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EPL: Liverpool humble Southampton 2-0, move to 3rd place
July 20 2018, 07:01 | Van Peters
Jose Mourinho goes up against old foe Rafa Benitez at St James Park
They lived to regret this as wonderful interplay between Firmino and Salah just before half-time meant that Salah scored Liverpool's second and his 22nd league goal of the season and 29th in all competitions from 36 games. Not a lot of people pegged him as the 20-goal-a-season striker Liverpool supposedly needed but, here we are in February, and Firmino has 20 goals.
"When you score 10, 15 minutes in, it makes the game easier, (there is) less pressure", said Salah.
Klopp's side could have added further gloss to the scoreline as they missed a couple more opportunities, but Southampton never looked like fighting back and Liverpool successfully capitalised on United's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United earlier on Sunday.
Liverpool have made three changes to their side for the Premier League clash with Southampton.
"In footballing moments we would've loved to do it [play] a bit better".
Nonetheless, Matip is looking forward to improving his game alongside the Dutch defender, and help the team to secure the Champions League promotion.
Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino, meanwhile, lambasted the attitude of his players during the second half as they failed to build on last week's triumph at fellow strugglers West Brom, meaning his side have won just once in 14 top-flight matches.
"I think our fans are really respectful with ex-players and I prefer that our fans are focused on supporting our players and get behind us".