Danny Ings’ 50th Premier League goal in the second-minute was enough to hand Southampton a priceless win over table toppers Liverpool at St Mary’s stadium.
The Southampton striker latched on to the end of a James Ward-Prowse free-kick, a strike which looped over Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and into the back of the net, notching his 50th Premier League goal against his former club.
Liverpool, who ended the game with only one shot on target huffed and puffed for the equaliser but failed to breach what was a resolute and organized Southampton defence.
Nathan Tella, who came on in the first-half for the injured Djenepo had a chance to put the Saints 2-0 up but his curling shot fell just wide of the post.
Sadio Mane had a chance to equalise after the break, but his shot was brilliantly blocked by centre-back Jack Stephens.
Southampton substitute Yan Valery nearly made it 2-0 when he latching onto a through ball, with Alisson rushing towards him, the right-back put an effort through his legs but the speed on the shot was swiftly cut out by Henderson before reaching the goal line.
Liverpool pressured for the equaliser but could not find an opening when Sadio Mane again had a chance to score but his header looped over the bar a minute from the end.Embed from Getty Images
The win means Southampton move into sixth place in the Premier League table – their first win in five games – four points from their opponents.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side remain top of the table on goal difference but have taken only two points from the past nine available.
Liverpool may find themselves knocked off top spot providing Manchester United and Manchester City win their games in hand next week.