- Match Analysis
Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino set up goals for each other as Liverpool won 2-0 on Virgil van Dijk’s return to Southampton.
Roberto Firmino (6′) and Mohamed Salah (42′) once again led the way for Liverpool as the Reds ran out 2-0 winners at Southampton to close within two points of second-place Manchester United. Liverpool, meanwhile, are looking up rather than down with Jurgen Klopp’s 50th win as Reds boss moving them to within two points of second-placed Manchester United following their defeat at Newcastle.
Liverpool – who had Virgil van Dijk making his first return to St Mary’s Stadium since his £75million move, Klopp predicted a hostile reception for the Dutchman and that proved correct as the defender’s every touch was loudly booed by the home fans, including a clearance which led to Liverpool’s opener. van Dijk looked rather more switched on at the back in the second half and Southampton’s chances dried up and Liverpool sat back and utilised their rapid counter attacks, although, with the damage done in the first half, no further goals were needed.
The fifth round of the FA Cup takes place next weekend, with Southampton travelling to West Brom, who eliminated Liverpool in the 5th round. Meanwhile, Liverpool travel to Porto on Wednesday 14th February in the Champions League.