Southampton produced a disciplined performance as they stunned league leaders Liverpool 1-0 in an English Premier League match played on Monday night.
Danny Ings scored the all-important goal after just two minutes, and it proved the only decisive.
Coach Jurgen Klopp made three changes to his starting team, with Thiago Alcantara, who was a substitute against Newcastle, Georginio Wijnaldum and Oxlade Chamberlain all starting.
The hosts started the match the better side, and were rewarded after just a minute as Danny Ings got to the end of a James Ward-Prowse to cheekily sneak it past Alisson at the far post for his 50th Premier League goal.
Danny Ings is a legit stud pic.twitter.com/Zo7IPSRAHF— Piquelme (@Piquelme21) January 4, 2021
The match became a cagey affair with few clear cut chances between the two sides as the hosts limited Klopp's men to zero chances on target in the opening period.
They should have taken a 2-0 lead going into the break, but Nathan Tella failed to find the target after beating an opponent before driving towards the edge of the penalty area and hitting a tremendous shot that flashed a whisker past the right post.
Klopp withdrew the ineffective Chamberlain in the second half as Liverpool threw everything at Southampton, who time and again repelled the attacks.
Liverpool had to wait until the 75th minute for their first shot on target, with the Southampton players throwing their bodies on the line time and again.
Despite creating numerous chances, Liverpool could not break down the hosts' defence, and almost conceded a second with 10 minutes to go.
Alisson raced out of his area and was beaten to the ball by Valery, who nutmegged him with a shot from the right flank which was goalward bound but a bit soft, allowing Henderson back to clear off the line.
In the end, Ralph Hasenhuttl's team picked maximum points to move to sixth on the table, while Liverpool maintained their top spot despite dropping points for the third match in a row.