- Salah strikes twice
- Coutinho adds another, Firmino goes close
- Saints with 1 win in last 6
Liverpool breezed past hapless Southampton to win 3-0 at Anfield on Saturday.
The victory marked Jurgen Klopp‘s first win against Southampton in the PL in his fifth attempt, while Southampton’s boss Mauricio Pellegrino is facing the reality of a relegation battle with Saints four points off the drop zone.
Liverpool sit in fifth place with 22 points after 12 games but are still 12 points behind leaders Manchester City.
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Liverpool dominated early proceedings but Southampton held firm until a stunning opener arrived on the half hour mark.
Dusan Tadic gave the ball away as a Liverpool corner fell to him and the ball was swept over to the left where Salah curled home a stunning strike with his left foot to send Anfield wild and make it 1-0 to the home side.
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Before the break a deserved second goal arrived and Salah was again on target to score his 14th goal in 18 games for Liverpool since arriving from AS Roma for $45 million this summer. The Egyptian was played in on the left of the box and dinked the ball past Fraser Forster and in. Too easy.
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In the second half Saints managed to keep Liverpool at bay, with Coutinho hitting the post but with 20 minutes to go Coutinho struck to put the result beyond doubt.
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Liverpool’s first win in five in the Premier League against Southampton was an emphatic one as Firmino went close late on but couldn’t grab the goal his performance deserved.