Liverpool leave it late again to see off Saints and take back top spot
Two goals in the last 10 minutes gave Jurgen Klopp’s title chasing Liverpool a huge win at St Mary’s.
Following Man City’s midweek win against Cardiff, it was imperative that Liverpool won to maintain the title pressure on their nearest rivals.
They made the worst possible start however, as Hassenhuttl’s Southampton went ahead after nine minutes played.
Bertrand’s whipped cross was headed on by Højbjerg, for Long to tuck the ball in as Liverpool knew they’d be in for a tough contest.
Liverpool gradually crept into the game as Salah’s dipped cross was headed down by Sadio Mane, but it was an easy save for Angus Gunn.
A poor giveaway in possession by Trent Alexander-Arnold was charged down and intercepted by the Saints, as Bertrand’s attacking cross was nearly put into his own net by Van Dijk.
Finally, in the 36th minute Liverpool equalised as Trent Alexander-Arnold kept the ball in play and played a delightful cross, headed in by Naby Keita. The Guinea international’s first goal for Liverpool.
Keita’s header was tipped onto the post by Gunn but squeezed over the line.
Liverpool can be seen as fortunate as Mohamed Salah was in a offside position before the goal but that phrase of play for the goal elapsed.
In the second half, Liverpool were denied a stonewall penalty kick as a fine one-two between Keita and Mane, saw the Guinean felled in the Southampton penalty box. However, the referee waved played on.
A fine counter attack from Liverpool, saw Mohamed Salah sprint from 60 yards, dribble past Southampton’s defenders and finish in the bottom corner with his left foot.
Salah tore off his shirt as he ended his nine-match league drought without a goal and celebrated in style.
Liverpool’s purple shirts flooded forward as they were at last in the ascendancy and scored a third as Van Dijk’s long through ball, was expertly flicked on by Firmino into Henderson’s path who wrapped up the points for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Liverpool may have played a game more than Guardiola’s City, but are coming into form at the perfect time at this stage of the season.
Southampton 1 vs 3 Liverpool
Competition: Premier League
Date: Friday 5th April 2019
Venue: St Mary’s
Man of the Match: Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian attacker scored a fine Messi-Maradona-esque goal after dribbling from the half way line. A goal worthy of winning any match and the perfect way to end his goal drought!
James Spencer, Thoughts from the Stands
Hi my name is James Spencer and I am a huge Liverpool fan since I was a small boy!
Steven Gerrard was my favourite player growing up and I watched all the fantastic finals that Liverpool won under Houllier and Benitez! I also liked Jerzy Dudek, Sami Hyypia, Luis Garcia and Xabi Alonso.
I am currently studying Multimedia Journalism at Salford in Manchester, in my 2nd year with my career ambition to be a full-time football or tennis journalist, or possibly both!
Some massive matches still to come in April, starting with our Champions League clash with Porto tonight
Tuesday 9th April
UEFA Champions League
Liverpool 20:00 FC Porto – Live On BT Sport
Sunday 14th April
Liverpool 16:30 Chelsea – Live On Sky
Wednesday 17th April
UEFA Champions League
FC Porto 20:00 Liverpool – Live On BT Sport
Sunday 21st April
Cardiff City 16:00 Liverpool – Live On Sky
Friday 26th April
Liverpool 20:00 Huddersfield Town – Live On Sky