Wednesday 21 August 2019

Salah lifts Reds' mood

Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah applauds the fans as he is substituted Photo: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah applauds the fans as he is substituted Photo: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Eleanor Crooks

Mohamed Salah was the star of the show with two more goals at Anfield and now tops the Premier League's scoring charts while Philippe Coutinho added the third in an easy victory over Southampton.

Anfield was a jittery place after a run of one win in six Premier League games but, three straight victories later, the mood has noticeably shifted. Liverpool look a lot more solid at the back while the front quartet of Salah, Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino proved far too good for Southampton.

Southampton's Nathan Redmond in action with Liverpool's Emre Can Photo: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Southampton's Nathan Redmond in action with Liverpool's Emre Can Photo: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

The result saw Liverpool close to within one point of fourth-placed Tottenham, and Jurgen Klopp was a very satisfied man. "I'm really happy about the defending, the whole team and especially the last line was really strong," he said. "It was just an all-round good performance and a really deserved win, and for us of course very important.

"It pushed the top of the table a little bit together. We are still in, that's good. (Manchester) City is obviously flying around pretty alone. We cannot change that but we can make pressure on all the others and that's what we did today.

"We have to build on our experiences that we made so far in the season. We played all kinds of teams, all kinds of styles. There was only one game that was really bad, and that was Tottenham."

Salah has scored 15 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions following a £34million move from Roma in the summer, including eight in his last six games. His first goal was a sublime curling finish while his second saw him time his run perfectly through the Southampton defence to get on the end of Coutinho's delightful pass.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (not pictured) scores their first goal Photo: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (not pictured) scores their first goal Photo: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

"He's in a good moment," said Klopp. "It's good for us. The first one, that's not a real chance, fantastic goal; second goal, fantastic play, outstanding for the pass."

While it was all smiles for Liverpool, Southampton offered little as a attacking threat and have now won just once in seven games. Boss Mauricio Pellegrino said: "I think we started well, the first half an hour. But we made a couple of mistakes that against this type of team you cannot. After the second goal, it was really difficult for us to come back into the game."

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