Liverpool Defeat Southampton 4-0

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Liverpool Defeat Southampton 4-0
Liverpool Defeat Southampton 4-0

Classy Liverpool Defeat Southampton 4-0 

Liverpool romped to a 4-0 victory over Southampton at Anfield on Saturday, with Diogo Jota scoring twice in the first half.

With less than two minutes on the clock, the Portugal forward scored his first goal, turning Andy Robertson’s low ball in, before adding a second from close range after being set up by Mohamed Salah half an hour later.

Thiago Alcantara’s deflected third gave the Reds a commanding half-time lead, and Virgil van Dijk steered a corner home shortly after the restart to complete the scoring.

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With the win, Liverpool keeps the pressure on league leaders Chelsea, moving within a point of the Blues despite having played an extra game.

Sadio Mane and Robertson combined on the left before the latter fizzed a low cross into the middle, which Jota converted on the stretch for Liverpool.

 

Following that, Southampton had a couple of chances, but Liverpool remained in command and doubled their lead in the 32nd minute when Salah squared for Jota to tap in his second after a neat one-two with Jordan Henderson on the right.

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The Reds made it 3-0 just five minutes later when Thiago received the ball on the edge of the box and advanced into the area before slamming a left-footed strike into the top-left corner off a hefty deflection off Lyanco’s knee.

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In the 52nd minute, Van Dijk doubled Liverpool’s lead by volleying Trent Alexander-corner Arnold’s past Alex McCarthy, who perhaps should have done better.

As Jurgen Klopp’s side eased their way to the final whistle, Jota spurned a glorious chance to complete his hat-trick, diverting Robertson’s cross wide of the target.

What does this imply? Chelsea is under pressure from the Reds.

Liverpool’s win pulls them within one point of Thomas Tuchel’s top-of-the-table Chelsea, who face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Salah is on his way to becoming the first player in Premier League history to score a goal.

The unbelievable Salah has now been directly involved in 150 Premier League goals in 171 games (108 goals, 42 assists) – only Alan Shearer (148 games) and Thierry Henry (163 games) have had more goal involvements in the competition than the Egypt international.

Salah has also been directly involved in 25 goals (17 goals, eight assists) in all competitions this season, more than any other Premier League player.

Jota equals Wolves’ league total.

Jota has 32 Premier League goals in his career, evenly split between Wolves and Liverpool (16 each).

However, he did so in 36 fewer appearances for Liverpool (67 for Wolves, 31 for Liverpool) and with a higher shot conversion rate (12.6 per cent with Wolves, 21.9 per cent with Liverpool).

What comes next?

On Wednesday, Liverpool hosts Everton in a Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, while Southampton hosts Leicester City on the same day.

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