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Agger on target as Liverpool beat Southampton

Published on Dec 2, 2012 6:05 AM
 

LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom (AFP) - Daniel Agger's first goal of the season earned stuttering Liverpool a 1-0 win at home to promoted Southampton on Saturday, giving the Reds just their second Premier League victory in seven matches.

Agger struck three minutes before half-time to clinch only a fourth win of the campaign for Brendan Rodgers' men, as the Reds bounced back from Wednesday's 2-1 reverse at Tottenham.

Liverpool, whose eight-match unbeaten run in the league was snapped following that midweek defeat, climbed one spot to 11th in the table, while Southampton remained mired in the relegation zone after their first loss in five outings.

Lucas Leiva's return to the Liverpool midfield was a welcome sight following the Brazilian's three-month lay-off with a thigh injury, and the home side went close to taking the lead inside 10 minutes as Glen Johnson's close-range effort travelled just wide.

 
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