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Jamie's joy

Substitute Jamie Redknapp crowned his League debut with his first goal for Liverpool to rescue them from a second embarrassing defeat in five days.

Liverpool, humiliated at third division Peterborough in the Rumbelows Cup, were trailing to Alan Shearer's 12th goal of the season and being out-played by bottom but one Southampton, when the teenager was sent on in the 63rd minute.

But 19-year-old Redknapp, son of Bournemouth manager Harry, saved the day with a 74th minute strike to earn Graeme Souness' side a point they did not merit.

And he will never score an easier goal than the one that opened his Anfield account.

Ray Houghton whipped over an inviting cross from the right, David Burrows beat Southampton keeper Tim Flowers to it and left Redknapp only needing the gentlest of touches to score.

The goal was a stunning blow to lowly Southampton, who had run the game for long periods and who were confident that they were on course for their third successive league win over the Merseysiders at The Dell.

Shearer's 54th minute goal had been their reward for some impressive play and it would have been more but for the brilliance of Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar.

Grobbelaar, harangued after the error which gifted Peterborough their cup success, denied Ian Dowie twice, skipper Glenn Cockerill and Shearer before finally being caught out.

But as so often in the past, Liverpool refused to lie down and snatched an equaliser to sneak away with a point they hardly deserved.

Redknapp was lost for words after the game. He said: "I can't put into words the feeling. It's unbelievable, incredible. I really enjoyed it. It was the easiest goal ever but I think I'll always remember it."

Redknapp was virtually on the goal-line when he added the final touch after David Burrows had beaten home goalkeeper Tim Flowers to Ray Houghton's cross. But Redknapp pointed out: "You have to make sure, you have to put them away."

Redknapp's intervention pleased Anfield manager Graeme Souness, who said: "This young man comes from a footballing background. His father was a very good first division player and he knows what's expected of him. He has a very big future in front of him. You could say it was an inspired substitution because he went on and got us a point."

But Souness was not so happy about Southampton's goal. Souness said: "I don't think it should have been allowed because he pushed David Burrows. It should have been a free-kick to us but the referee is there to make the decisions."

Great Bookham official Ray Lewis countered that, saying: "Mr Souness thinks Liverpool should have won 1-0 but I've seen the incident again on television and it was a great goal."

Shearer also argued there was nothing wrong with his score which ought to have given Southampton their third successive league win over the Merseysiders.

Said Shearer: "You have got to give Liverpool credit. Their heads must have been down after losing at Peterborough on Tuesday night and they came here and got a point, which is more than Peterborough gave them. But we are disappointed not to have claimed the three points." 

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