Mar 20, 2016 at 1.30pm UK at ​St Mary's Stadium
Mane (64', 86'), Pelle (83')
Mane (86')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Coutinho (17'), Sturridge (22')
Lovren (25'), Can (48'), Skrtel (49')

Neil Mellor: 'Skrtel arrival cost Liverpool at Southampton'

Jurgen Klopp ist eine froh Hase after the Premier League game between Crystal Palace and Liverpool on March 6, 2016
© Getty Images
Neil Mellor claims that Jurgen Klopp's decision to swap Dejan Lovren for Martin Skrtel cost Liverpool at Southampton.

Former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor has claimed that the introduction of Martin Skrtel for Dejan Lovren cost the Reds in last week's 3-2 defeat at Southampton.

Goals from Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge had the Reds cruising at the break, before Jurgen Klopp replaced the already-booked Lovren during the interval.

Skrtel, who had not played a senior game since December, replaced him, before a brace from Sadio Mane inspired the Saints to a shock comeback victory.

"How many times does a Premier League team score three in a half? Not many," he told the Liverpool Echo. "There are clearly areas that Jurgen Klopp has to address for next season.

"Southampton made changes as you'd expect but taking off Dejan Lovren seemed to be a turning point.

"He'd done really well and was helping keep Simon Mignolet and the whole of the defence calm but Martin Skrtel who replaced him has been out of the team for such a lengthy period, he didn't adjust to the pace of the game and was too busy having to concentrate on himself."

Klopp's side stay ninth in the Premier League table.

Mamadou Sakho of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on October 31, 2015 in London, England.
Read Next:
Sakho never considered leaving Liverpool
Related Video
Premier League
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Premiership
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
La Liga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Major League Soccer
Primeira Liga
1Leicester CityLeicester31199354312366
2Tottenham HotspurSpurs321711457253262
4Manchester CityMan City31166956322454
5West Ham UnitedWest Ham311312649371251
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd30148838271150
8Stoke CityStoke32138113639-347
11West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom311010113037-740
15Swansea CitySwansea32910133342-937
16Crystal Palace3197153442-834
17Norwich CityNorwich3287173556-2131
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3167183158-2725
20Aston Villa3237222262-4016