The Reds tore into a first-half lead with two goals inside five first-half minutes, opening the scoring when Philippe Coutinho scored a world-class effort, following up on his magnificent midweek strike against Manchester United in the Europa League.
Coutinho’s great goal https://t.co/dDpfqKkMSU
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) March 20, 2016
Moments later, Daniel Sturridge—who shone against Southampton in the League Cup earlier in the campaign—made it 2-0 when he fired a low shot past Fraser Forster after being set up by Divock Origi.
Liverpool survived a scare at the beginning of the second half when Martin Skrtel gave away a penalty after pulling back on Graziano Pelle’s shirt, only for Simon Mignolet to save Sadio Mane’s spotkick—much to the delight of Jurgen Klopp.
Mignolet saves Sadio Mane’s penalty – safe to say Jurgen Klopp was pleased about it pic.twitter.com/WzY8iPtf9e
— Sporting Index (@sportingindex) March 20, 2016
However, their luck was to run out soon after.
Mane made amends when he pulled a goal back following Pelle’s fine pass, before the Italian striker added an equaliser seven minutes before the end after excellent work from Shane Long.
Goal #saintsfc ??
— SportlobsterFootball (@Football_SL) March 20, 2016
There was an extra sting in the tale for Liverpool, as Klopp, barely believing what he was watching, was slow to react to Saints’ increasing dominance and was helpless as Mane completed an excellent second-half performance by bagging an 86th-minute winner.
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