- Chances a-plenty for Reds
- Saints sit 10th
- Liverpool on 27 pts, level with Man City
Liverpool took a lot of shots, but few were on target as Southampton held the Reds to a scoreless draw Saturday at St. Mary’s.
The Reds saw Man City join them atop the Premier League table with 27 points, and could see Chelsea leap over them with a win at Middlesbrough on Sunday.
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The game moved toward Liverpool as it reached the half-hour mark, and Fraser Foster poked Sadio Mane‘s 27th minute rip over the frame. The ensuing corner flew dangerously through the 18, absent receiver.
It was 0-0 at half, and the Reds thought they might have a penalty just after the restart. Roberto Firmino hit the deck after some contact from Virgil Van Dijk, but referee Mark Clattenburg was unimpressed.
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A timely intervention from Jose Fonte kept the match scoreless after Roberto Firmino found fellow Brazilian attacker Philippe Coutinho early in the second half.
Charlie Austin was a danger man for Southampton, if a bit clumsy, and missed on a 59th minute chance to put Saints ahead.
It began to feel like Liverpool wouldn’t have it, as Firmino was played through by Coutinho only to poke his incredible chance wide of the far post.
Jurgen Klopp made his first sub in the 78th minute, bringing Daniel Sturridge on for Emre Can. Sturridge immediately found solid work, playing a good cross that Nathaniel Clyne headed across goal and wide of the far post.
Firmino hit a laser in the 82nd minute, but Forster parried it out for a corner.