The reds were, of course, aiming to cement their top position in the PL table today. Liverpool are having a memorable season in total. Accordingly, they were sure they would handle the rivals without any special effort. But Southampton came to the field bravely and with impressively high confidence.
The First Half
In the first half, the Saints managed not only to defend their net, but in fact, they even created quite firm pressure and resistance against Klopp’s men. In terms of pressing, Southampton are among the most outstanding teams.
Such a brave beginning must be Hasenhuttl’s merit. Also, Liverpool’s confusing game and more than average amount of mistakes gave Southampton a hope that they could even defeat Liverpool – the PL leader, which have not lost a game in this season yet.
But fans of English football often joke that Klopp has a special button. As soon as he presses the button, his players start playing at an unbelievable pace. The same happened even when Klopp couched Dortmund.
In overall, the first half did not contain any goals or other significant moments – neither player changes, nor yellow/red cards.
The Second Half
In the second half, just another Liverpool came out. Only after 2 minutes from the start, Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the score. He drilled a low shot into the bottom-left corner of the net. The goalkeeper did not have any chance.
And the Reds could not be stopped anymore. At the 60th minute, Roberto Firmino teed up Henderson inside the box, and Henderson curled the ball to the left of the net.
Later, on the 72nd minute, Salah scored a beautiful goal after Henderson’s excellent assist. At the 90th minute Mohamed Salah also used Firmino’s assist and doubled his goals against Southampton in this match. This was already his seventh goal in the sixth consecutive match against Southampton.
In the second half, the newest transfer Minamino had several impressive attempts. You may know that Takumi Minamino was the only player with whom Liverpool signed during the January transfer window. The Reds paid the minimal fee for the Japanese Attacker.
Noteworthy, that for Liverpool, this was the twentieth home victory in Premier League since December. With this, the Reds are already repeating Manchester City’s record. At the same time they keep their firm Top Position in the PL table.