Liverpool Climbs to Third as Salah, Firmino Star Against Southampton

Lynette Rowe
February 12, 2018

I am the first responsible for this'.

Southampton, meanwhile, headed into today's clash on an impressive 6-match unbeaten streak across all competitions, with the Saints' last outing culminating in a thrilling 3-2 victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Salah missed a huge chance to move level with the Englishman when he side-footed into the side-netting with the goal at his mercy after Alex McCarthy had saved Firmino's initial effort 20 minutes from time.

Fellow former Saint Dejan Lovren switches to the bench in one of three changes from Jurgen Klopp. 'We have to be more courageous in these types of situations.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain knocked a pass forward that was more in hope rather than expectation, but Wesley Hoedt, who saw the ball all the way, could not sort his feet out, and it allowed the pass to sneak through him. With the hosts struggling so much in front of goal this year, the last thing they wanted to do was concede early to a morale-sapping goal, but that is exactly what they did, and it gave them a mountain to climb.

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He said, "It's OK, but I would not say I'm satisfied".

So far this season, Lovren has made just one defensive error that has directly lead to a goal - in Tottenham's 4-1 win over Liverpool in October.

It also ensured a victorious return to St Mary's for Virgil van Dijk, the £75million defender who left for Liverpool during the January transfer window.

The Liverpool centre-back exuded calm on an afternoon when supporters' ire was eventually redirected at the dugoutFor someone who was supposed to be the pantomime villain and walking into a hostile atmosphere Virgil van Dijk spent an bad lot of time smiling.

"It won't be a friendly game; they fight for everything, we fight for everything". The crowd is there to make life hard for the opponent, but it wasn't too hard for him from this point of view'.

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