Southampton made Premier League history on Monday, as they became the first team to beat all seven winners of the competition in the season after they lifted the crown.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men defeated Liverpool 1-0 at St Mary’s, prevailing in the fixture for the first time since 2016 thanks to Danny Ings’ second-minute lob against his former club.
Southampton have now beaten Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in the campaign following a title triumph.
Here is a look back at the matches that make up that run.
7 – Southampton are the first team in Premier League history to beat all seven winners of the competition in the season following a title win. Jubilant. #SOULIV
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 4, 2021
Southampton sold Alan Shearer to Blackburn in 1992, and three years later the England striker led Rovers to their first and only Premier League title. In the following season, Blackburn finished seventh, while Southampton avoided relegation on goal difference.
They claimed three crucial points in that survival battle on April 6, 1996, with Matt Le Tissier’s 80th-minute penalty sealing a 1-0 win over Blackburn at The Dell.
Southampton sensationally beat defending champions United 6-3 on October 26, 1996, with Eyal Berkovic and Egil Ostenstad both scoring braces as the mercurial Le Tissier starred once more
They also beat a title-defending United side in 1997-98, 2000-01 and 2003-04.
The Gunners were top dogs in 2001-02, but came unstuck at St Mary’s in November the following season, with James Beattie scoring twice and Kolo Toure’s own goal settling the game 3-2 in Southampton’s favour.
Early in Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure, Southampton defeated defending champions City at St Mary’s 3-1 in February 2013.
Their win included a quite sensational own goal from Gareth Barry, who steered a fine, inadvertent finish into the bottom-right corner of City’s net to cap off the victory. They beat City last season, winning 1-0 in July, though Liverpool already had already deposed Pep Guardiola’s side by that point.
Southampton were relegated to when Chelsea won their first Premier League title under Jose Mourinho, losing both of their games to the Blues on the way down.
However, they beat Chelsea in October 2015, with Steven Davis, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pele doing the damage in a 3-1 win as Mourinho’s second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge hurtled towards a premature conclusion.
The Foxes charged to a remarkable Premier League success in 2015-16, but they were thrashed 3-0 at St Mary’s in January 2017.
James Ward-Prowse, Jay Rodriguez and Dusan Tadic were on target in what was Southampton’s biggest home win in the Premier League since a 4-1 victory against Crystal Palace on the final day of the previous season.
History was made as, despite Liverpool having 16 attempts – albeit with only one on target – Southampton held on to claim a hard-fought, well-deserved win.
The result left Hasenhuttl in tears at full time and also lifted Saints to within four points of the Premier League leaders.
A night full of emotions pic.twitter.com/JeaReMbOu3
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 4, 2021