ball ends up back with Antti Niemi

  • 7'

    Hypia brings the ball forward before passing to Baros - signs of Liverpool composure

  • 7'

    It's all Southampton at the moment - their 4-5-1 giving them a dominance in midfield at the moment.

  • 6'

    Pellegrino clears the ball from a low cross - he was clearly taken aback by the pace of the Premiership by that goal

  • 5'

    The Saints have the bit between their teeth now - tearing forward and passing the ball at will. Liverpool shellshocked.

  • 4'

    David Prutton finished neatly from a tight angle after he closed down Mauricio Pellegrino and exposed some terrible Liverpool defending - great start!

  • 3'

    Goal for Southampton!!!

  • 2'

    Anders Svensson gets a round of applause from the home fans after a forward run. Rory Delap takes a long throw but Dudek gathers

  • 1'

    Sami Hypia shields the ball the back to Jerzy Dudek after cutting out a pass meant for the lanky Saints striker Peter Crouch

  • 1'

    Early pressure from Liverpool, in all yellow today, Fernando Morientes looks lively

  •  

    Milan Baros leaps high but fails to connect with a Jamie carragher cross - he went for the spectacular but ended up on the deck

  •  

    Referee Alan Wiley blows his whistle and we're underway

  •  

    And for Liverpool: Liverpool: Dudek, Carragher, Hyypia, Pellegrino, Warnock, Luis Garcia, Gerrard, Hamann, Riise, Baros, Morientes. The subs: Traore, Sinama Pongolle, Biscan, Raven, Carson.

  •  

    The team news is in, lining up for Southampton: Niemi, Telfer, Lundekvam, Davenport, Higginbotham, Nilsson, Prutton, Delap, Redknapp, Anders Svensson, Crouch. And on the subs bench: Jakobsson, Oakley, Smith, Jones, Ormerod.