Liverpool have continued their 100% start to the 2019/20 campaign with victory at Southampton.
Just two weekends into the new Premier League season and you get the feeling that Liverpool can't afford to drop any points if they're to challenge Manchester City for the title once again.
That's especially the case when the Saints, who were fresh from a 3-0 battering at Burnley, were the opponents put in front of Jurgen Klopp's team.
However, it seemed as though Southampton were newly-invigorated at the St. Mary's Stadium and created the better first-half chances in their quest to get points on the board.
Despite being slide-tackled by a pitch invader during the UEFA Super Cup, Adrian was deemed fit enough to start for the Reds and made a superb save to deny Maya Yoshida early on.
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Southampton 0-2 Liverpool
In fact, set-pieces continued to plague Liverpool with Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip looking surprisingly out of sorts when Che Adams came close to breaking the deadlock.
Nevertheless, it was Liverpool who eventually found the net before half-time and it was one of the former Southampton players in Sadio Mane who delivered the goods.
Swiveling on the edge of the penalty area, he fired a superb right-footed shot past Angus Gunn and elevated himself to the Premier League's leading goal-scorer in 2019.
Goals for Mane and Firmino
Liverpool used that opening strike as inspiration after the break with Matip sending a flick narrowly wide, while Mohamed Salah called Gunn into action and hit the wall from a free-kick.
However, the home resistance eventually collapsed as more good work for Mane saw him rob a Southampton defender and deposit the ball to his strike partner Roberto Firmino.
The Brazilian took his time, before delightfully finishing at the near post to ensure every member of Liverpool's front three has opened their account for the year.
And it was a good job that Gunn was enjoying some fine form between the sticks for Southampton, denying an almost certain goal from Andrew Robertson in the closing minutes.
Absolute clanger from Adrian
However, there was a late twist of fate when Adrian tumbled from hero to zero and almost cost Liverpool the game by making an error reminiscent of Loris Karius.
The Spaniard clearly doesn't possess the ball-playing skills of Alisson Becker and embarrassingly fluffed a simple pass to Danny Ings, who converted without hesitation to make it 2-1.
Thankfully for the Reds, they managed to hold on for the remaining 10 minutes - despite a series of Southampton attacks - in order to spare Adrian's blushes in the long term.
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