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