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EPL: Liverpool survive scare to beat Southampton

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Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino’s goals gave Liverpool a 2-1 win at Southampton despite a late scare from the hosts.

A Liverpool performance which had started so poorly on the south coast still held a half-time lead thanks to Mane’s curling finish just before the break, and they marked a much-improved second half with a smart finish from Firmino (71).

But goalkeeper Adrian, who passed a late fitness test to start the game, had a moment to forget when his clearance rebounded in off Danny Ings to set up a tense finish, during which the ex-Liverpool forward missed a golden chance to level from close-range.

Southampton were left with nothing to show for a spirited effort come the full-time whistle, while Liverpool continued their perfect start.

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