Published:6 January 2021
Danny Ings' superb second-minute lob gave Southampton a 1-0 home victory over Liverpool's Premier League leader, with the Reds' attack looking rudderless as they were kept scoreless for the second game in a row.
The injury-hit champions played in a makeshift centre-back match between Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, striker Ings, who joined Southampton on loan from Liverpool in 2018 before making a move permanent a year later, was able to exploit some uncertainty on a set-piece to secure the victory.
The win boosted Southampton to the sixth in the 29-point table, behind Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City on the goal difference. Liverpool will sit at the top 33 points ahead of Manchester United, who has a game in hand, on the goal difference.
As Henderson called his players to shore up the centre, James Ward-Prowse floated a free-kick to the left that Trent Alexander-Arnold had struggled to deal with, and Ings pounced to send a deft left-footed lob over Alisson to the net.
Liverpool did not manage a single shot at the target in the opening 45 minutes, with Mohamed Salah's best opportunity just over the bar during the first half of the pause.
They dominated the second half, but once again, a determined effort by the massed ranks of Southampton's defence held them out, and coach Ralph Hasenhuettl dropped to his knees at the final whistle while his players celebrated.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp, whose side was held to a goalless draw by Newcastle United in their last game, was disappointed by the display.