Southampton 0-2 LIVERPOOL
Liverpool paid a visit to Southampton and came away with three points as our Premier League season continues with a victory.
Jurgen Klopp pulled no punches as he put a full strength side. We were as strong as it gets, though many Reds fans argue over who’s the strongest goalkeeper and Mignolet was only chosen as substitute for this game. Karius gained more Premier League experience and showed yet again just why he’s gotten so much support from his manager with his fine form and a clean sheet.
Virgil Van Dijk would return for the first time to the club who sold him for £75M and the fans didn’t give him a warm welcome back. He’d disappointed them with his departure, all the Southampton fans had wanted him to stay but he’d join Liverpool to become the world’s most expensive defender. So they’d boo him at Saint Mary’s stadium. He still seemed cool and collected despite the harsh reception.
The game didn’t take long to see a goal and it was Liverpool who got to set the tone as the dominant side who’d take an early lead in only the 6th minute.
Hoedt misjudging a Liverpool ball forward from midfield was a critical mistake and one person you don’t want to make a mistake around is Salah. The Egyptian would work brilliantly to move the ball from where’d he’d collected Hoedt’s “clearance” to further up the pitch, where he could supply his teammate with a wonderful ball that would become an assist because Firmino manages to hit it sweetly past McCarthy in a one-on-one that Bobby just wasn’t going to miss. Southampton 0-1 Liverpool.
Liverpool continued to press and attack and though Southampton had chances of their own, the home side just couldn’t get past the back line of defence or Loris Karius. Virgil Van Dijk seemed like he had something to prove to the Southampton fans booing him and didn’t let anything past him.
While Salah and Firmino continually worked well together, Mané and Wijnaldum also paired up to give Southampton a further threat to respond to. Credit to Southampton, they really held tight to make sure that they were not overwhelmed with goals conceded. It could have been so much for them but the defence did their job well.
Both of Liverpool’s goals would come in the first half. The second goal was quite near half time and Firmino would play a beautiful one-two pass which saw the Brazilian back-heel the ball right behind the Southampton defence who didn’t know it was coming and towards Salah who almost telepathically knew where he’d have to run to for making sure he could convert his opportunity and make it Southampton 0-2 Liverpool.
Liverpool continued to press and attack in the second half but no more goals were scored after the break, surprisingly. Liverpool’s fans surely had expected more of the same but to Southampton’s credit, they just didn’t let any more in. The defence was certainly not going to allow the visitors to embarrass them with a huge scoreline in front of their own fans. Defeated eventually, but doing so gracefully. Liverpool were stopped from repeating results like the 7-0 victories we’d gotten earlier in the season.
Plenty more chances were seen at each end of the pitch and both goalkeepers had more to do until the final whistle. Southampton were denied a goal just as Liverpool couldn’t increase their lead either.
As Jurgen Klopp kept the side fresh with tactical changes to the lineup, James Milner would get half an hour of playing time and Adam Lallana would later get ten minutes on the pitch, too. A well fought fixture had seen the away side claim all three points.
Man of the match
Mohamed Salah worked incredibly well with Roberto Firmino and the pair both scored goals and assisted each other’s goals. Salah was very active and ensured that Liverpool would have a player consistently attacking and making Southampton’s defence work hard at every given opportunity. The Egyptian was a part of almost every push the Reds had and we couldn’t have asked more from him. A threat from the start of the game to the end. Even when Southampton were actively trying to mark him, he’d shake his defenders and run into a dangerous position for causing some trouble to the home side. Nothing they could do was going to prevent Salah from getting the goal he wanted. Absolutely unstoppable.
Liverpool will continue their Champions League campaign on Valentines Day. Love and football. We’ll all look forward to that.
Walk on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.