It wasn’t a five-star performance by any stretch of the imagination, but Nathaniel Clyne’s first-half effort was enough for the German coach to end his three-game run of draws.
There were several positives for the Merseyside giants to take from Wednesday evening’s fixture, and a handful of key performers; here are our Liverpool player ratings.
Adam Bogdan – 8/10
A handful of excellent saves, particularly from Junior Stanislas early on. Could Bogdan put pressure on Simon Mignolet for a starting berth between the sticks?
Nathaniel Clyne – 7.5/10
The match winner on the day, and demonstrated his versatility by switching over to the left flank. Will likely be a key man under Klopp.
Kolo Toure – 5.5/10
Replaced with a hamstring injury just after the half-hour mark, missing an opportunity to impress.
Connor Randall – 7/10
The youngster impressed in defence, and might be given more game time should Klopp look to turn to youth over the coming months.
Dejan Lovren – 6/10
Recalled to the team for his first game under Klopp, but, with Mamadou Sakho watching on, was again far from his Southampton best. Improved as the game wore on.