Sadio Mane put the home side ahead just after the half-hour mark and while the visitors did have their chances, Klopp’s men rode their luck before Thiago Alcantara’s neat finish sealed all three points.
Whereas the Reds have fallen victim to complacency and a lack of confidence in the past, this game appeared to mark something of a rejuvenation within the team’s energy levels. They were fighting for every ball, they pressed high up the pitch and as the night went on, they were beginning to experiment more in the final third.
Southampton were given a whole lot of time in possession both in the first and second half, and if their finishing was slightly better, things could’ve gotten a lot worse for the hosts. They were also more than happy to back off and welcome on attacks from the Saints, whilst simultaneously making the wrong decisions with their final ball.
Manager rating out of 10
8 — Jurgen Klopp made some brave defensive decisions within his starting XI and while he rode his luck at times, that trust seemed to largely pay off. There was far more of an attacking intent within Liverpool’s rhythm and play, and even the delay in making substitutions didn’t appear to throw them off the course on a decent evening of work for the German.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Alisson, 9 — The Brazilian was back to his best today, making several important saves to keep Liverpool ahead, although he almost gifted Che Adams a goal in the final 15 minutes.
DF Andrew Robertson, 8 — Another game, another impressive display of leadership from the cool customer, who covered his fellow defenders and kept consistent with his positional play.
DF Rhys Williams, 7 — When he’s given the chance to stand players up the youngster fares well, but in a battle for pace, he’s regularly caught off guard.
DF Nat Phillips, 7 — Outside of a few tracking issues it feels like Phillips is starting to come into his own both through affirmative challenges and solid passing vision.
DF Trent Alexander-Arnold, 8 — On a day like this it’s easy to forget Trent is a defender — because the local lad was nearly perfect with his deliveries.