Southampton vs. Liverpool: Virgil van Dijk returns to former club

Liverpool Dejan Lovren Southampton

Liverpool Dejan Lovren Southampton

Liverpool was ahead after six minutes, with Mohamed Salah receiving the luxury of a wide open Sadio Mane and Firmino.

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.

Lallana returns to the Reds fold after being sidelined with injury, having missed the previous two league fixtures.

Liverpool have climbed back up to third in the Premier League table courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Southampton at St Mary's this evening.

Let's see between me and Virgil who will have the higher decimals.

Southampton did soon begin to settle into the game, though, and Jack Stephens had their first shot on goal when he dragged a long-range effort wide of the target while looking to score for a fourth successive game.

Karius was called into action again in the 29th minute, denying both Guido Carrillo and James Ward-Prowse.

Liverpool Virgil van Dijk Southampton
GETTY Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk is set to face his former club Southampton

And the German did brilliantly a few moments later, tipping Ward-Prowse's header just over.

Salah's role in the two goals should not be underestimated but Firmino's brilliance was timely given Liverpool legend John Aldridge's quotes earlier in the week.

Sadio Mane almost punished the Saints five minutes before time but he pushed his effort wide after doing well to get past two players.

However, Salah reduced the Tottenham striker's lead at the top of the goal-scoring charts to one goal following his precise finish on the stroke of half-time after Firmino's world-class assist.

It was a sleepy start to the second period, with Liverpool under no threat as the Saints showed no sign of being able to find a route back into proceedings.

That left Salah with a simple pass to Firmino, who from in front of goal struck first-time beyond Alex McCarthy and into the bottom-right corner.


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