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Sunday’s Premier League as it happened including Liverpool 2 Southampton 1 and Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2

Manchester City beat Newcastle United at St James' Park in the Premier League. 
Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of what was Sunday in the Premier League. Sam Dymond was on hand with all the action as champions Manchester City started their title defence with a win at Newcastle while Liverpool edged out Southampton at Anfield.


    • Liverpool 2 (Sterling 24', Sturridge 76') Southampton 1 (Clyne 56') FT
    • Late Sturridge strike sees off spirited Saints side
    • Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2 (Silva 38', Aguero 90+2) FT
    • Substitute Aguero seals win as champions begin title defence with victory
    8/17/2014 11:31:25 AM
  • Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Sunday's action in the Premier League.

    After a thrilling first day of the season yesterday, the champions and runners up now take centre stage. Manchester City head to Newcastle later, but first Liverpool host Southampton at lunchtime.

    Of course, Liverpool ran City so close during last season's run-in, finishing just two points behind the eventual title winners. Indeed, had the Reds beaten Southampton at home last September instead of losing by a single goal then the Anfield club would have been celebrating their first league triumph of the Premier League era.

    And so Brendan Rodgers’ adage this summer was “If you can’t beat them, sign them,” with Liverpool buying three of Saints' key men to strengthen their side; Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren have swapped the south coast for Merseyside.

    I’m Sam Dymond, and I’ll be here to talk you through all that happens at Anfield and St James' Park. If you want to have your say on either game or yesterday's results, then you can 'make a comment' using the facility above, tweet @sammydymond or send an old fashioned email to
    8/17/2014 11:30:59 AM
  • The Liverpool and Southampton teams are in from Anfield.

    Brendan Rodgers hands Premier League debuts to two players, both in his back four; Javier Manquillo at left-back while Dejan Lovren plays in the centre against his former club. Rickie Lambert is on the bench against the club he left in the summer.

    Meanwhile, Ronald Koeman names four new players in his first Southampton team. Fraser Forster starts in goal along with full-back Ryan Bertrand while up front Dušan Tadić plays alongside Graziano Pellè. Wantaway Morgan Schneiderlin is in midfield.

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Sturridge

    Subs: Jones, Toure, Sakho, Allen, Ibe, Can, Lambert

    Southampton: Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Ward-Prowse, Tadić, Pellè.

    Subs: K. Davis, Long, Taider, Cork, Hooiveld, Isgrove, Stephens

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg
    8/17/2014 11:42:27 AM
  • Those teams hot off the press highlight just what significant change both clubs have undergone this summer, and luckily for us, Matthew Purcell has discussed whether all the comings and goings at Liverpool and Southampton will be for the better.

    Inside Anfield today, there will be a sense of unfamiliarity. Only five of Liverpool's starting XI which lost this fixture against Southampton last September are likely to feature from the beginning. Meanwhile, the Saints' new manager Ronald Koeman is able to name only four but is likely to go with three. The changes this summer have been swift and unprecedented.
    8/17/2014 11:53:09 AM
  • The players have just finished their pre-match warm-up, and have returned to the dressing room for a final briefing from their management. Meanwhile, it's already been an emotional afternoon for Rickie Lambert; the former Southampton striker and lifelong Liverpool supporter was serenaded by the away supporters and welcomed by the home fans as he stepped out on to the Anfield pitch for the first time on a Premier League afternoon.

    Kick-off is in five minutes.
    8/17/2014 12:25:22 PM
  • KICK-OFF: The Kop blasts out You'll Never Walk Alone for the first time this season, and it's towards the famous old stand that Liverpool will attack as they kick-off this encounter.
    8/17/2014 12:30:32 PM
  • 3 mins: Rickie Lambert may have been cheered to the rafters by the visiting Southampton fans, but Dejan Lovren is not enjoying such a reunion. The Croatian is being booed - and worse - at every opportunity, but he hasn't yet let it effect his Liverpool debut, making a couple of key interceptions to deny Graziano Pelle a sight of goal.
    8/17/2014 12:35:52 PM
  • 7 mins: Raheem Sterling stretches the Southampton defence for the first time this afternoon, racing on to Daniel Sturridge's clever through ball. However, a combination of poor control from the Liverpool youngster and excellent covering from Jose Fonte relieves the imminent danger. 

    Moments later, Sturridge takes matters in to his own hands and lets fly with an fierce effort from 25 yards that just whistles over the top of Fraser Forster's goal.
    8/17/2014 12:39:01 PM
  • 14 mins: The intense high-pressing game that made Southampton such a joy to watch last season is in full display again this afternoon - but it's the home team that are employing it, and with the away side keen to play the ball out from the back, there have already been one or two nervous moments for the Saints.

    Meanwhile, there's a roar from the Kop as Sturridge goes to ground after cutting inside Maya Yoshida inches outside the penalty area, but Mark Clattenburg shows he is certain that the defender got a touch on the ball with some impressive hand gestures.

    And on the subject of impressive hand gestures.
    8/17/2014 12:46:05 PM
  • 21 mins: A lovely inventive pass from Philippe Coutinho takes four Southampton defenders out of the game, but Sterling's shot is straight at Forster.

    At the other end, there's some wonderful facetious cheers from the Southampton fans as Lovren spoons a clearance out of play, and there's some equally unconvincing defensive play from goalkeeper Simon Mignolet seconds later as he needs four or five attempts to deal with a corner.
    8/17/2014 12:53:38 PM

    Liverpool are off and running! There had been one or two signs of Raheem Sterling's pace being too much for the Southampton defence, and he's finally made it pay with the opening goal. But while the home side's lead owes much to the acceleration of the 19-year-old, it owes even more to the wonderful, raking pass from the brilliant Jordan Henderson. The Liverpool midfielder won possession on the halfway line before taking Fonte out of the game with his 40-yard through ball into the path of Sterling, who showed great composure in knocking it past Forster and into the bottom corner.

    Raheem Sterling celebrates his and Liverpool's first goal of the season. 
    8/17/2014 12:53:55 PM
  • 33 mins: Javier Manquillo goes into the book on his first Premier League start after the Spaniard clattered into Dusan Tadic in front of Ronald Koeman's technical area. The punishment for the foul was almost worse as James Ward-Prowse's looping free-kick catches the wind and drifts towards the top corner, but Mignolet was able recover and tip the ball over the bar.
    8/17/2014 1:06:25 PM
  • 39 mins: Lovren shows his ability to distribute the ball from the back with an excellent long-range pass out wide to the marauding Manquillo, but the full-back's subsequent cross was easily dealt with by the visitors. It's clear that Lovren's presence at centre-half could complement Martin Skrtel's preference for scoring comical own goals and kicking the ball out for throw-ins.

    8/17/2014 1:12:32 PM
  • 43 mins: Two minutes remain of a first half that has been somewhat stop-start. There have been flickers of fine football, but also a large amount of uncertainty. It was surely always going to be this way considering the upheaval at both clubs over the summer.
    8/17/2014 1:15:11 PM
  • 45+1 mins: There have been plenty of rumours regarding Morgan Schneiderlin's future, but the talented Frenchman nearly showed his worth to the Southampton cause with a fine dipping shot in first half injury time. It looked a certain goal with Mignolet off his line, but the Belgian just managed to get his finger tips to the ball to turn it over the bar.
    8/17/2014 1:18:14 PM
    8/17/2014 1:18:27 PM
  • SECOND HALF KICK-OFF: Neither side have made a change at the half-time break, and so it's the same Southampton XI that get the second half underway as they attack the Kop end. Can the visitors find a way back into this match? Not if last season is any indication.

    8/17/2014 1:33:13 PM
  • 49 mins: A loose ball by Lucas in midfield gives Southampton a chance to break, but Dusan Tadic fails to make the most of the space on the left wing, and is unable to find his intended target of Pelle with two crosses. At the moment, the two new Saints signings have yet to strike up a real partnership; Lallana and Lambert, it ain't.
    8/17/2014 1:38:46 PM
  • 54 mins: In that astonishing run of victories at the back-end of last season, Anfield became a cauldron of noise, but it's a very subdued environment this afternoon despite the home side's lead. The visiting fans have already broken into one verse of "Is this a library?", and that's an obvious link into a line about an equaliser being overdue but I can't quite get it. Victor Wanyama has a go at doing just that, but his sliced shot is off target.
    8/17/2014 1:44:02 PM

    And there is the equaliser! And what an equaliser it was from Nathaniel Clyne! The right back brought the ball inside from the wing, and fed Dusan Tadic on the edge of the box with a firm pass. The Serbian held the ball up, waiting for Clyne to continue his run into the area, and once he did, Tadic returned the ball with a brilliant back-heel that sent Clyne clear. The defender still had much to do, but did it brilliantly, rocketing the ball past Mignolet at his near post and into the top right-hand corner. It's no less than Southampton deserve!

    8/17/2014 1:44:18 PM
  • 63 mins: Southampton should be in front! Lovely interplay between Tadic and Ward-Prowse tear the Liverpool back-line apart, and Steven Davis was in acres of space when the latter played a square ball across the penalty area. However, the Saints captain went for placement instead of power, and didn't get it right, side footing his shot low into the body of Mignolet.
    8/17/2014 1:50:38 PM
  • 68 mins: Southampton are growing in confidence, and James Ward-Prowse is starting to dictate all the positive play. His wise head on young shoulders begin a move that nearly ends up with Clyne and Tadic producing a carbon copy of the equaliser, but this time the full-back was denied at the vital moment by a desperate Skrtel tackle.
    8/17/2014 1:57:50 PM
  • 76 mins: Dusan Tadic's mostly-impressive Southampton debut is over, and on in his place is £12 million man Shane Long as the visitors look to complete an excellent second half comeback.

    It's not the only notable substitution though because also on is the striker that Long will hope to replicate at St Mary's, Rickie Lambert. The 32-year-old has replaced 
    Philippe Coutinho for his first Liverpool appearance.
    8/17/2014 2:06:27 PM

    Liverpool are back in front! Lambert was thrown on to provide an aerial presence inside the Southampton penalty area, but it was the head of perhaps the smallest man on the pitch - Raheem Sterling - that set up the chance for Daniel Sturridge to restore his side's lead. The five foot seven frame of Sterling got up to win a loose ball on the edge of the box, and his downward header towards goal was latched onto by Sturridge, who had escaped the attentions of Clyne. The connection from the England striker was unconvincing, but there was just enough on the ball to take it inside the post as Fraser Forster appealed in vain for offside. Can Liverpool see this game out for an opening weekend three points?

    8/17/2014 2:06:55 PM
  • 88 mins: How have Southampton not equalised?! The visitors have continued to have a real go since falling behind, and for the first time Graziano Pelle is making a nuisance of himself inside the Liverpool box. The Italian chested the ball down for Morgan Schneiderlin 12 yards out, and the Frenchman thumped a shot that clattered the underside of the bar via a brilliant finger-tip save from Mignolet. Yet the danger wasn't clear, and Shane Long nudged Glen Johnson in the back to make sure he was first to the rebound, but the striker somehow nodded the ball wide of the post. 
    8/17/2014 2:15:49 PM
  • 90 mins: There are four minutes of added time to be played, and Southampton have not given up yet. It's nervy for Liverpool fans. It's nervy for Liverpool players.
    8/17/2014 2:19:42 PM
    8/17/2014 2:22:23 PM
  • Newcastle versus Manchester City kicks-off at St James' Park at 4pm.

    8/17/2014 2:39:01 PM
  • Here's how Newcastle and Manchester City line up at St James' Park.

    Alan Pardew hands Newcastle debuts to four of his summer signings. Daryl Janmaat starts at right-back with Jack Colback in midfield and Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere operating in attacking roles.

    Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini name Joe Hart as his number one goalkeeper despite the signing of Willy Caballero from Malaga. The Manchester City boss also hands a first Premier League start to Fernando in midfield.

    Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Cabella, Gouffran, Riviere

    Subs: Elliot, Haidara, S.Taylor, Abeid, Obertan, Aarons, Perez

    Manchester City: Hart, Clichy, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Fernando, Toure, Nasri, Silva, Jovetic, Dzeko

    Subs: Caballero, Boyata, Zabaleta, Milner, Fernandinho, Navas, Aguero

    Referee: Martin Atkinson
    8/17/2014 2:39:15 PM
  • For You'll Never Walk Alone at Anfield, read the theme to Local Hero at St James' Park as Newcastle take to the field for their first home game of the season. The home supporters will be demanding more in 2014/15 after a disappointing last campaign, but they couldn't have a tougher start on this first weekend with a visit from the reigning champions. And the signs aren't good...

    8/17/2014 2:55:57 PM
  • KICK-OFF: Manchester City begin their Premier League title defence at St James' Park, kicking from left to right, and decked out all in sky blue.

    It's a rousing atmosphere inside the stadium after an emotional prelude before kick-off where respects were paid to the two Newcastle supporters, Liam Sweeney and John Alder, who lost their lives in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash. A floral tribute was laid in the centre-circle and impeccable minute's silence was observed.
    8/17/2014 3:01:09 PM
  • 3 mins: Tim Krul doesn't just do penalties, and the Newcastle goalkeeper is called into early action to prove just that. The Dutchman had to get a firm hand on Edin Dzeko's poked effort to keep the scores level after Steven Jovetic had found the Bosnian with a perfectly weighted cross from the left. It's a warning for the home side.
    8/17/2014 3:07:39 PM
  • 11 mins: It's been all about Tim Krul so far, and it looks as though the goalkeeper is going to be in for an extremely busy afternoon. First, he raced out well to deal with the threat of Dzeko as Mike Williamson dawdled, and then he had to throw himself at full stretch to palm away Samir Nasri's thumping drive on the bounce following some crisp Manchester City passing.
    8/17/2014 3:13:56 PM
  • 16 mins: Remy Cabella: audacious haircut, audacious attempt at goal. The new Newcastle signing from Montpellier nearly marked his debut with an inspired chip over Joe Hart from outside the penalty box, but it was just a yard too high. The young Frenchman will be one to watch this season.
    8/17/2014 3:18:19 PM
  • 21 mins: Martin Demichelis has a pained expression on his face, and this time it's not due a cumbersome defensive error. The Manchester City defender challenged for the ball on the touchline, and ended up taking a nasty looking tumble over the advertising hoardings around the side of the pitch.
    8/17/2014 3:24:22 PM
  • 25 mins: The game has gone slightly quiet midway through the first half which is just about an excuse for Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler recalling an anecdote about Swansea's Ki Sung-Yueng being on his train north. Nevertheless, the home side have recovered well after being put under early pressure by the champions.
    8/17/2014 3:27:54 PM
  • 29 mins: Yaya Toure gets a pass out wide horribly wrong, mistakenly booting the ball behind for a goal kick. It draws ironic cheers from the home fans, and an odd excuse from Tyler's co-commentator Alan Smith who suggests that it's a 'first day of the season pass' as if footballers forget how to play the game during the summer months. Although that would explain England's World Cup performance.
    8/17/2014 3:30:54 PM
  • 33 mins: Vincent Kompany brilliantly cuts out a dangerous Daryl Janmaat cross from the right to deny Emmanuel Riviere a close-range effort. The Newcastle forward would surely have scored without the Manchester City captain's interception, and it's indicative of the foothold that Newcaslte are taking on this game. The frustrations of the visitors boil over moments later to produce the game's first yellow card as two of football's hard men collide when David Silva taking out Vernon Anita.
    8/17/2014 3:37:55 PM

    But that's why they're champions! Out of nowhere, Manchester City take the lead with a wonderfully-worked goal. Yaya Toure finally got his long pass over the top right, which was held up just inside the penalty area by Edin Dzeko. As David Silva overlapped, the Bosnian striker played him in with a delightful back-heel of a reverse ball, and the Spaniard took control to fire low past Tim Krul and into the net. A great move!

    David Silva celebrates Manchester City's first goal of the season. 
    8/17/2014 3:39:00 PM
  • 43 mins: Newcastle try to find an immediate response and when Jack Colback's deep free-kick into the box is nodded down to Moussa Sissoko, the Frenchman looks set to strike at goal. However, he takes too long after dummying three defenders and the visitors were able to clear the danger.
    8/17/2014 3:45:20 PM
  • 45 mins: More cutthroat City passing as two minutes of injury time is signalled opens up the Newcastle defence once again, but Samir Nasri is unable to escape away from Paul Dummett to deliver a cross to the unmarked Dzeko, and the Newcastle man tackles well to turn the ball away from the corner.
    8/17/2014 3:48:02 PM
    8/17/2014 3:48:15 PM
  • Some Twitter reaction to this afternoon's victory for Liverpool against Southampton at Anfield...

    8/17/2014 3:55:40 PM
  • SECOND HALF KICK-OFF: Newcastle get the second half underway, a goal down and unchanged, but the touchline news circulating is that Gabriel Obertan has been warming up at half-time in case he's needed. Surely it hasn't come to that already?
    8/17/2014 4:03:44 PM
  • 50 mins: A moment of real panic from the Manchester City defence at a corner nearly sees them concede, and they're only saved by two moments of real hesitation from Yoan Gouffran. The French forward takes an age to get his shot away as the ball dropped to his feet, and when he eventually does, Joe Hart recovers to block. A melee ensues in the six-yard box but the visitors just do enough to scramble the ball away to safety.

    Moments later, Cabella has sight of goal, but a combination of Kompany and Fernando manage to force the Frenchman into slicing his shot over. It's a bright start to the second period from the home side.
    8/17/2014 4:11:53 PM
  • 57 mins: Aleksandar Kolarov follows teammates Silva and Demichelis into Martin Atkinson's notebook after he ploughs down Emmanuel Riviere on the right touchline. It leads to yet another sweetly taken set-piece from Colback which Dummett meets ahead of Joe Hart with a thumping header. However, much to the anguish of the home fans at that end of the ground, the ball sails over the crossbar
    8/17/2014 4:17:57 PM
  • 64 mins: Newcastle continue to pressurise in this second half, but City are holding firm at the back for now while also posing a threat on the break. It seems a stupid thing to type, but I'm going to type it anyway: the next goal is vital.
    8/17/2014 4:23:49 PM
  • 65 mins: That next goal nearly belonged to Edin Dzeko and Manchester City. The away fans certainly thought it did, cheering away in the St James' Park heavens, but they were mistaken after the Bosnian striker had headed onto the roof of the net rather than into it.
    8/17/2014 4:27:59 PM
  • 72 mins: Fernandinho is on in place of Stevan Jovetic, and will play in the Manchester City midfield alongside Fernando. Let the confusion commence!
    8/17/2014 4:30:46 PM
  • 73 mins: The ball ripples the top of the Newcastle net once again, this time courtesy of a whipped Yaya Toure free-kick after Sissoko has hauled down Dzeko a few yards outside the box. City are getting closer to that second goal.
    8/17/2014 4:33:26 PM
  • 77 mins: Vincent Kompany is the latest Manchester City man in the book after blocking off Colback as he ran at goal. It's a threatening position for the home side to conjure an equaliser, but Cabella's effort is fired straight into the defensive wall.

    Meanwhile, there's been a couple more substitutions. On for Newcastle is the exciting Rolando Aarons, on for Manchester City is the not-so-exciting James Milner.
    8/17/2014 4:38:09 PM
  • 83 mins: Another fine delivery from a Colback free-kick brings more despairing lunges and looks from an assortment of Newcastle men; Aarons, Dummett and Sissoko are the latest players unable to convert a loose ball after it had been flicked over from the edge of the box.
    8/17/2014 4:42:55 PM
  • 84 mins: That's the closest Newcastle have come! Substitute Ayoze Pérez had only been on the pitch a matter of seconds when he was sent clear on goal, and, after he paused to cut inside, the chance looked as though it had passed. But the youngster made space for himself brilliantly before curling a goalbound effort towards the far corner of Joe Hart's goal which was only diverted inches wide of the post by a deflection off the diving Kompany. The home fans are on their feet now.
    8/17/2014 4:44:12 PM
  • 90 mins: There will be four minutes of injury time played. Have Newcastle got one more surge in them?
    8/17/2014 4:48:51 PM
  • 90+1 mins: Was that the chance? Moussa Sissoko has just blazed over from 15 yards! A brilliant one-two between Perez and Cabella on the left opened up a final opportunity for the hosts, but when the ball was squared to the middle of the penalty area, Sissoko showed a lack of composure in firing off target.
    8/17/2014 4:49:54 PM

    That's the three points in the bag for Manchester City! Fernandinho played Sergio Aguero through on the left side of the penalty area, and the substitute had too much pace for his compatriot Coloccini. His initial left-footed drive was blocked by the gloves of Tim Krul, but the Argentine recovered on the floor to sweep the ball right-footed into the far corner. It's harsh on Newcastle, but it is the sign of champions.

    8/17/2014 4:50:11 PM

    8/17/2014 4:52:54 PM
  • Twelve shots for Newcastle, but none on target.

    8/17/2014 5:05:27 PM
  • It may be the Sabbath, but it was back to business for reigning champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool on their first outings of the new Premier League season this afternoon.

    Luis Suarez may be no more at Anfield, but Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling remain, and a goal apiece from the pair was what was needed to finally defeat a new-look but incredibly spirited Southampton side. If Ronald Koeman’s team continue to produce performances of that ilk this season, then talk of their demise (from Morgan Schneiderlin on Twitter) is premature.

    And Manchester City were also pushed to the limit on matchday one, but Manuel Pellegrini’s men had the quality in reserve to shake off the challenge of Newcastle United. City only spent 15 days at the top of the Premier League throughout the last campaign; thanks to substitute Sergio Aguero’s injury time goal today, they’re already back at the summit.

    That brings an end to a thrilling first weekend of Premier League action. We’ll be back to do it all again next Saturday when Marc Williams will be here to talk you through the highs and lows. Until then, thanks for reading and goodnight.
    8/17/2014 6:01:24 PM
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