Southampton might not be in the right end of the league tally so far this season, their recent results have satisfied the supporters to some extent and the Sunday evening outing against Liverpool at St Mary’s was truly an intriguing encounter particularly due to the return of a host of ex-Saints currently playing for the visitors. But the Reds stood up to the challenge and secured an easy 2-0 win on the road.
Liverpool looked lively from the very beginning and the front three were making some troublesome runs to deal with for the Saints backline. The visitors didn’t take long to open their account when Mohamed Salah capitalized on Wesley Hoedt’s defensive howler and set it up from Roberto Firmino to put the Reds ahead. Southampton looked more purposeful since conceding but Loris Karius, the Liverpool custodian, made some stunning stops to keep the lead intact. The Reds struck again late in the first-half when Firmino’s sensational backheel through Saints backline set it up for Mohamed Salah who added another one to his tally. The first-half ended 2-0 in favor of the Reds.
The visitors dominated the second-half too and a few missed opportunities from Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and substitute Adam Lallana restricted the Reds to have only a two-goal lead. The win has restored them in the third spot of the league tally and boosed them up ahead of the crucial midweek trip to Porto in Champions League round of 16 tie.
Southampton vs Liverpool Lineups:
Southampton: Alex McCarthy, Cedric Soares, Jack Stephens, Wesley Hoedt, Ryan Bertrand, Oriol Romeu (Steven Davis 80′), Mario Lemina (Sofiane Boufal 58′), James Ward-Prowse (Shane Long 71′), Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Dusan Tadic, Guido Carrillo.
Liverpool: Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (James Milner 60′), Mohamed Salah (Dejan Lovren 89′), Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino (Adam Lallana 78′).
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