Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah set up the goals for each other as Liverpool defeated Southampton in a game which saw Virgil van Dijk return to St. Mary’s for the first time since his move to Liverpool.
Liverpool got off to an absolute flyer after Roberto Firmino gave his side the lead in as early as the 6th minute. To sum up the goal, Liverpool launched a perfect counter after Loris Karius released Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right-hand side. Courtesy of some poor defending from Wesley Hoedt, Salah was let through with just a couple of men to beat. Meanwhile, the likes of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino launched forward and the latter slotted home with a brilliant finish. Firmino’s strike took his tally to 20 goals this season.
The Saints have had the chances of their own, but the lack of that clinical edge made Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius the winner everytime they came close. Liverpool, on the other hand, doubled their advantage some three minutes before the break after Roberto Firmino’s majestic back-heel released Mohamed Salah through on goal.
It was a sheer specimen of a proper fluid football. The win means Klopp has now completed a half-century of Premier League wins as a Liverpool manager. It took the German 95 games to achieve this feat.
Also, talking numbers, Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 29 Premier League goals this season (22 goals, 7 assists), the most by a Liverpool player in their debut season. To add to it, Salah has scored 19 left-footed goals in the Premier League this term – the joint-most by a player in a single season, alongside Robbie Fowler for Liverpool in 1994-95.
The fans seemed delighted with the win and here’s how they reacted on Twitter.
After clearly scouting today’s game I would like to say I am impressed with lemina and look forward to seeing him at Liverpool next season he had a great trial and I believe he could be top quality
— SUPER SALAH (@SAUCYSALAHLFC) February 11, 2018
#salah the king of Africa
— أ . هيثم حجازى (@mrhaithamhegaz) February 11, 2018
Mane needs to start scoring goals ASAP
— SHINGBAIN (@shingbaka) February 11, 2018
Jorgen Klopp is a football scientist
— Kelvin (@kelvindphiri) February 12, 2018
Salah and firmino world classssss
— nicole; (@nicwhitaker__) February 11, 2018
Back to winning ways,TG.
— Anyasu Courage Sena (@SenaAnyasu) February 11, 2018
The 9/11 combo
— Ⓥ (@Knightrosa_) February 11, 2018
This duo is da bomb!
— Nid (@livinlifegrande) February 11, 2018
Both Lifetime contracts please!!!
— Fletch (@fletcher_dyer) February 11, 2018
How about that second goal? Poetry in motion or what?
Mo Salah! Mo Salah!!
— Jurgen Meister (@SS_LFC) February 11, 2018
Salamino > SAS
— C∆llum (@FirminoRxle) February 11, 2018
Liverpool equal two more records after their impressive 2-0 win over Fulham
Liverpool don’t seem to be the same team from last season, despite boasting an unbeaten record in the Premier League.
The Reds beat Fulham 2-0 to make it 30 points from 12 games, and are just two behind Manchester City who lead the table.
Our attack hasn’t blitzed the opposition like last season, but the numbers suggest this has been an amazing start to the Premier League campaign.
Ian Doyle wrote for the Liverpool Echo about the latest game and claimed that we have matched our best points tally after 12 games.
Doyle further claimed that our goal difference of +18 was the best in terms of Premier League seasons.
Our attack might not be firing on all cylinders but our defence has been exceptional so far. Alisson kept yet another clean sheet on Sunday, and we also equalled the record for clean sheets from 1977-78 and 1978-79.
In fact, our defence has been the reason why we have done so well this season. We barely seem to concede and Virgil van Dijk has been an exceptional purchase, alongside Alisson.
The pair combined well to start an attack against the Cottagers on Sunday. Van Dijk signalled Alisson to take a free-kick early, and that resulted in Mohamed Salah opening the scoring for the Reds.
The Reds haven’t been that great in the Champions League, and we need to ensure our qualification into the next round.
Liverpool play Watford after the international break and take on Paris Saint-Germain away a few days later.
“I can’t believe it”, “Shocked” – Some Liverpool fans unsure about Mohamed Salah’s choice of T-shirt
The former Roma star is also one of the most recognisable faces in the world, and there have been murals, statues and paintings celebrating the success of the Liverpool attacker.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the player wants a bit of privacy and Salah tweeted an image of him travelling “incognito”.
Travelling incognito.😀 pic.twitter.com/1Ys7bx6AUg
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 12, 2018
The player wearing a Balaclava would not have been much of a problem, but many fans didn’t like his choice of shirt.
The Egyptian wore a “Project-Playboy” shirt and while we cannot say what his intentions were by sporting the shirt, some of the fans questioned his taste, while others some supported him.
Salah charging pic.twitter.com/qpRFwau1Tm
— Engr.Faris 🇸🇦 (@Mustache_O) November 12, 2018
— Stuart Maxwell (@cobblerstu) November 12, 2018
— شحات عمران (@gnsPHNmRt71XgdA) November 12, 2018
Be careful mo
— Nathan Astin (@nathastin) November 12, 2018
Try going Rambo next time😂cheers for the pic 🙏 pic.twitter.com/FUFoTVGVcX
— Nav nagra (@Navnagra4) November 12, 2018
Is that Playboy t shirt or another rabbit symbol
— Mohamed Salah Bastawy (@bastawy_salah) November 12, 2018
Playboy ya Salah pic.twitter.com/uAxT1ZYUth
— Abdelrahman mohamed (@Abdelra32371181) November 12, 2018
Mo Salah wearing playboy tees huhhh💉💉💉💉
— _ (@MB_86_) November 12, 2018
Not mo salah mo play boy
I can’t believe it
— husseinbawaked (@husseinbawaked) November 12, 2018
— Lemo (@sugarllemo) November 12, 2018
“I want to help the team” – Liverpool star wants to continue helping team after impressive performance against Fulham
Xherdan Shaqiri isn’t concerned about how many goals he scores and wants to help Liverpool do well. The Swiss star started in our 2-0 win over Fulham and scored a wonderful volley after Mohamed Salah opened the scoring.
The 26-year-old was pleased with his finish and told Liverpool’s website:
“The [kind of] impact is not so important for me. I want to help the team.
“When it’s with a goal or assist, it’s always good for the team. I came in the summer to help this team go forward and make the process better.
“I’m very happy with my performances, I just have to keep going like this and train hard every day. I hope we keep going until the end like this.”
Although the former Stoke City star hasn’t started many games for Liverpool, the stats are pretty decent for the 26-year-old.
The attacker already has two goals and three assists from four starts, and his performances should put forward his case of starting more games.
The Swiss attacker was the cheapest transfer we made in the summer, but he looks a quality purchase now.
Jurgen Klopp changed his formation to fit Shaqiri into the starting XI against Fulham. However, the Swiss star was the X Factor in our win over the Cottagers, and hopefully, he keeps getting the starts after the international break too.
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