Football - Saints down inconsistent Reds

Jay Rodriguez inspired relegation-threatened Southampton to what could prove to be a vital 3-1 victory against Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League.

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Morgan Schneiderlin and Rickie Lambert fired Saints into a two-goal lead but Philippe Coutinho, a reported January target for the hosts, reduced the deficit in first-half stoppage time.

Brendan Rodgers' side pushed hard for a leveller but Rodriguez made sure of the three points with 10 minutes remaining, putting Saints seven points clear of the drop zone in front of a record Premier League crowd at St Mary's of 32,070.

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