Agger goal proves winner for Liverpool

Liverpool 1-0 Southampton
Premier League
Saturday, 1st December 2012

Daniel Agger‘s headed goal just before half-time proved the only goal of the game as Liverpool recorded a crucial win at Anfield.

Liverpool were boosted by the return of influential midfielder Lucas Leiva, who lined up alongside Joe Allen and Steven Gerrard in midfield, with Jonjo Shelvey returning to the line-up in support of Suarez and Sterling up front. Jose Enrique moved back to left-back.

Brendan Rodgers side dominated the first-half and finally got the breakthrough when Agger guided Glen Johnson’s cross past the Southampton keeper after Suarez’s free-kick was well saved.

Before that the home side had hit the post and crossbar.

The second half wasn’t so dominating and Liverpool failed to put the game away, wasteful in front of goal and on the counter attack several times. Sterling twice got into good positions but couldn’t quite pick the final pass.

There was also the problem of Suarez receiving his fifth yellow card of the season, for a deliberate handball, meaning he will be banned for next week’s trip to West Ham. He will therefore travel for the crucial final Europa League group game against Udinese this week.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Lucas (Carragher 88), Allen (Henderson 69), Gerrard, Shelvey, Sterling, Suarez.
Subs not used: Jones, Wisdom, Sahin, Suso, Downing.

Ref: Oliver
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  • dean jones

    Rodgers OUT !!! He has us playing tipy tapy crap football ? Your a disgrace like the clown FOOLGLISH ? Hope we get relegated,so we rid are club of the SHAMBOLIC signings of FOOLGLISH ???

    • sMoke

      Just remember that there are few clubs Southampton hasn’t scored against. Our defense played great, but there’s some work to do in the final third. And Gerrard played like crap. BR needs the old Gerrard so he can get us some wins, although Allen and Lucas showed that they can make a strong midfield duo.

      • josek

        LFC Clearly need a new standard of supporter, What a bunch of dickheads

        • Gerard

          Lucky!

          You can keep your job Brendan for ANOTHER week only!

          Loose again and your OUT!
          Owner

          • lankytoreador

            standard of intelligence in this comment is summed up by the spelling – it’s lose you idiot.

        • Redblooded Male

          Are you on your period or what? Yeah we do need a new standard of supporter, ones with a winning mentality. Sheep like you are the reason FSG think they can get away with treating us like a foster child, & BR feels he isn’t obligated to win. You might be used to being a loser?
          I ain’t, you’re a dick/dickhead

    • Gano1

      What a retard!!!!!

      • Andrew Murray.

        That’s Insulting Retards.

    • True red

      What a mug! Do you actually know anything about football??

    • eskimo

      i have seen some really stupid comments on this site but this one defenietely takes the cake

    • Rederik

      Why don,t you lick the back of Fergies ball bag

  • imoff

    BR’s persistence with British players is awful….henderson ,carra, downing , suso not playing again and assaidi is a mystery….SG was poor again in this game and he certainly does not have the guts to sub him…its not that allen has been fantastic either.LFC’s toothless attack almost cost the 3 points it just might be worse with Suarez suspended.

  • jim

    What’s happened to yessil when are we going to see what he can do. Time to drop Allen and let the creative players actually do what they do best instead of passing backwards all the time. Is gerrard carrying an injury which is hushed up to be the reason for under par performances.

  • Gano1

    Come on FSG get that striker in January then watch us fly up the table!!!

  • Redblooded Male

    What do you know? West Ham won convincngly without Caroll!
    They’ll be ultra up for it having beaten Chelsea, playing @ home, & Suarez unavailable. Can’t believe BR subbed his golden boy Allen, had he subbed Suarez before the 81st min, when the match was practically won, then the handball in the World Cup wouldn’t get dredged up again, as bad as it’s going to be.

    • josek

      Dick

      • Redblooded Male

        You mediocrity accepting sheep. Why don’t you go support Everton, Tranmere Rovers or Southport if your so satisfied with underachieving?
        You skidmark

  • Erik

    Too many negative lads here, c’mon and shape up and stop shouting about sacking everyone here and there. I know we’ve had a dreadful season, but I think we’re playing a LOT better – ‘cept for this last fourth in every attack – than last season. With another scorer in January we’ll also be more lucky (deflections, post in instead of out, referee-dec’s), believe me. Lucas is back, thus Gerrard can go higher, and perhaps Allen will bloom. Enriques shift lately is another good sign. Reina seems deeply involved again.

  • Funcrusher

    I’m sure the comment sections on TIA used to be much more respectable than this. Since when did it become a home for trolls and idiots?

    • Butragenio

      since you joined mate.

      • lankytoreador

        ho ho. very clever

  • L Shaw

    Happy for the three points. We were wasteful with chances. It would be nice to put teams like Southampton away early. All in all a fair result. Lets hope Suarez makes a difference vs Udinese. We can beat Westham, but our finishing must improve.

  • eskimo

    we played well, just sterling has to improve his desiscion-making. i don’t think missing suarez for 1 week is a bad thing. he didn’t look fit at all and i think a weeks rest will do him a world of good

  • geomang

    Too little too late. Some fans here are older than others and remember Liverpool in their high days. 11th position is never near as good enough for Liverpool. A great one once said ” if you’re first you’re first, if you’re second you’re nothing. “

  • alchemist

    We won and that’s all there is to it. In a few months time we would all forget whether we played well or not…doesn’t matter at all really…3 points in the bag :)