Skip to content

Liverpool 0-1 Southampton: Lovren’s header gives Saints shock win (video)

Sep 21, 2013, 12:06 PM EDT

In the biggest shock of the day, Southampton won 1-0 against the current league leaders to hand Brendan Rodgers‘ team their first loss of the 2013-14 campaign.

Following a lackluster display from Liverpool, the Saints grabbed all three points at Anfield courtesy of a second half header from defender Dejan Lovren. The Croatian international headed home Adam Lallana‘s corner in the 54th minute to send the away fans into dreamland.

After the game’s opener, Liverpool tried to force the issue and get in behind Southampton’s defense, but Mauricio Pochettino‘s men held firm to seal the biggest win of his managerial career in the Premier League so far. It was Liverpool’s first defeat in 13, since they lost 3-1 to Southampton at St. Mary’s back in March.

Early on, Liverpool pushed Saints back and controlled proceedings without really testing Polish goalkeeper Artur Boruc, as an early shot from Jordan Henderson went straight at Saints’ ‘keeper after a good move down Liverpool’s right hand side.

But soon after Boruc was forced into making a tremendous sprawling save to his right, from Steven Gerrard‘s free kick in the 20th minute, to keep the score levels. Gerrard bent the ball up and over the wall and Bourc got a strong hand to it to keep out the Liverpool captain.

Southampton impressed as half time arrived, but Rickie Lambert’s left-foot volley went horribly wrong and Liverpool’s makeshift defense of Mamadou Sakho at left back was struggling to control a lively Saints attack.

source: Getty Images

It was a hugely disappointing defeat for Steven Gerrard and Liverpool.

Moments later came another terrific save from Boruc on 36 minutes, as the Polish ‘keeper managed to throw himself at the feet of the onrushing Victor Moses and tipped the ball wide for a corner.

As half time approached, the home side began to assert their dominance but it was 0-0 at the break, with both teams yet to have any clear cut chances. At the interval Liverpool brought on Raheem Sterling for Iago Aspas, as they aimed to score in the second half for the first time this season.

But it was the visitors who looked most likely to do that, and on 47 minutes Southampton pressed high up the field and forced Simon Mignolet into several mistakes that almost proved costly. And soon after the pivotal moment came, as Lovren headed home. The Croatian defender did superbly to hold off his marker and head towards goal, and Gerrard’s despairing dive on the goal line couldn’t stop the ball going in.

Southampton came so close to adding a second goal soon after, as Luke Shaw surged forward from left back and took on three players before Mignolet somehow smothered his shot, and clawed away the rebound from the onrushing Steven Davis.

And as the game closed out, Liverpool were frustrated by Southampton and hardly looked like grabbing an equalizer, in what was an off day for Rodgers’ side.

The win sees the Saints move up to fifth, while Liverpool remain top but could lose their place at the summit if any of Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City or Manchester United win on Sunday.

LINEUPS

Liverpool: Mignolet, Toure, Sakho, Skrtel, (Alberto 72) Agger (Jose Enrique 57), Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard (c), Aspas, (Sterling 46), Sturridge, Moses. Subs not used: Jonse, Kelly, Wisdom, Ibe.

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Lallana (Ward-Prowse 76), Rodriguez (Cork 89), Lambert (S. Davis 66), Osvaldo. Subs not used: K. Davis, Hooiveld, Ramirez, Chambers.

Latest Posts
  1. VIDEO: Frank Lampard scores on his final Premier League appearance

    May 24, 2015, 11:16 AM EDT

    FBL-ENG-PR-MAN CITY-SUNDERLAND FBL-ENG-PR-MAN CITY-SUNDERLAND

    PL legend signs off in style with a goal in his final game in England’s top-flight.

  2. VIDEO: Theo Walcott’s first-half hat trick will live in Boaz Myhill’s dreams

    May 24, 2015, 11:14 AM EDT

    Arsenal's English midfielder Theo Walcott celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London on May 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR LIVE SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS.        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images) Getty Images

    It was a trio for Theo, as Arsenal’s speedy Englishman helped the Gunners to a big halftime lead over West Bromwich Albion.

  3. VIDEO: Jack Wilshere nets a thunderbolt to increase Arsenal’s big lead over West Brom

    May 24, 2015, 11:10 AM EDT

    Arsenal Getty Images

    Arsenal has a big lead in its season finale, and this goal is a big reason why.

  4. LIVE – Premier League at the half: Hull without a breakthrough; Arsenal, Stoke up big

    May 24, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    N'Doye Getty Images

    Storylines are abound as all 10 games have reached halftime.

  5. Crystal Palace vs Swansea City (Lineups and Live Stream)

    May 24, 2015, 9:52 AM EDT

    Monk Getty Images

    Garry Monk and Swansea City have secured a record Premier League points total for the club, and will look to add to it today.

  6. Watch Live: Leicester City vs. Queens Park Rangers (Lineups and Live Stream)

    May 24, 2015, 9:42 AM EDT

    Queens Park Rangers v Leicester City - Premier League Getty Images

    Nigel Pearson’s Foxes will suit up Jamie Vardy, recently called up to England, and Leonardo Ulloa. QPR’s 18-year-old striker Reece Grego-Cox will start alongside Charlie Austin.

  7. Watch Live: Aston Villa vs. Burnley (Lineups and Live Stream)

    May 24, 2015, 9:35 AM EDT

    Aston Villa v Liverpool - FA Cup Semi-Final Aston Villa v Liverpool - FA Cup Semi-Final

    Can the Villans prepare for the FA Cup in style or will Burnley sign off with a win? Watch live online.

  8. Watch Live: Arsenal vs West Brom (Lineups and Live Stream)

    May 24, 2015, 9:34 AM EDT

    Arsenal Getty Images

    Jack Wilshere makes his 100th Premier League appearance as Alexis Sanchez starts at the head of the attack looking to lock up third position.

  9. Watch Live: Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Lineups and Live Stream)

    May 24, 2015, 9:33 AM EDT

    Everton v Tottenham Hotspur - Barclays Premier League Getty Images

    Romelu Lukaku, of course, spearheads the Toffees attack, while DeAndre Yedlin is on the bench for Spurs.

  10. Watch Live: Newcastle United vs. West Ham United (Lineups and Live Stream)

    May 24, 2015, 9:24 AM EDT

    Aston Villa v Newcastle United - Premier League Getty Images

    Papiss Cisse and Emmanuel Riviere will lead Newcastle’s charge. Former NUFC manager Sam Allardyce will use ex-NUFC captain Kevin Nolan.

  11. Watch Live: Stoke City vs. Liverpool (Lineups and Live Stream)

    May 24, 2015, 9:23 AM EDT

    Gerrard AP

    Gerrard makes his final appearance for the Reds. Will he get a winning finish? Watch live online.

  12. Watch Live: Manchester City vs. Southampton (Lineups and Live Stream)

    May 24, 2015, 9:15 AM EDT

    Southampton v Aston Villa - Premier League Getty Images

    Can the Saints win to seal a spot in the top six? Watch live online, here.

  13. Watch Live: Chelsea vs Sunderland (Lineups and Live Stream)

    May 24, 2015, 9:15 AM EDT

    DrogbaCech Getty Images

    Didier Drogba and Petr Cech both make what is likely their final appearances for Chelsea as the Blues look forward to lifting the championship trophy.

  14. Watch Live: Hull City vs. Manchester United (Lineups and Live Stream)

    May 24, 2015, 9:08 AM EDT

    Manchester United v Hull City - Premier League Manchester United v Hull City - Premier League

    The Tigers must win to have a chance of survival. Can they pull off the “great escape” at the KC? Watch live, here.

  15. WATCH: Premier League online via NBC Sports Live Extra – Championship Sunday

    May 24, 2015, 8:45 AM EDT

    Live Extra

    How and where to watch all 10 games on the final day of the 2014-15 Premier League season.

  16. Didier Drogba will play his last match for Chelsea today

    May 24, 2015, 8:31 AM EDT

    Drogba Getty Images

    The Ivorian international will say farewell to Stamford Bridge for the second time in his career looking to extend his career elsewhere.

  17. Report: Falcao told he will not return to Manchester United

    May 24, 2015, 8:03 AM EDT

    Falcao Getty Images

    The Colombian striker will not be back at Old Trafford next season as Louis van Gaal will not trigger the buy option on his expensive loan from Monaco. However, he could look to stay in the Premier League next year.

  18. Geoff Cameron inks new three-year contract at Stoke City

    May 24, 2015, 7:33 AM EDT

    Cameron Getty Images

    The US international has become a Premier League regular and it looks to stay that way for the next three years.

  19. MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 0-0 Sporting Kansas City

    May 24, 2015, 12:10 AM EDT

    Benny Feilhaber, Sporting Kansas City Benny Feilhaber, Sporting Kansas City

    To grind out a point in Sporting KC’s current predicament is impressive, but the Sounders were very, very poor.

Featured video

PST Extra: Relegation drama on final day