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Full-time: Liverpool 1-1 Southampton

  • Substitute Christian Benteke nets an emphatic header but Jurgen Klopp denied a first win as Liverpool manager after Sadio Mane's late equaliser
  • Mane sent off in second-half stoppage time after picking up two yellow cards in as many minutes
Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane notched a late equaliser for Southampton before being swiftly dismissed for two bookable offences AFP

The wait for Klopp's first victory as Liverpool manager goes on. Despite Christian Benteke's emphatic header, they have now drawn all of his first three matches in charge after switching off from a set piece. Mane's late red card will have soured things somewhat for the visitors, but that is a good point and Koeman will not be too disheartened.

That result sees Liverpool up to ninth, level on points with today's opponents in eighth and West Brom just below. That is all we have time for tonight, but stay tuned to IBTimes UK for post-match reaction over the coming hours. Goodbye.


Liverpool 1-1 Southampton

Goalscorer Mane is off as he picks up two very quick bookings, the second for a clumsy foul on Moreno. The full-time whistle blows.

Red card: Sadio Mane (Southampton)

Liverpool apply more pressure but Firmino just cannot reach Benteke's knockdown. Ward-Prowse heads away the corner with 90 seconds left.

Just woeful from Pelle as he finds nothing but air when attempting a spectacular finish. He will not want to see that again.

Four minutes of added time signalled as Southampton just about clear a Liverpool corner. Can either side find a winner?

One corner of Anfield erupts as Southampton snatch an equaliser. Ward-Prowse's short free-kick is helped on by Fonte and Ramirez heads it back across goal before Mane bundles home at the back post. Klopp looks mightily peeved.

Goal: Liverpool 1-1 Southampton (Sadio Mane)

One final substitution from Klopp sees Jordon Ibe replace Coutinho. Milner then has his name taken by referee Marriner for a feisty challenge on Bertrand.

Southampton will have to go for it now in these final 10 minutes. Koeman responds to the goal by summoning Gaston Ramirez. Davis goes off.

It appears that I may have tempted fate as Liverpool now have the first goal of Klopp's Premier League managerial career. Milner is left in acres of space to swing in a cross from the right flank and substitute Benteke runs across the front of Fonte before powering an exquisite header over Stekelenburg and into the top corner. Brutal.

Goal: Liverpool 1-0 Southampton (Christian Benteke)

Attacks for both teams just fizzling out just at the moment. This looks destined to end 0-0 barring a moment of sheer luck or individual brilliance.

Another long-range attempt from Coutinho goes over as Fonte applies the necessary pressure. Just over 20 minutes left to play.

A change from Klopp too as Firmino comes on for Lallana. No shortage of boos from the travelling support as their former captain makes way.

64 minutes on the clock and Koeman makes a change as Tadic walks off to be replaced by Ward-Prowse.

Commendable cover again from Bertrand as he drops behind his centre-backs to put pressure on Lallana after the latter is found by a searching ball forward from Coutinho. The shot trickles wide.

From the subsequent corner, Davis whips in a dangerous ball that is met by the head of Fonte. Can puts behind to thwart Van Dijk and Mane but the offside flag is raised once more.

In fairness to Moreno, that is an excellent recovery tackle to deny the speedy Mane. Brilliantly timed.

Another Reds attack ends at the feet of Moreno as the Spaniard blasts well over the crossbar. The effort and intent is certainly there, even if the execution is not.

Liverpool turn the screw as Clyne and Lallana combine down the right before the latter sends a low ball across the box. Moreno collects before receiving it back via a smart flick from Can and fizzing a shot that goes across the face of goal and away.

Southampton win a corner and Davis looks to find Van Dijk but Mignolet can claim.

Moreno battles away down the left and gets a fortunate break before playing a neat one-two with Lallana. His low pass does not quite pick out Milner but the offside flag is raised anyway.

One change at the break for Liverpool as Benteke replaces the underwhelming Origi. The big Belgian almost makes an immediate impact as he wins a set piece and also sees a deflected effort cleared away from the line by Davis.

The teams are back out for the second half at Anfield. This game is finely poised.


Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

Clyne and Lallana combine to find the run of Moreno down the left-hand side of the penalty box, but he strikes across the ball with his left foot and it ends up travelling well over the top.

Van Dijk is beginning to prove something of a menace in the air as he rises above Clyne to power a header back across goal. However, Fonte and Wanyama are both caught on their heels and Lucas drops in to clear.

Van Dijk wastes a good chance as Lucas gives away a cheap free-kick and the former Celtic defender is presented with a free header from just a few yards out. Mignolet is able to make the save.

Questionable decision-making from Tadic as Mane cuts inside and he takes the ball off his toes. The midfielder feeds Bertrand, whose low cross is swallowed up by Mignolet.

Nice chest control from Pelle to find Davis, whose attempted pass through to Mane just runs away from the Senegalese international.

Clyne finds Coutinho, whose nicely weighted first-time pass towards Lallana is slightly miscontrolled. Milner is on hand to collect possession but his powerful drive is blocked by a sliding Wanyama.

Another long-range try from Coutinho is blocked by Fonte. The industrious James Milner then exchanges passes with Lallana before rifling a low shot wide.

Strong defending from Virgil van Dijk to snuff out the danger but Liverpool quickly come again as Coutinho cuts inside from the left and bends a right-footed shot over the crossbar.

A good defensive header from Bertrand to stop Lallana making contact with Alberto Moreno's dangerous ball in. A chance for Steven Davis then goes begging as he fails to make significant contact with a loose ball in a dangerous position.

An important block from Martin Skrtel to deny Pelle as he lets fly from 18 yards.

Lovely skill from Sadio Mane to nutmeg his marker and win a corner for the visitors. Tadic delivers as Jose Fonte steals a march on Divock Origi, but his header is well over.

Ryan Bertrand leaves another former Southampton favourite, Adam Lallana, in far too much space just outside the penalty area but his shot is tame and collected easily by Stekelenburg.

An early sniff of goal for Graziano Pelle but the cross is too close to Simon Mignolet.

At the other end, former Saints right-back Nathaniel Clyne bursts forward and feeds Philippe Coutinho and Cedric recovers to block his shot. From the resulting corner, Emre Can pulls to the front post but his flick at goal flies harmlessly wide.

Andre Marriner gets proceedings underway on Merseyside.

The full-time whistles have blown at Old Trafford and Dean Court, where Manchester City have returned to the top of the Premier League on goal difference following a dour stalemate against rivals United and Tottenham have recovered from an early 1-0 deficit to thrash Bournemouth 5-1 courtesy of Harry Kane's hat-trick.

Attentions now switch to Anfield, where kick-off is just minutes away.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has made two alterations to his team for the trip to Merseyside. Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg returns after missing the 2-2 draw with Leicester with back problems, with veteran Kelvin Davis on the bench.

Summer signing Jordie Clasie is also back as James Ward-Prowse is named as a substitute. Cedric Soares recovers from an eye injury to retain his place but Jay Rodriguez misses out with a foot problem.

Klopp names the same Liverpool team that started his first game in English football against Tottenham last weekend, with only Lucas Leiva replacing Joe Allen from the XI that drew 1-1 with Rubin Kazan in the Europa League. Both Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino remain on the bench following their respective cameos on Thursday night.

Southampton: Stekelenburg, Cedric, Fonte, Van Dijk, Bertrand, Wanyama, Clasie, S. Davis, Mane, Tadic, Pelle

Subs: K. Davis, Yoshida, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Ramírez, Juanmi, Caulker

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Milner, Coutinho, Lallana, Origi

Subs: Bogdan, Toure, Benteke, Firmino, Allen, Ibe, Randall

Good afternoon and welcome to IBTimes UK's latest live coverage of a bumper weekend of Premier League football as new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp takes charge of a top-flight game at Anfield for the first time against Southampton.

Kick-off for this one is at the slightly later time of 16:15 BST, but we will have breaking team news and confirmed line-ups for you very shortly. You can also follow live coverage of the Manchester derby and Tottenham's trip to Bournemouth here.