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Klopp on Adrian’s mistake: ‘He has ticked that box now’

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Jurgen Klopp found the funnier side of Adrian’s howler which gave Southampton a sniff of picking up a point against Liverpool on Saturday.

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With seven minutes to go Liverpool led 2-0 but Adrian, who was rushed back from injury himself after replacing the injured first-choice goalkeeper Alisson, inexplicably passed the ball straight to Danny Ings who scored.

Speaking to the BBC after the game, Klopp laughed off Adrian’s mistake and said he is now a proper Liverpool goalkeeper because of it.

“Southampton had one more big chance and if they score then we can’t moan about that – but I think we deserve three points. I’m happy with the performance,” Klopp said. “We gave them a proper boost by that nice pass by Adrian. He has finally arrived because it is his third game and so it is normal for a Liverpool keeper to tick that box [by making a mistake]! Now we can carry on.”

After shouting “Adriannnnnn! Like Rocky!” after Adrian’s penalty kick heroics which won Liverpool the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday, Klopp keeps rolling out the classics.

Long-term he knows Alisson will be his first-choice goalkeeper and after the struggles of Lorus Karius and Simon Mignolet, Klopp is chilled out enough to know Liverpool’s goalkeepers always seem to have a few big mistakes in their locker.

Hopefully, for Liverpool’s sake, Adrian know has that big mistake out of his system.

Mane sorry for scoring vs. Saints: ‘What a game!’

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Sadio Mane returned to Southampton and scored a stunner and had a hand in the eventual game-winner as Liverpool left St Mary’s with a wild 2-1 win.

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Superb goals, stunning saves, a horrendous howler and a miss of the season contender, this game had it all.

Speaking to the BBC after the game, Mane apologized for scoring against his former club and was happy to escape Southampton with a win.

“I’m sorry it is against my old team and sorry I have to score but I’m wearing a Liverpool shirt now,” Mane said. “Southampton was a very good step for me, I have big respect for this club. It is an amazing place. I learned a lot here and they are very nice people. But it is part of football and you have to deal with it.”

Mane pointed to the Super Cup final win in Istanbul against Chelsea on Wednesday — he scored twice in his first start of the new campaign after missing preseason due to the Africa Cup of Nations — as a factor in Liverpool’s sluggish start, but as soon as he scored the superb opener they clicked through the gears.

“What a game, it was not an easy game but you have to expect a tough game like this at this stage of the season,” Mane said. “After playing 120 minutes on Wednesday it was not easy and we know it would be difficult. It was not easy and it took us a little bit of time to get going. But we got the three points and I think we deserved it. Once we scored the first goal it was easier for us.”

Liverpool rode their luck late on after Adrian’s howler allowed Danny Ings to score and the former Liverpool forward then whiffed on a shot six yards out as Saints pushed to make it 2-2.

Mane’s quality is clear and he looks fresh despite his busy summer with Senegal and set up Andrew Robertson late on with an audacious back heel.

Liverpool will have to manage his minutes when December and January roll around, but on this form, how on earth does Klopp leave him out?

Liverpool edge past Saints in wild clash

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Liverpool rallied to beat Southampton 2-1 at St Mary’s on Saturday in a wild encounter on the South Coast.

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Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino scored for Liverpool, while Danny Ings scored a crazy goal late on for Saints after a Adrian howler as they set up a pulsating finish.

Ings then whiffed on a glorious chance to make it 2-2 as Liverpool held on for the win.

The wins sees Liverpool make it two from two before they face Arsenal next time out, while Saints have lost their first two games of the season before heading to Brighton.


4 things we learned

1. Red-hot Sadio Mane the difference: He scored a stunner for the first goal, won the ball back for the second and forced Gunn into a brilliant stop from his header and set up Andrew Robertson with an audacious back heel. Mane was the difference and even though he returned late from the Africa Cup of Nations, he looks as a fresh as a daisy.

2. Saints’ defensive issues persist: Southampton were their own worst enemies. They gave Mane too much space for the first goal and then needlessly tried to play out of the back for the second. Saints have brought in Kevin Danso but he didn’t make his debut and moving forward they need to stop silly defensive errors if they’re going to push away from another relegation scrap.

3. Liverpool shake off the rust, just: Jurgen Klopp will not be happy with this display overall. Liverpool turned it on at the start of the second half and almost tore Saints apart, but Adrian’s howler epitomized a shaky display and the Reds were lucky to leave with all three points.

4. Danny Ings should have been the hero: He jumped off the bench to score against his former club and he should have scored a second. Ings whiffed on a great cross from Yan Valery just after he had made it 2-1 and his anger was clear. Ings was left on the bench and came on and made a point, curling just over with another glorious effort. If he stays fit, he is still Saints’ biggest hope of finishing towards the top 10.

Man of the Match: Sadio Mane – Outrageous goal, lovely flicks and tricks and truly showed up against his former club. Wonderful showing from the Senegalese winger.


Saints started well as Che Adams almost nipped in front of Adrian and the goalkeeper then had his clearance blocked by James Ward-Prowse.

At the other end Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain dragged a shot just wide, while Adrian made a fine save to deny Maya Yoshida from close range.

Southampton continued to cause Liverpool problems as Ryan Bertrand‘s cross was pushed away by Adrian and Yan Valery couldn’t finish. Mohamed Salah smashed over on the break as Liverpool struggled to get going in the first half.

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Che Adams nodded just over from inside the six yard box but the home team were then made to pay. Mane was given an extra yard in the box and curled home a stunner against his former club to put Liverpool ahead right on half time.

In the second half Angus Gunn came up with a huge save to deny Salah, who was clean through, while Saints continued to press hard for a way back into the game.

On the break Liverpool were rampant as Mane’s cross found Firmino but the Brazilian striker flicked his effort inches wide of the far post. Danny Ings jumped off the bench and curled inches over the bar as the former Liverpool forward came so close to an equalizer.

Firmino then made it 2-0 up the win as Mane won the ball back and the Brazilian cut inside and finished low. Gunn then denied both Mane and Robertson (the latter was denied after an audacious back heel from Mane) as Liverpool ended the game on fire.

However, Adrian then gifted Saints a way back into the game as he played the ball against Ings who slotted home to make it 2-1. Moments later Ings missed a glorious chance as Yan Valery played him in inside the six-yard box but the former Liverpool man couldn’t handle the bobble and flicked it wide.

VIDEO: Sadio Mane scores screamer for Liverpool v. Saints

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Sadio Mane has started the season in sensational fashion.

After scoring twice for Liverpool in their Super Cup final win against Chelsea on Wednesday, Mane curled home a stunning shot right on half time.

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Mane was playing against his former club and after Southampton had created the best chances, it was a huge boost for Liverpool to go in ahead at the break.

Click play on the video below to see Mane open the scoring in style.

Watch Live: Saints v. Liverpool headlines five PL games

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Five Premier League games are coming up at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, as the second Matchweek of the new campaign comes roaring at us.

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Southampton and Liverpool clash at St Mary’s in the main game at 10 a.m. ET, while two new boys have their first home games back in the PL.

Aston Villa host Bournemouth at Villa Park, while Norwich host Newcastle at Carrow Road. Elsewhere, Everton host Watford and West Ham travel to Brighton.

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You can access additional games by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold which also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.

The schedule for all five games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.


10 a.m. ET: Southampton v. Liverpool – NBCSN [STREAM]
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10 a.m. ET: Brighton v. West Ham – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Everton v. Watford – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Norwich v. Newcastle – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]