Southampton 0-2 Liverpool: Reds battle to hard-earned away win to boost top-four hopes

A goal either side of half-time from Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling saw Liverpool win a tricky and tactical encounter against fellow top-four hopefuls Southampton at St Mary’s, reports BBC Sport.

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring just minutes into the game with a brilliant strike from distance. The talented Brazilian struck an effort that went in via the crossbar to break the deadlock at St Mary’s.

The goal saw Southampton try to fight back to level the game, but their goal woes on home soil continued, with winger Eljero Elia forcing a save from Reds ‘keeper Simon Mignolet. Saints had two penalty shouts in the opening 45 minutes following challenges on new-boy Filip Djuricic, but the referee was unmoved.

In the second-half, Southampton tried and failed to find the breakthrough against a resilient Liverpool defence. The home side enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, but just couldn’t create a clear-cut opportunity.

Liverpool then piled misery onto the South coast outfit after Raheem Sterling doubled the Reds’ lead. The England international capitalised on a mistake from Saints defender Matty Targett, and finished from close range to seal the win.

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