Liverpool wins in first match without Suarez


Liverpool kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 victory over Southampton at Anfield on Sunday.

Playing in their first match since the departure of striker Luis Suarez, now at Spanish giants, Barcelona, the Reds opened up the scoring when Raheem Sterling found the goal box in the 23rd minute.

Eleven minutes into the second half, Southampton right back, Nathaniel Clyne brought home the equaliser, providing a much needed confidence boost for the Saints after a difficult few months in which the side lost its key players, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren to Liverpool, as well as manager, Mauricio Pochettino, to Tottenham Hotspur.

Despite holding their own against the Reds for much of the second half, a 79th minute goal from Daniel Sturridge, off a Sterling header, denied the Saints victory.

"I think we played a great second half, after 1-1 I think there was one team on the pitch playing and it was Southampton,” new Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman, told the BBC.

"The way we played I think brings us a lot of confidence. We need one or two players more, a winger. The club is working hard”.

Liverpool will next face Man City in an away game on August 25th, while Southampton faces West Bromwich Albion at St. Mary’s Stadium on August 23th.


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