- Reds go third
- Salah, Firmino each w/ goal, assist
- Saints sink 18th
The Reds are two points behind Manchester United for second in the Premier League, while Saints dip into the drop zone with 26 points.
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Liverpool was ahead after six minutes, with Mohamed Salah receiving the luxury of a wide open Sadio Mane and Firmino. He chose the latter, and the latter chose to finish beyond the reach of Alex McCarthy. 1-0, Reds.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a shot deflected toward a diving McCarthy moments later.
James Ward-Prowse swept a cross to the penalty spot, where Guido Carrillo forced a save out of Karius with a header. Moments later, Dusan Tadic sent one to Ward-Prowse, whose header was palmed out for a corner by Karius.
Saints were on the front foot for the remainder of the half, that is excepting Liverpool’s crucial second goal. Salah and Firmino worked a 1-2 which included a back heel from the Brazilian. 2-0, 42′.
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Ward-Prowse hit a hard free kick to the front post, and Hoedt couldn’t quite turn it past Karius as the match remained 2-0 in the 60th minute.
Salah collected a Firmino rebound off a Mane-inspired combination, but saw a rare miss hit the outside of the side netting.
Substitute Adam Lallana nearly found the side panel against his old team, but shot wide of the far post.