Liverpool beat Saints as Firmino and Salah hit target

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren admits he still finds it difficult to understand why Tottenham were given a penalty in the 2-2 draw at Anfield

The Reds have now lost just one of their last 18 Premier League games, whereas Southampton equal an unwanted club record of seven successive home games without a Premier League victory. Hoedt was at fault for both of Liverpool's goals. In truth, very little happened in the second-half as the Reds walked to another win.

The win lifted Jurgen Klopp's men to third on 54 points in the league table. Just like they did against Tottenham in their scintillating 2-2 draw, the Reds were able to punish some very bad defending to profit early in the match.

Joel Matip, Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are restored to the line-up, replacing Dejan Lovren, Jordan Henderson and James Milner. Mohamed Salah doubled Liverpool's score in the 42nd minute.

As well taken as the goal was, it was entirely preventable.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had the hosts' best chance for an instant reply when he fired too close to Karius at the back post.

So far this season, Lovren has made just one defensive error that has directly lead to a goal - in Tottenham's 4-1 win over Liverpool in October.

In terms of the game, I think we'll go for it as will Liverpool which should create a very exciting match!

Salah's strike was his 21st goal of the seaosn.

But his goal at St Mary's on the weekend took his overall season tally to 20 and, with the Brazilian worldwide having increased his scoring output every season under Klopp's management, the signs point to him continuing to become one of Europe's most complete forwards.

'It's really hard to ask for more support than this in this situation, ' he said.

Liverpool were able to coast throughout the second-half as Loris Karius remained largely untested.

Klopp's full pre-Saints press conference.

Van Dijk was jeered by the home support following his £75 million (Dh380m) move to Anfield last month, but got his revenge by shutting out a toothless Saints side who drop into the relegation zone.

"That's how they want to solve their situation and their problems".



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