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Southampton end Liverpools unbeaten start

Southampton won 1-0 to inflict a first defeat of the season on the Premier League leaders.

Southampton's English midfielder Adam Lallana (R) competes with Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva (L) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton on September 21, 2013. Picture:AFP

LONDON - The wheels came off Liverpool's bright start as Southampton won 1-0 at Anfield to inflict a first defeat of the season on the Premier League leaders on Saturday.

Southampton defender Dejan Lovren scored with a second-half header to emphatically quieten the premature talk of a title push that had been swirling around Merseyside.

Everton celebrated a stunning 3-2 win at West Ham United with Leighton Baines twice equalising from free kicks and on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku heading a late winner.

Hull City also twice came back from a goal down to win 3-2 at Newcastle United and Stephane Sessegnon scored against his former club as West Bromwich Albion beat bottom side Sunderland 3-0.

Earlier, Aston Villa's Libor Kozak came off the bench to score his first goal for the club in a 1-0 win at Norwich City.

Liverpool stayed top with 10 points from five games but can be overtaken by Chelsea who are currently facing Fulham in a west London derby.

Champions Manchester United visit local rivals Manchester City on Sunday when Arsenal take on Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur go to Cardiff City.

Liverpool were without playmaker Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian suffered a shoulder injury against Swansea City on Monday and his creative link play was sorely missed as the Merseysiders laboured.

Southampton grew in confidence as the game wore on and looked by far the more threatening when Lovren headed them into the lead on 53 minutes.

The Croat easily held off Daniel Agger to meet an Adam Lallana corner and directed his header back across goal and past Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet.

The visitors then held on comfortably to grab their second win of the season and move up to fifth in the table with eight points.

"I just thought we never got going in terms of our tempo and technically we were nowhere near.To lose the goal from the corner was a double blow, but the players will recover from it,"said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.