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Liverpool’s last 5 visits to St Mary’s — Reds’ Southampton jinx

Liverpool face the Saints on Saturday, looking to avenge some terrible recent results at St Mary’s. Henry Jackson (@OnFootballTweet) recalls the Reds last five visits to the south coast.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 16, 2013: Liverpool's goalkeeper Brad Jones looks dejected as Southampton score the opening goal during the Premiership match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Brad Jones looks dejected as Southampton score the opening goal. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTHAMPTON 3-1 LIVERPOOL- 16th March 2013

A hugely depressing afternoon for Brendan Rodgers and his side last season saw Liverpool’s faint top four hopes all but ended.

Morgan Schneiderlin put the hosts ahead after just six minutes, firing home after good work from Jay Rodriguez. Rickie Lambert’s deflected free-kick doubled Southampton‘s lead shortly after the half-hour mark.

Although Philippe Coutinho pulled one back for the Reds right on half-time, their hopes were put to bed after the break. Rodriguez was allowed to run at the Liverpool defence, and he scored at the second attempt to guarantee all three points.

LFC XI: Jones, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Gerrard, Allen, Downing, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge.

SOUTHAMPTON 2-0 LIVERPOOL- 22nd January 2005

Rafa Benitez’s first trip to St Mary’s as Liverpool manager was an unsuccessful one, as the Reds continued their unpredictable league form back in the 2004/05 season.

Mauricio Pellegrino, the Argentine veteran, endured a disastrous afternoon, and it was poor defending by him that led to Southampton‘s opener. He lost possession to David Prutton, who exchanged passes with future Red Peter Crouch before finishing well.

The lead was soon doubled, and this time it was Prutton who turned provider for Crouch. His cross was met emphatically by the big striker in the 22nd minute, and Liverpool never responded.

LFC XI: Dudek, Carragher, Hyypia, Pellegrino, Warnock, Luis Garcia, Gerrard, Hamann, Riise, Baros, Morientes

SOUTHAMPTON 2-0 LIVERPOOL- 14th March 2004

Michael Owen missed an important penalty, not for the first time in his Liverpool career, as the Reds suffered yet more misery on the south coast a decade ago.

Gerard Houllier’s side dominated the first-half but missed numerous chances, with Owen squandering a golden opportunity when clean through on goal after 45 minutes.

They were punished shortly after the interval, as James Beattie finished coolly to put the Saints ahead. Owen’s missed penalty with 18 minutes remaining was critical, as Kevin Philipps’ deflected effort sooner after put the game to bed.

LFC XI: Dudek, Biscan, Henchoz, Hyypia, Carragher, Kewell, Gerrard, Hamann, Diouf, Baros, Owen

SOUTHAMPTON 0-1 LIVERPOOL- 18th January 2003

Liverpool’s only win in their last five attempts at St Mary’s came 11 years ago, with Emile Heskey’s goal the difference between the two sides on a cold January evening.

The Reds had gone an astonishing 12 games without a win in the Premier League going into the match, and Houllier was under real pressure.

Heskey’s goal, a header after 14 minutes, was the striker’s first in 19 games, and the visitors clung on to earn a crucial three points for the manager, players and fans alike.

LFC XI: Kirkland, Carragher, Hyypia, Henchoz, Traore, Murphy, Gerrard, Diouf, Riise, Owen, Heskey

SOUTHAMPTON 2-0 LIVERPOOL- 19th January 2002

Liverpool blew a golden opportunity to go second in the Premier League during the 2001/02 campaign, as a sloppy display saw them beaten at the home of Southampton for the first time in eight years.

The Reds created chances in the first half but the on-loan Nicolas Anelka, in particular, was guilty of not being clinical enough in front of goal.

In the 60th minute Sami Hyypia conceded a penalty, after bringing down Matt Oakley, and Beattie dispatched the spot-kick. John Arne Riise, on as a substitute, then disastrously sent a looping head into his own net, as Liverpool’s title dreams were dealt a huge blow.

LFC XI: Dudek, Wright, Hyypia, Henchoz, Carragher, Murphy, Hamann, Gerrard, Smicer, Anelka, Litmanen

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