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Southampton 1-0 Liverpool, Player Ratings: Ings nets as Alexander-Arnold flops

Danny Ings scored the only goal of the game on an evening upon which the home side had several impressive performers as Liverpool struggled.

 
10:54pm on Monday 4th January 2021
By
Robin Bairner

Southampton confirmed their status as potential top-four candidates as they shocked league leaders Liverpool 1-0 at St Mary's.

A stunning first-half finish from Danny Ings was sufficient to secure the points for the home side.

Southampton 1-0 Liverpool: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

But who were the standout performers in the contest?

✔️ GOOD PERFORMANCE

James Ward-Prowse: 7.5

England international Ward-Prowse was critical for Southampton at both ends of the field. His clever free kick provided the assist for the only goal of the game, while he showed impressive creativity when given a chance.

He was also effective defensively, though. He made an impressive 12 recoveries in the heart of the field for the home side.

Danny Ings: 7.0

The former Liverpool striker enjoyed a memorable night against his old employers as he netted the 50th Premier League goal of his career. And he will have scored few better.

James Ward-Prowse delivered a free kick into the left channel. Ings lofted the bouncing ball spectacularly over Alisson from a testing angle.

He would have few sights of goal before going off with 13 minutes remaining, but he was still the match winner.

BAD PERFORMANCE

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 5.8

Liverpool have come to expect much of young right-back Alexander-Arnold, but his less-than-spectacular season continued at St Mary's.

It was an encounter in which the Reds struggled to make the most of their assets from deep, yet defensively Alexander-Arnold performed wretchedly.

He won only one of his eight duels and was unsuccessful in the only aerial duel he attempted.

STAR MAN

Jack Stephens: 8.3

Southampton came under significant pressure over the course of this match, ceding around two-thirds of possession to their opponents.

Fraser Forster's goal, though, rarely looked under serious threat, with much of that owing to a robust performance from the back four.

There was not a failure in the Saints rearguard, but it was the former England Under-21 man who was the outstanding figure.

He won the only tackle he attempted, the only aerial duel he attempted and won three of his six duels. On top of that, he made a match-high five interceptions and made several important blocks.

Southampton 1-0 Liverpool: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

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