EPL: Liverpool spank Saints, climb up to third

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Southampton

GETTY Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool can move back to third with a win at Southampton

It meant ex-Saints defender Virgil van Dijk enjoyed a happy return to the south coast following his £75million move to Liverpool last month.

Despite climbing the Premier League table after ending a 13-game win less streak in the league on Saturday, Southampton could still find themselves back down in the relegation zone before kick-off, highlighting the importance of trying to take points from every game we play until we're safe.

Firmino tucked the ball home early on to put his side 1-0 up after being teed up by Mohamed Salah who capitalised on a defensive mistake.

Liverpool opened the scoring in the sixth minute through Roberto Firmino.

Tadic was clearly taking notes from Ward-Prowse as moments later he delivered a fine cross that Ward-Prowse was on the end of at the back post, but he chose not to head the ball into the ground which gave Karius a chance to make a good fingertip save.

"We just needed to score one goal to get back in it".

From a seemingly nonthreatening position, Joel Matip found Salah, who towards the edge of the area then ruthlessly exchanged a delightful one-two with Firmino, whose backheel into his path in front of goal was classily dispatched towards the bottom-left corner by the Egyptian for his 29th goal of the season.

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"We scored wonderful goals, both of them and we should have had more in the second half with some big changes.

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"It won't be a friendly game; they fight for everything, we fight for everything". The Tottenham striker has recorded 23 goals this term.

Van Dijk had been subjected to criticism following shock defeats by Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion and conceding a last-gasp penalty as Spurs snatched a draw at Anfield in his previous three outings.

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