Liverpool’s chance of a top four finish now very slim as a result of a collapse in the second half.
Two first half goals from Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge seems to have put Liverpool in control of the game but an incredible comeback from the Saints, inspired by two goals Mane and a clinical strike from Graziano Pelle, denies Liverpool a fourth consecutive premier league win.
After referee Roger East ignored a penalty shout from the Saints fans for a foul on Shane Long by Dejan Lovren, Liverpool went in control of the game in the 17th minutes after Philippe Coutinho curled in a low drive into the net. Four minutes later, Daniel Sturridge finished off a swift counter attack after he was released by Divock Origi. Joe Allen could have added more for the reds. First, he was denied by Fraser Forster from eight yards out. Then, another goal was chalked off for offside but they went into the break two goals up and full of confidence.
After the break, Koeman introduced Victor Wanyama and Saido Mane for Clasie and Tadic respectively while Liverpool brought in Martin Skrtel for Dejan Lovren. Wanyama immediately got into the game but Mane and Skrtel seems not as evidenced in the 49th minutes. Skrtel gave away a penalty for a foul on Pelle but Mane failed to convert it, only drawing a low save from Mignolet.
Mane later get into the game but Skrtel never did and this helped Mane to get on the scoresheet as he converted a pass from Pellets after twisting around Sakho.
Benteke, having replaced Sturridge, failed to execute a glorious chance a few minutes and the rest were punished for that when, in the 83 minutes, Pelle won a long ball contest against Skrtel, exchange a pass with Long and drilled a shot past Mignolet into the post.
Five minutes from normal time, the Saints complete the turnaround after, again, Skrtel miss a header to allow Pelle thread a pass to Mane who holds off Sakho to put the ball in the net.
Koeman got a fantastic present for his birthday tomorrow while Jurgen Klopp, who said he substituted Lovren because of emotions of playing against former club, laments his side’s missed chances.
The win put Southampton three points ahead of Liverpool in 8th position while the reds remain in 9th, seven points from 4th position occupied by Manchester city.