Jota the Slotter! – Diogo’s Double puts The Saints to the Sword

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Liverpool continued their flying form after the international break with a 4-0 victory over a lacklustre Southampton side at Anfield on Saturday.

The Reds came flying out of the blocks with a goal after just 90 seconds when Sadio Mané and Andy Robertson put the ball on a plate for an easy finish from Diogo Jota. 

Liverpool then conceded a big chance when Thiago was caught in possession by James Ward-Prowse, who fortunately shot straight at the onrushing Alisson Becker.

Liverpool got a free kick after 11 minutes which Andy Robertson whipped in nicely to find Sadio Mané’s head and despite his finish, he was unfortunately just inches offside.

Liverpool played some great football during the first half, but unfortunately, the final pass just let them down a lot of the time.

Just past the half way point of the first half, Trent Alexander-Arnold took a loose throw, one which Armando Broja pounced on, but fortunately, Ibrahima Konate was there to ride to The Reds’ rescue.

In the 29th minute, Liverpool kicked fully into gear when they had a sweeping move down the Southampton right-hand side between Thiago, Jordan Henderson and Mohammad Salah.

Salah ultimately found skipper Henderson as he blazed over the bar but fear not, just a few minutes later, Henderson combined with Alexander-Arnold and Salah to set up another goal for Jota who tapped the ball into an empty net to make it 2-0 to The Reds.

Jota almost had a hat trick before the break when Henderson and Mané combined to set him up, but the Saints repelled the threat momentarily but as Thiago waltzed through The Saints defence, his shot took a deflection to leave  Alex McCarthy helpless in the Southampton goal. There was yet another chance before the break when Robertson tried to play in Salah, but Southampton survived the latest wave of attack. 

Southampton had a chance of their own when Broja played in Adam Armstrong when he looked certain to score, but thankfully, Alisson was there yet again to tip the ball wide of his left-hand post. 

Yet again, the Reds broke away with a sweeping move, but frustratingly, Salah chose the wrong option, and the move broke down. 

Liverpool continued to cut through the Saints defence like a hot knife through butter in the second half. Mané had a sublime shot saved by McCarthy, but from the resulting corner, Virgil Van Dijk powered the ball into the net to make it 4-0.

Southampton later created a fantastic opportunity through Nathan Tella but Armstrong could not convert.

Henderson came off in the 66th minute to a standing ovation after a very efficient performance and rrom there, The Reds dropped their performance down a few gears, but they were fully in control and a hat-trick chance was created, with Robertson running down the wing and picking out a lovely ball for Jota, but sadly, he failed to convert for once in the game.

This chance was swiftly followed by Salah trying to bend one past McCarthy, but the shot was deflected wide. Jota then tried to turn provider setting up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but his shot was hit straight at the ‘keeper/

The Reds saw out the rest of the game extremely comfortably against a sorry Saints side to earn a third-straight win with a clean sheet.

Up next for the Mighty Reds is the Merseyside Darby at Goodison Park as Liverpool will take on the team led by their former manager Rafa Benitez on Wednesday evening.

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