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Jurgen Klopp wrung the changes after their FA Cup victory as Liverpool produced one of the narrow football results of the midweek action in the Premier League. Nathan Redmond gave the hosts a shock lead in the 13th minute before Takumi Minamino equalized in the 27th minute. Joel Matip scored the winner in the 67th minute to take them one point behind leaders Manchester City with a game to go.

Player ratings

Southampton: McCarthy (5), Walker-Peters (5), Lyanco (6), Stephens (6), Salisu (6), Tella (6), Redmond (7), Ward-Prowse (7), Diallo (6), Broja (6), Elyounoussi (6).
Subs: S. Armstrong (6), C. Adams (6)

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Gomez (6), Konate (7), Matip (7), Tsimikas (7), Jones (7), Elliott (7), Milner (7), Minamino (7), Jota (7), Firmino (8).
Subs: Henderson (7), Origi (6), Keita (6)

Man of the match: Roberto Firmino

Managers Reaction 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “An incredible performance. After making nine changes, if it didn’t work out it was my responsibility, now it worked out it’s the boys’ responsibility. I thought they did exceptionally well. Some incredible performances tonight. I saw a group reaction to a blow [for the Southampton goal]. I didn’t see it back but thought it was a clear foul and in these situations, you can lose nerves but the boys kept going. We controlled the game. We calmed that atmosphere down, it became a normal game and not the game Southampton wanted.”

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: “We have played against a good team that made a lot of changes but still had a lot of quality upfront. It was a perfect start for us. We took a lot of risks today – sometimes it was a little bit scary – but the goal was exactly what we wanted to do. We had nothing to lose. Against the ball, we tried a different way to defend, deeper because in the last weeks we’re conceding too many goals. it worked ok.”

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