Premier League Matchweek 17 report: Danny Ings condemns champions to second Premier League defeat (1-0)

Liverpool missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League as Danny Ings' stunning strike saw Southampton beat the champions 1-0 on Monday Night Football.

Former Reds striker Ings came back to haunt his old club with an exquisite, no-look lobbed finish inside two minutes at St Mary's which condemned Liverpool to their second defeat of the season and ended the champions' 12-game unbeaten run.

Southampton restricted Liverpool to just a single attempt on target as a resilient defensive display and commanding first Premier League clean sheet from goalkeeper Fraser Forster in over three years saw Ralph Hasenhuttl's side end a four-game winless run.

Liverpool remain top of the Premier League ahead of Manchester United on goal difference, but have played a game more and have now failed to win their last three games. Southampton, meanwhile, climb to sixth and are just four points adrift of the champions.

Player ratings

Southampton: Forster (7), Walker-Peters (8), Stephens (7), Bednarek (7), Bertrand (6), Ward-Prowse (7), Diallo (6), Armstrong (7), Djenepo (6), Ings (7), Walcott (7).

Subs: Tella (6), N’Lundulu (6), Valery (7).

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (5), Fabinho (6), Henderson (6), Robertson (6), Wijnaldum (5), Thiago (5), Oxlade-Chamberlain (5), Salah (5), Firmino (6), Mane (6).

Subs: Shaqiri (5), Milner (6).

Man of the Match: Kyle Walker-Peters

How Ings and Saints haunted Liverpool

It took just two minutes for Southampton to take the lead with their very first attack of the game. James Ward-Prowse's flicked free-kick found its way through to Ings after Trent Alexander-Arnold misread the flight of the ball, and the Saints striker haunted his former club with a brilliant lobbed effort into the far corner over Alisson.

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