Southampton made life difficult all day for Liverpool, but Mohamed Salah would not be denied at St. Mary’s.
Despite falling behind in the opening 10 minutes, Liverpool fought back to take the lead with 10 minutes to go. The Egyptian was the man of the hour, leading a breakaway from inside his own half, reaching the top of the box before firing a shot that found the back of the net for a 2-1 lead.
The goal is an absolutely enormous one in the Premier League title race. Had Liverpool dropped points, they would have been at best level with leaders Manchester City on points, with Pep Guardiola owning a game in hand. Instead, taking care of Southampton means Liverpool retakes the lead by two, and while Man City still has the extra game to play, they put the pressure back on their title foes.
It’s also a massive goal for Salah, who had not scored in six straight league matches and was receiving criticism for not adequately backing up his incredible season last campaign. Instead, he stops his scoreless streak and bags his 18th league goal of the season, putting him one behind Sergio Aguero for the league lead.