Liverpool picked up from exactly where they left off after the international break as they strolled to a 3-0 victory against notorious bogey team Southampton. Goals from Mohamed Salah (twice) and Phillipe Coutinho sunk the Saints and moved Liverpool back above Arsenal and just one point behind Spurs in the race for the top 4.
There was a blow for Jurgen Klopp’s team in the build up to the game as Joel Matip was ruled out through injury, meaning a centre back partnership of Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klaven. Not our preferred choice let’s put it that way. Trent Alexander-Arnold came in at right back for Joe Gomez and Phillipe Coutinho returned from Brazil duty unscathed and straight into the starting line up.
The Brazilian saw a lot of the ball during the game and was a big part of the win. His vision to set up Salah’s second goal in the 41st minute, which was finished brilliantly by the Egyptian, was top notch and the finish for his goal midway through the second half was as calm as could be.
Salah was undoubtedly the main man this afternoon however and the £36 million we paid for him looks like an absolute steal now. His pace terrorised the Southampton defence throughout and his ‘under-par’ finishing from earlier in the season seems to have disappeared if his brilliant curling effort to score his first is anything to go by.
It was actually a historic night for Salah as he scored his 9th Premier League goal in 12 matches and surpasses Robbie Fowler’s record to become the quickest to reach 9 goals in Liverpool history. Top scorer in the league as well. Not a bad night (season) for the Egyptian hero. Standing ovation included.
Virgil van Dijk was involved for Southampton and many were intrigued as to how the Dutchman would fare at Anfield given the whole debacle in the summer. He wasn’t at his best this afternoon, being pulled out of position rather easily by our tricky Brazilians.
Jurgen Klopp, who has been in hospital this week, has now got a massive smile on his face and hopefully is feeling much better thanks to the Reds getting some momentum under their belts with their third Premier League victory is succession. The first time that the feat of which has been achieved since December of last year.
Special mention for Roberto Firmino, too. Who had one of his better games, being everywhere, like a rash. His involvement was key in the first goal and he was truly important as to how the team worked today. Unfortunately there was no return to action for Adam Lallana, who has spent the last three months on the sidelines with thigh injury. Joel Matip also missed out on being part of the victory this afternoon after picking up YET ANOTHER injury in training this week. Luckily, Dejan Lovren actually had a good game for Liverpool and was more than apt in the heart of defence alongside Estonian, Ragnar Klavan.
Seville in mid-week? Into these, Reds.