Result: Daniel Sturridge wins it late for Liverpool

Liverpool begin their 2014-15 Premier League campaign with a 2-1 win over Southampton at Anfield.

Daniel Sturridge scored 10 minutes from time to hand Liverpool a 2-1 win over Southampton at Anfield this afternoon.

Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge scores his team's second goal past Southampton's English goalkeeper Fraser Forster during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest E© Getty Images

Liverpool's first sight of goal arrived after seven minutes following a swift counter, but Sturridge could only fire his effort high and wide of Fraser Forster's crossbar.

Moments later, Forster was forced to deny Lucas from close range after the Brazilian had met a near-post corner.

Raheem Sterling was next to come close after 20 minutes, but his effort was straight at the Saints goalkeeper.

Sterling made no mistake on 23 minutes, however, converting past Forster following a through pass from Jordan Henderson.

Liverpool's English midfielder Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on August 17, 2014© Getty Images

Southampton's first real chance of the half came after 35 minutes, but Simon Mignolet managed to palm a sweeping free kick from James Ward-Prowse over the crossbar.

Morgan Schneiderlin also threatened for the away side in first-half stoppage time, but his effort was also pushed over the crossbar by Mignolet.

The away side made the brighter start to the second period, but struggled to create clear openings, while Sterling remained a threat for Liverpool and flashed an effort high of the crossbar after 54 minutes.

Southampton were level after 56 minutes, however, when Nathaniel Clyne placed one into the top corner from inside the box.

Southampton's English defender Nathaniel Clyne clebrates scoring the equalising goal with teammates during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on August 17, 2014© Getty Images

Steven Davis came close to putting the away side ahead just before the hour mark, but sent a shot high of the crossbar after Mignolet had flapped at another cross from Ward-Prowse.

Davis had another wonderful chance three minutes later, but miscued his effort straight at Mignolet from close range.

Liverpool struggled for clear openings as the second period advanced, with Henderson firing wide of the post before Rickie Lambert entered for his Premier League debut against his former side.

Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge scores his team's second goal past Southampton's English goalkeeper Fraser Forster during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest E© Getty Images

The home side rallied in the latter stages and won the match 10 minutes from time when Sturridge tapped home from close range following a header from Sterling.

Southampton had two glorious chances late on, but Schneiderlin hit the crossbar from close range before Shane Long headed the rebound wide of the post.

Liverpool's English midfielder Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on August 17, 2014
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