Liverpool beat Saints as Firmino and Salah hit target

Feb 12, 2018, 00:29
Liverpool beat Saints as Firmino and Salah hit target

It was by no means a vintage display from Jurgen Klopp's men, but they did ultimately cruise thanks to the individual quality of Firmino and Salah, who have now scored 34 of Liverpool's 61 Premier League goals this term. The midfielder curled a fine ball over the top of Liverpool's defence and to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who at the back post hesitated, allowing Karius to spread himself and then comfortably save the shot he eventually produced.

The scorer brilliantly returned the favour to his provider for Liverpool's second shortly before half-time; the contender for assist of the season came by virtue of a one-two which saw Firmino deliver an exquisite backheel that put Salah through on goal to claim his 29th of the season in all competitions.

"We knew the strengths of Southampton and how they want to play football, so we wanted to defend and change the game to counter", Klopp told Sky Sports.

Salah and Firmino both squandered chances to double their personal tallies in the second half as Southampton took risks and left gaps at the back.

"We just needed to score one goal to get back in it". The Saints are now on 26 points meaning they are one short of Huddersfield and safety as the pressure continues to mount on the side.

The Reds face FC Porto in the Champions League next week and they will need their record signing if they want to progress.

Southampton: McCarthy, Cédric, Stephens, Hoedt, Carrillo, Tadić, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Lemina, Bertrand (c), Højbjerg.

Van Dijk had been subjected to criticism following shock defeats by Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion and conceding a last-gasp penalty as Spurs snatched a draw at Anfield in his previous three outings.

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