Premier League: Liverpool 1 Southampton 0
By Football News
A dominant Liverpool got back on track as a Daniel Agger header gave them a 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday.
The hosts saw plenty of action in the Southampton area in the English Premier League clash at Anfield, but were wasteful in front of goal.
Agger was able to finally break the deadlock a few minutes before half-time with a strong header into the top corner.
Brendan Rodgers' men continued their confident performance into the second half, but once again failed to convert chances and towards the end looked to protect their slender lead.
Liverpool were the brighter of the two teams in the first 10 minutes, with Glen Johnson almost opening the scoring with the deftest of touches from a Luis Suarez ball.
Jonjo Shelvey was next to waste a good chance, forcing a save from goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga after his first touch let him down.
A similar situation minutes later saw Suarez in the same scenario, but this time Southampton's Argentine 'keeper saved the Uruguayan's shot a little more confidently.
Shelvey struck a powerful effort off Gazzaniga's post moments later as frustrations grew around Anfield before Agger's opener.
Suarez had just struck the crossbar with a free-kick and the rebound fell to Johnson, whose cross was headed into the top corner by Agger.
After the break, Liverpool continued their dominance and pushed immediately for a second.
Suarez looked to lead the attacking line, but chance after chance was either thwarted by the Southampton defence or squandered by the hosts.
It looked as though Jose Enrique might be the man to double Liverpool's lead, but the full-back's effort on the angle was poked out for a corner by his marker.
Liverpool's display looked to come off the boil in the latter stages and through their failure to double their lead, looked instead to protect the slender one they had.
It led to a nervous finish but they held on for just their fourth league win of the season.