Liverpool vs Southampton LIVE: FA Cup result and reaction as Jayden Danns scores first two senior goals

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool find new ways to make teenage dreams come true. Three days after three rookies played pivotal parts in winning a trophy at Wembley, two newcomers scored the first goals of their career at a packed Anfield. For Lewis Koumas, it was a debut strike, for Jayden Danns, one of the novices who embarrassed Chelsea, a brace to cap a remarkable week that brought his maiden first-team game, a medal and now two finishes in front of the Kop.

Perhaps he ought to retire now: he may never have a week like this again. And, once again, Liverpool’s academy extended their hopes of sending Klopp off with a quadruple.

In the broader reckoning, Southampton had the chances to take a three-goal lead by half-time. Yet it is Liverpool who advance to an FA Cup quarter-final with Manchester United after a 3-0 win, their remarkable season progressing with a couple of heart-warming tales of players whose surnames were familiar, but their faces were not.

Follow all the reaction from Anfield below plus get the latest FA Cup odds and tips right here:

Liverpool vs Southampton LIVE

  • Liverpool XI: Kelleher, Gomez, Quansah, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, McConnell, Elliott, Clark, Bradley, Gakpo, Koumas

  • Southampton XI: Lumley, Bree, Stephens, Bendarek, Manning, Charles, Rothwell, Aribo, Edozie, Mara, Kamaldeen

  • Goal – Koumas scores on his Liverpool debut right before half-time (1-0)

  • Goal – Danns clips in his first senior goal to double Liverpool’s lead (2-0)

  • Goal – Danns finishes his second from close range after Bradley’s shot saved (3-0)

  • Report: Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

Liverpool FC 3 – 0 Southampton FC

Jayden Danns headlines Liverpool’s impressive next generation to continue FA Cup adventure

22:32 , Karl Matchett

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool find new ways to make teenage dreams come true. Three days after three rookies played pivotal parts in winning a trophy at Wembley, two newcomers scored the first goals of their career at a packed Anfield. For Lewis Koumas, it was a debut strike, for Jayden Danns, one of the novices who embarrassed Chelsea, a brace to cap a remarkable week that brought his maiden first-team game, a medal and now two finishes in front of the Kop.

Perhaps he ought to retire now: he may never have a week like this again.

And, once again, Liverpool’s academy extended their hopes of sending Klopp off with a quadruple.

Rich Jolly’s report from Anfield:

Danns headlines Liverpool’s impressive next generation to continue FA Cup adventure

FT: Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

22:15 , Karl Matchett

Jurgen Klopp on ITV:

“Incredible game. Southampton is a top side, our midfield press was not quite right. For 15 minutes we were all over and Saints could have scored but we found our way, scored a wonderful goal.

“Koumas is a fantastic finisher, Dannsy we knew he’s a good finisher too. He’s really calm in that situation – it’s proof of his nose, he’s in the right spot, he arrives there.

“The whole event was pretty special. We don’t always want to make it about the horribly difficult situation but for some reason there’s a real positive mood about it all anyway.”

FT: Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

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Liverpool players speaking at full time – first up Harvey Elliott:

“It’s been unbelievable. We could easily get carried away with the circumstances and an emotional day at the weekend and I think it was easy to forget the job we needed to do – but [Danns] came on and he’s been amazing.”

Two-goal hero Danns:

“It’s a dream come true, I’ve supported the club since birth so to score at the Kop end it’s unreal.

“The keeper come close and you just have to dink it. The second one I lost all composure, just went sliding!

“My dad said he was crying when I made my debut so I don’t know what he’s doing when I’ve scored!”

FT: Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

21:53 , Karl Matchett

That’s it – final whistle at Anfield. Lewis Koumas in the first half and a Jayden Danns brace after the restart have sent this young Liverpool team through to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Danns at the double:

90+2’ – Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

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Results tonight: Chelsea have beaten Leeds, Man United knocked out Forest and Wolves beat Brighton. This result for Liverpool will see them head to Old Trafford in the last eight, therefore.

Into injury time we head and despite Saints’ very good start, they didn’t take advantage of it and Liverpool have ultimately cruised through after that first goal.

89′ – Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

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Liverpool sub: Gakpo off, Kaide Gordon on.

Four minutes added on at Anfield.

GOAL! 87’ – Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

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That’s the third for Liverpool and it’s a second for Danns!

A header clear lands at Bradley’s feet, his first touch is good and his second is an outside-of-the-boot finish which the keeper saves – but Danns reacts first and thrashes it home side-footed for an Anfield brace.

86’ – Liverpool 2-0 Southampton

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Gakpo, out of nowhere – where has this been all game? Wins the ball in his own half, bursts forward, takes on two players who try to scythe him down and then laces one just over the crossbar. Almost a spectacular goal, just off-target.

84’ – Liverpool 2-0 Southampton

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Good defending from Gomez and Tsimikas to deny Saints the space they thought they were breaking into down the right – it’s behind for a corner but some of the zip has gone out of the visitors’ play since that second goal went in.

Liverpool six minutes from the quarter-finals and their bid for a domestic cup double, or indeed a cup treble, or in fact the whole lot and the quadruple including the league, still looks very much on.

80’ – Liverpool 2-0 Southampton

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Liverpool sub: Trey Nyoni comes on for Harvey Elliott. Just 16 years old and that’s another debut for a Liverpool player – the club’s third youngest-ever player.

Danns’ finish here for your viewing:

76’ – Liverpool 2-0 Southampton

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Harwood-Bellis on for Walker-Peters, who had only just come on. Looks like he slipped and tweaked something.

That’s Liverpool looking certain into the quarters now and they’ll seemingly be facing Manchester United, who have scored late on against Nottingham Forest.

GOAL! 73’ – Liverpool 2-0 Southampton

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That’s 2-0 – and that’s another former footballer’s son on the scoresheet for Liverpool tonight! Elliott’s through ball is perfect, Danns races behind the defender, out comes the keeper and the teenager just dinks a beautiful finish over him and into the net!

Another first senior goal for one of Klopp’s kids tonight.

72’ – Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

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Good trickery from Elliott on the flank and he clips a lobbed cross to the far post…Danns leaps but can’t quite grow enough to nod home on the run.

The home fans urging their team on to find this second goal but Saints are still standing firm, still in with a chance of something at the other end.

Mac Allister now ups the tempo to beat his man and cross – Elliott’s flick is cleared, Clark rattles in a shot which is blocked and it’s behind for yet another corner. Tsimikas delivers…beyond everyone.

69’ – Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

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Huge chance, should be 1-1. A corner reaches Charles at the far post and he has time to chest it down – then smashes it into the near side-netting instead of across the face of goal.

Saints double sub: Rothwell and Edozie off, Smallbone and Adams on.

66’ – Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

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Lots of Liverpool pressure now as they look for an all-important second. Jurgen Klopp will not want a second match going to extra time in the space of three days.

Elliott and Danns combine on the edge of the box and the latter’s shot is blocked behind. He almost scored at Wembley once or twice – he’d love another couple of attempts at Anfield too, you suspect.

62’ – Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

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A corner reaches Konate but it bounces off his shoulder and over. Jurgen Klopp turns to his bench to make two more substitutions.

Alexis Mac Allister and Jayden Danns on for James McConnell and Lewis Koumas.

The goalscorer gets a huge applause as he departs and a big hug from Pepijn Lijnders as he reaches the bench.

58’ – Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

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Tsimikas is in space down the left but this time he can’t collect Clark’s pass, which is slightly overhit.

Saints sub: Sulemana off, Adam Armstrong on. James Bree also replaced, Kyle Walker-Peters on. Closing in on an hour of game time at Anfield now and it’s still just the one-goal lead for the Premier League leaders.

54’ – Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

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Bobby Clark, brilliant. Cody Gakpo, terrible. A first-time pass from the youngster frees the Dutch international in the box but his shot is atrocious, swiped off-target with loads of time to line up his effort.

Another poor outing so far from Gakpo, who really should be producing more as the senior player in that attack tonight.

52’ – Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

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Saints play out again, almost lose the ball then manage to spark another attack down the right wing. Tsimikas this time comes across to block and concede the corner but every time Southampton have the ball inside their own box, it looks like it could be 1-1 or 2-0. High risk, high reward.

Bednarek flicks the ball over the bar from three yards – gets a very heavy toe on the ball instead of just a slight stud. Saints certainly having chances though.

48’ – Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

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Sulemana at the back post – should be 1-1. Udozie gets past his man down the right and crosses – Sulemana at the back post puts it straight onto the outstretched leg of Kelleher and it’s another stop by the Irish stopper. Good touch by Konate too just before the forward got his effort away.

46′ – Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

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Half-time sub for Liverpool and it’s one centre-back for another: Ibou Konate on for Van Dijk. As the latter is captain and Trent Alexander-Arnold, injured, is vice-captain, it means a different name with the armband – Joe Gomez has taken it over for the second half.

On we go again at Anfield.

HT – Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

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And that’s the whistle right away afterwards – the Reds are ahead despite Saints’ excellent start. Eventually the pressure has told in terms of positional play, though it was only Liverpool’s second shot on target of the half.

Kelleher has saved a couple of big chances at one end and Sulemana hit the post earlier too.

GOAL! 44’ – Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

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Liverpool ahead!

Clark fizzes a pass in to Koumas, he drifts in past his man once more and shoots early – it flicks off the defender’s heel and rolls into the bottom near corner! Liverpool 1-0 up.

42’ – Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

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Quansah’s interception sparks a counter and Bradley wins a corner.

Elliott lines up a shot and drills one on target from 25 yards – Lumley gets a hand to it to tip it wide! First one between the sticks tonight for the hosts.

40’ – Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

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Bradley having a bit of a stretch after a slip, looks a little uncomfortable running.

Sulemana takes advantage of that to sprint away behind Bradley, beats Quansah and shapes to shoot – Kelleher makes another save, this one more comfortable, down to his left.

Into the final five minutes of the half and the Reds haven’t yet had a shot on target.

36’ – Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

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Koumas twists his way into the box, then back out of it. Tsimikas’ cross is blocked and Southampton break away, Mara facing up Van Dijk..and that’s not usually the smart option. The defender stands his ground and clears well.

32’ – Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

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On the Saints bench, Russell Martin is looking animated. He’s got to be happy with the start they made, but Southampton did spurn a few chances and haven’t had much of the ball in the last 10-15 minutes.

About 15 minutes until the break.

28’ – Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

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Saints pass around Liverpool’s press and Sulemana beats Bradley down the left – but Quansah is in place for a second time in the last ten minutes to deny the winger. Good positioning from the centre-back.

Elliott then leads a counter for the Reds after a Saints corner and Clark lines up a shot – but slips as he does so and it wobbles wide.

24’ – Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

20:28 , Karl Matchett

The home side turning the screw now and Saints unable to really get out over the last five minutes.

Gakpo, Elliott and Bradley are keeping pressure up pretty relentlessly in terms of buildup play into the box, but there’s no clear route to goal and Saints are defending well so far.

20’ – Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

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Rothwell’s turn to dip in from the flank, take on his man and look to shoot – he’s off-balance though and skews his shot wide.

Koumas then does likewise at the other end of the pitch, drifting past his man…until a big senior, meaty arm brushes him out the way. Stephens barges him to ground but in a perfectly valid manner, no penalty.

Gakpo is then played in and he surely has to score – he dallies on the turn and is tackled by a recovering defender.

16’ – Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

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Gomez takes a touch and tees himself for a shot, urged on by the crowd…and almost clears the Anfield stands! Bit of a laugh from Klopp on the touchline and Konate has his head in his hands on the bench. Gomez, no career goals. That’s why. He has been getting closer this year in fairness but not that time!

Liverpool looking more dominant about their play now, anyway. Bradley twice tries to burst into the box, one cross is blocked and then he fouls Manning.

Southampton being extremely brave (or risky, if that’s your perspective) in playing out from the back through a relentless Liverpool press.

12’ – Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

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Another opening which sees Kelleher rush out and block Mara’s shot – then the forward is flagged offside.

Gomez has been caught in possession a couple of times in that role early on – needs a bit of settling down and a bit more tempo to his passing under this Southampton pressure.

8’ – Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

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Very busy start to this game – Saints are ruffling some feathers and playing some really nice stuff. One unexpected switch for Liverpool is Joe Gomez anchoring the base of midfield, Clark and McConnell ahead of him. That leaves Elliott right wing and Bradley right-back.

The Reds just starting to try and get their foot on the ball in the centre of the park now and pass their way around Saints’ press.

4’ – Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

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Nearly scoring chance at one end – woodwork at the other!

Tsimikas overlaps Gakpo down the left and Clark is waiting centrally – but the Greek defender is just offside and the chance is gone.

Up the other end, Sulemana is played in on the left side of the box and side-foots at goal, beats Kelleher…and strikes the outside of the post! Great effort just off target.

One moment later Mara robs McConnell of the ball and shoots low – big Kelleher save to his right this time!

1’ – Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

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Kick-off at Anfield…and the ball is in the net!

Sekou Mara runs through and buries his shot inside 20 seconds but he’s a good five yards offside. Nobody really bothered to run with him – a fairly clear call. Start of intent from Saints though!

Liverpool vs Southampton – LIVE

19:55 , Karl Matchett

A very youthful line-up for the Reds tonight at Anfield.

Quansah is 21 in defence, in midfield it’s two 19-year-olds in Clark and McConnell, then up top Bradley is 20 and Koumas is 18. It is in fact a senior debut for the latter, who starts on the flank in attacker.

Liverpool vs Southampton – LIVE

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Route to the fifth round:

Liverpool beat Arsenal 2-0 away and Norwich 5-2 at home.

Southampton beat Walsall 4-0 at home, drew at Watford 1-1 and won the replay at home 3-0.

Liverpool vs Southampton – LIVE

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FA Cup full quarter-final draw

Wolves or Brighton vs Coventry City

Nottingham Forest or Manchester United vs Liverpool or Southampton

Chelsea or Leeds United vs Leicester City

Manchester City vs Newcastle United

Liverpool vs Southampton – LIVE

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The draw has taken place for the FA Cup quarter-final – the winner from this game will head to the City Ground or Old Trafford.

Nottingham Forest or Manchester United vs Liverpool or Southampton

Wataru Endo’s Wembley masterclass completes rapid redemption arc at Liverpool

19:18 , Karl Matchett

There were two World Cup winners in the middle of the pitch at Wembley and two midfielders who cost in excess of £100m, but the best one on the park was a £16m signing from Stuttgart.

As Liverpool slowly ran out of senior players and replaced the legs of those who did start but ran out of steam, the same indefatigable presence continued to cover the ground, keep the Reds on the front foot and outshine, outrun or outfight anybody in blue he happened to come across.

Wataru Endo’s first trophy in European football might not be the biggest one on offer, but it was certainly merited and, along with matchwinner Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, the Japanese international was arguably the biggest reason for the Reds’ success in the Carabao Cup final.

Karl Matchett on the Reds’ midfield hero:

Endo’s Wembley masterclass completes rapid redemption arc at Liverpool

Liverpool vs Southampton – LIVE

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Jurgen Klopp has sprung to Chelsea’s defence by insisting they did not “bottle it” in the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team came in for heavy criticism after losing in extra time to a Liverpool side featuring the teenagers Bobby Clark, James McConnell and Jayden Danns and doing too little to win the game after Klopp brought on rookies.

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville branded the big spenders “blue billion-pound bottle jobs” but Klopp disagreed with that assessment.

He drew on his own experience of being beaten in finals – including his first three with Liverpool and the 2013 Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund – to stand up for Chelsea.

Klopp defends Pochettino and Chelsea from Neville’s ‘bottle jobs’ tag

Liverpool vs Southampton – LIVE

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Confirmed lineups for tonight are in!

Liverpool XI: Kelleher, Gomez, Quansah, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, McConnell, Elliott, Clark, Bradley, Gakpo, Koumas

Southampton XI: Lumley, Bree, Stephens, Bendarek, Manning, Charles, Rothwell, Aribo, Edozie, Mara, Kamaldeen

Liverpool vs Southampton – LIVE

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The FA Cup fifth round takes place this week – with an important change to the rules of the competition.

The old tradition of drawn Cup ties being replayed still applies to the third and fourth rounds, but fifth-round replays were scrapped during the 2018-19 season as part of a gradual slimming down of the tournament.

So every round from the fifth onwards will be decided by one tie, with extra-time and a penalty shootout available to settle drawn games.

The topic of FA Cup replays remains one of some controversy. For clubs participating in European competition after Christmas, the fixture congestion can become almost unmanageable, particularly given that Carabao Cup semi-finals are still played over two midweek legs. Fitting in FA Cup replays can be a challenge.

More here on the scrapping of replays:

Are there replays in the FA Cup fifth round?

Liverpool vs Southampton – LIVE

18:45 , Karl Matchett

Jurgen Klopp may have to start with Liverpool’s Carabao Cup-winning kids to try and keep their quadruple bid going against Southampton in the FA Cup.

Jayden Danns, who has never begun a first-team game, and James McConnell and Bobby Clark, who have only started one each, all came off the bench against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday, along with 20-year-old Jarell Quansah.

And with Ryan Gravenberch added to Liverpool’s lengthy injury list and Klopp admitting he may need “miracles” for others of his senior players to be available on Wednesday, he could field an inexperienced side at Anfield on Wednesday.

Team news is up soon – here are Klopp’s hints ahead of kick-off.

Jurgen Klopp gives update on Liverpool injuries ahead of Southampton FA Cup tie

FPL GW27: Kelleher and five transfer tips for players to sign this week

18:35 , Karl Matchett

After a week of Fantasy Premier League managers juggling their squads to account for teams not in action and the Carabao Cup final, it’s back to the grind for gameweek 27 – which started after Monday night football.

It’s a straight-up, everybody-plays-once gameweek this time around to make matters more simple, though for bosses considering transfers, next week again sees two clubs face double gameweeks so our transfer tips this time around have that in mind as well.

FPL GW27: Solanke and five transfer tips for players to sign this week

Liverpool vs Southampton – LIVE

18:25 , Karl Matchett

There are plenty of times when Jurgen Klopp scarcely has the feel of a 56-year-old: when he is bounding about on the touchline or berating fourth officials, when he is at the centre of celebrations with men decades his junior, when, last week after beating Luton, as his captain Virgil van Dijk smiled on benevolently, it was Klopp who turned to all found stands of Anfield to perform his trademark fist pumps.

There are occasional other moments when perhaps he does: when in November he realised his energy was not endless and concluded this had to be his final season at Liverpool or when he was pictured on the plane back from Wembley, dozing with the Carabao Cup in his arms; for the record, Klopp insists he only had a sip of beer.

Rich Jolly on the Cup-winning boss:

‘Impossible’: Liverpool’s ‘unforgettable moment’ makes Jurgen Klopp believe

Liverpool vs Southampton – LIVE

18:15 , Karl Matchett

Liverpool completed the opening leg of their quadruple attempt this season when they defeated Chelsea in extra-time in the EFL Cup final at Wembley. Next on the agenda for Jurgen Klopp’s side is the FA Cup and a fifth round tie against Southampton on Wednesday evening (8pm, ITV1).

The Merseyside club defeated Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium and then blew Norwich away 5-2 at Anfield to reach this stage of the competition. With a home draw against a Championship club, they will fancy their chances of booking a spot in the last eight.

Liverpool are second favourites in the FA Cup odds for the trophy this season. The eight time winners last lifted the FA Cup in 2022 when they beat Chelsea on penalties in the final.

Here are the latest odds and pre-match tips:

Liverpool vs Southampton predictions: FA Cup betting tips, odds and free bets

Liverpool vs Southampton – LIVE

18:05 , Karl Matchett

Liverpool will look to keep their faint hopes of a quadruple alive when they host Southampton in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday.

Fresh off their dramatic 1-0 win against Chelsea in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, Jurgen Klopp’s injury-stricken side face a quick turnaround before their latest cup clash against Championship side Southampton.

The Saints, looking to bounce straight back to the Premier League after last year’s relegation, are well-poised for a playoff push after an impressive start to the season.

Russell Martin’s side, though, have lost three of their last four league games, including a disappointing 2-1 defeat at home against relegation-threatened Millwall.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Is Liverpool vs Southampton on TV? Channel, kick-off time and how to watch

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