It was a good weekend for Klopp’s men as they overcame a struggling Southampton side 2-0 at St Mary’s. After last weekends 2-2 draw with Tottenham the Liverpool players would have wanted to come away with all three points this weekend and after Man Utd loss to Newcastle yesterday it made the win even better as we went third in the table, just two points off Utd.
Mo Salah was on form again yesterday getting one goal and one assist, you also have to point out Roberto Firmino performance again yesterday. He got the first goal after Southampton defender Hoedt misjudged a pass into Salah from Oxlade-chamberlain who then put the ball into Firminos feet and he calmly placed the ball into the back of the net with only 6 minutes gone in the game, that was his 20th goal of the season and his 12th in the Premier League making this his best goalscoring season in a red shirt so far. Although the Reds got off to a great start, Southampton still had plenty of possession and gave Liverpool some problems in the first half but nothing that Liverpool couldn’t deal with. After going through a shaky period the Reds went 2-0 up just before half-time through Mo Salah after a great one two between him and Firmino. That was Mo Salah 29th goal of the season, 21st in the Premier League.
Another stand out performance was from Loris Karius, he has had a tough time while playing for the Reds and sitting on the bench for most of last season didn’t help his confidence but Klopp restored his faith in him and has made him his knew number 1 and you’ve got to say over the past few games he has put in some great performances and last night was probably one of his best in a red shirt. He was dominant in the box when coming for corners or free kicks and made a few great saves to deny Southampton going level before the break.
One critique I would have about the game is that I felt the midfield was too weak. The last two games we had a midfield three of Henderson, Milner and Can. Emre Can stood out in those games because he was allowed to venture forward more and had Henderson and Milner in behind him picking up any loose balls and feeding him some good passes but due to Henderson being left out of last night’s game he had to take up that position and I don’t think it suits him well. The same goes for Wijnaldum, he too likes to go forward a lot which leaves the midfield open and allowed Southampton to pick up every loose ball that fell their way and put them on the attack. As soon as Milner came on, the game relaxed a bit and the midfield looked stronger, we had more possession and he was able to make runs in behind defenders and also pick out some good passes for the attackers to run on to.
The game could have ended up 3 or 4 nil with some of the chances we had in the second half, Mane had a few opportunities to get a goal against his former club, Salah came close to his second of the game but his effort went over the bar and Lallana also had an opportunity to get one over his former side in the last couple of minutes but his effort went just wide of the post.
Looking ahead to the Champions league match against Porto in mid-week, fans can’t help but feel confident after some recent performances and with Salah and Firmino on form, you would expect them to get a few goals on Wednesday night.
Article by Lauren Black
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