A Daniel Agger header ensured all three points for a dominant Liverpool side over Southampton at Anfield. In a game that saw the welcome return to action of Lucas Leiva, the reds created the better chances whilst commanding the lions share of possession and in the end were unlucky not to add to their tally,

Liverpool started brightly and dominated the early play and Shelvey bobbled an early effort straight at goalkeeper Gazzaniga. Then Johnson flicked a Suarez pass across the face of goal, before Gerrard had a shot charged down and fired wide from a quickly taken free-kick.

Gazzaniga then denied both Shelvey and Suarez, who made justifiable claims he had been pulled back by Jack Cork, before the Uruguayan international latched onto Reina’s long kick and beat the goalkeeper only for Yoshida to clear for a corner.

2 minutes before half-time Suarez won a free-kick at the edge of the penalty area after being flattened by Ramirez. Suarez crashed the resulting kick of the bar, which fell to Johnson who crossed into the penalty box for Agger to head into the top corner from 10 yards out.

Southampton came out with a different attitude for the second half as Liverpool struggled to maintain their first half dominance.

Liverpool’s first real effort in the second half was midway through it, when the marauding Enrique linked up with Suarez before poking watching his poked effort deflect wide by Shaw.

Enrique also had a drilled half-volley batted away by Gazzaniga, With Liverpool becoming increasingly desperate to score a second Luis Suarez tried to punch Gerrard’s cross, resulting in the striker being booked, which will rule him out of next week’s trip to West Ham.

Suarez flashed a shot wide in added time, but Agger’s goal proved to be the difference.