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    Liverpool 3-0 Southampton Match Report


    Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool continued their excellent recent form on Saturday with a convincing victory against a below-par Southampton side.

    After successive wins over Huddersfield, Maribor and West Ham, Jurgen Klopp's team went into the match with plenty of optimism but they faced a Southampton outfit who were unbeaten in their last five meetings against The Reds.

    There was little to choose between the sides in the opening half-an-hour, with the home team's best chance coming when Trent Alexander-Arnold nearly capitalised on a mistake from Virgil van Dijk but he failed to beat Fraser Forster with a weak effort.

    Liverpool duly scored the all-important opening goal after 31 minutes courtesy of a wonderful strike from Salah, which was made possible by the his team's excellent pressing game which was executed to perfection.

    Roberto Firmino dispossessed Dusan Tadic deep inside the Southampton half, with Ragnar Klavan and Georginio Wijnaldum continuing the move which ended when Salah curled a superlative strike past the dive of Forster from 20 yards.

    The Reds then doubled their lead 10 minutes later, with Philippe Coutinho picking out the run of Salah with an exquisite pass before the Egyptian produced an emphatic finish to beat Forster from eight yards.

    By scoring twice, Salah beat Robbie Fowler's record of scoring eight times in his opening 12 matches for Liverpool, while he also became the Premier League's leading goalscorer so far this season with nine goals.

    Southampton, who failed to record an effort on target throughout the match, did come close to pulling one back at the end of the first-half when Ryan Bertrand's free-kick beat the Liverpool wall but curled narrowly wide of the right-hand post.

    The home team began the second-half in the same vein of form as they ended the opening 45 minutes and could have extended their lead had it not been for the commanding presence of Forster, who spread himself to deny Firmino from eight yards.

    It was only a matter of time, however, until Klopp's side scored a third goal to seal the win, with Philippe Coutinho steering the ball past Forster in clinical fashion after the Southampton goalkeeper's save from Firmino's had rebounded into his path.

    Firmino tried once again to put his name on the scoresheet in the closing minutes when he powered past Wesley Hoedt but his left-footed strike from the edge of the penalty area went inches wide of the right-hand post.

    The result ensures that Liverpool remain in fifth-place, ahead of Arsenal and Burnley on goal difference, while their opponents dropped a position to 14th in the table after a second successive league defeat.

    The Reds return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Sevilla in the Champions League, with Chelsea awaiting Klopp's side at Anfield on Saturday evening in a mouthwatering clash between two Premier League heavyweights.

    Southampton, meanwhile, entertain early-season strugglers Everton on Sunday lunchtime ahead of a tricky set of fixtures to end 2017 which includes matches against Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea Tottenham and Manchester United.
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