Christian Benteke's bullet header not enough to seal Jurgen Klopp's first victory

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Same old Liverpool. A fantastically boring football match livened up in the second half with the introduction of their no.9.

Christian Benteke now bears the number of a player responsible for providing the majority of his team's goals - and on Sunday, he looked every inch that player.

The Belgian transformed Liverpool from a team with no cutting edge to one with, well, slightly more cutting edge.


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In the first half, the Reds looked a group of strangers struggling to connect and with no target man as focus - they were short of creativity and ideas.

Flair players Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana were, again, practically invisible, though the latter had the excuse of being audibly booed whenever he managed to get possession.

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The ineffective Divock Origi was withdrawn at half-time and on came Benteke.

Liverpool were a different animal after the break - not a different species, admittedly, but a fiercer animal.

A more direct approach was welcomed by the Anfield faithful, they finally had something to get excited about. Liverpool fans are a hard crowd to please, but they understand their football and Jurgen Klopp will be made to feel right at home just as long as he is deemed to be trying.

Liverpool started the half with a flurry of corners, their powerful front man at the heart of everything good. Suddenly the game was transformed and goals looked imminent. As it was, we had to wait until the 77th minute for the breakthrough and it was well worth the wait.

A trademark header from Benteke after James Milner hung a hopeful ball above the Southampton box crashed into the top corner, sending Anfield into raptures.

The Belgium international's leap was perfect; his header even more so. Klopp was as ecstatic, victory seemed certain.

Southampton had other ideas, though. Nine minutes later, a free-kick floated into Liverpool's area was flicked on by Jose Fonte, knocked back across goal through Gaston Ramirez's header and bundled over the line, Sadio Mane getting the final touch.

And all of a sudden, Liverpool were deflated, as the thought of yet another draw sunk in.

The wait goes on for Klopp, but changes are at least noticeable under his tutelage, with the return of Benteke serving as nothing less than a major boost to the German's hopes of restoring confidence and attacking impetus within his team.

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