Published: Sat, April 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

"World class" Liverpool led by Salah again, title dream intact


Mohamed Salah scored a classy victor as Liverpool beat Southampton 3-1 at St Mary's on Friday night to return to the top of the Premier League table.

Jurgen Klopp's side will be looking to build on their last-gasp victory over Tottenham on Sunday as they travel to the south coast to face the Saints.

Naby Keita broke into the box and was brought down by a mistimed challenge from Maya Yoshida, but referee Paul Tierney waved away the visitors' claims.

Unlike the thrilling 2011-12 season, which most closely mirrors the race we are seeing now, City and Liverpool have remained gridlocked over several games.

"Goal number 50 for Liverpool, that is an incredible number", Klopp said.

Liverpool were seeing plenty of the ball but offered few signs of breaking through a packed Southampton defence until the equaliser did arrive nine minutes before half time.

Mo Salah is coming back into form at the right time. In fact, there's one team who stands above the rest and is deserving of the title: Manchester City. Instrumental in the victor against Spurs, and now the scorer of the second goal for Liverpool against Southampton, Salah seems to have come back to life with the Premier League finale closing in.

The skipper scored the goal which sealed the result, and one which he said made him "very emotional" when speaking to LFCTV after the game.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson will reprise their respective roles on either side side of the back four.

Southampton enjoyed a good opening five minutes of the second half but slowly and surely Liverpool improved at breakneck speed.

Their persistency paid off and Southampton were eventually worn out as Klopp's men fired in two late goals to grab all the points.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp echoed his captain's sentiments, hailing the character and mentality that his team showed after a hard start. Alexander-Arnold struggled to contain the Saints' advances and he came second best in his individual battle against Nathan Redmond, which might explain his substitution with 30 minutes left to play.

Salah had it all to do, but the Egyptian ran the length of the pitch before electing to shoot instead of pass to the overlapping Roberto Firmino.

Naby Keita's has showed his competency in Liverpool's midfield, but his maiden campaign in a Red shirt has been rather underwhelming.

That was also the Irishman's 50th Premier League goal and he should have had 51 shortly after when he failed to connect with another risky Bertrand cross and Virgil van Dijk almost turned the ball into his own net against his old club.

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