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Adrian howler makes for nervy ending but Mane and Firmino deliver Liverpool three points

Jurgen Klopp’s men secured a 2-1 win at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.

Roberto Firmino celebrates doubling Liverpool's lead.
Roberto Firmino celebrates doubling Liverpool's lead.
Image: Steven Paston

SADIO MANE AND Roberto Firmino struck at Southampton as Liverpool won 2-1 to continue their run of consecutive Premier League victories despite a late Adrian mistake.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds started poorly on the south coast on Saturday, seeing their hosts squander a couple of presentable first-half chances, but Mane, as so often, came up with the goods.

His brilliant effort – a third of the season after two in the Uefa Super Cup final – woke Liverpool from their slumber and they were comfortable in the second period even before Firmino doubled the advantage.

There was a wobble when Adrian hacked the ball straight at Danny Ings for an unlikely Saints response. Former Reds striker Ings should have equalised with a gilt-edged chance for his second, yet Liverpool held on.

A run of nine wins to close out last season could not deny Manchester City the title, but that streak of league successes goes on – reaching a club-record-equalling 11 – as Klopp’s men look to be in the mix again this term.

Southampton v Liverpool - Premier League - St Mary's Stadium Nathan Redmond and Andy Robertson battle for the ball. Source: Steven Paston

Liverpool, perhaps missing Alisson’s calm in possession, looked shaky at the back early on, but they were grateful to Adrian – passed fit after a freak ankle injury in the Super Cup celebrations – for an instinctive close-range stop from Maya Yoshida following a corner.

The hosts remained on top and had another huge headed chance as Che Adams met Oriol Romeu’s cross 10 yards out but nodded over the crossbar.

Yet after 46 minutes of toil, former Southampton man Mane came up with a moment of inspiration for the European champions in first-half stoppage time, cutting inside from the left and drilling into the top-right corner from 20 yards. 

Liverpool were improved after the restart and Joel Matip flicked James Milner’s scuffed shot agonisingly wide, before Angus Gunn denied Mohamed Salah as he raced through on the right.

Firmino should have stretched the lead when he slid a finish past the right-hand post, but he made no mistake the next time he was granted a sight of goal, moving from left to right in the area and striking low into the bottom-left corner.

Gunn expertly saved from Mane and Andy Robertson, and Southampton threatened a late fightback when Adrian comically hurried a clearance into Ings’ shins with the ball finding the back of the net. The former Liverpool man squandered another late chance from close range as Klopp’s men escaped.

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