Liverpool fans go ballistic as win at Southampton increases title talk

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Social media was awash with red on Saturday night as Liverpool fans celebrated their side’s 3-0 victory over Southampton which puts the team second in the Premier League.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 1, 2014: Liverpool's supporters before the Premiership match against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Liverpool’s supporters before the Premiership match against Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Arsenal’s defeat at Stoke City earlier in the day meant Brendan Rodgers’ side had the opportunity to leapfrog both them and Manchester City, and keep up with league leaders Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho’s Blues remain four points clear at the top of the table after their 3-1 win at local rivals Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

Luis Suarez got Liverpool’s first of the day, capitalising on sloppy defending to finish expertly in the 16th minutes.

The Reds survived a prolonged wave of pressure from the Saints to go into half-time with the lead, before the introduction of Raheem Sterling in the second-half saw the 19-year-old double Liverpool’s lead with his first touch of the game.

Sterling had been on the pitch no more than 80 seconds when he struck home Suarez’s low cross.

Steven Gerrard added a third from the penalty spot in stoppage time at the end of the game when Suarez was brought down by Jose Fonte in the area.

It was another wonderful day in Liverpool’s fantastic season and they go into next week’s international break having not lost in the league in 2014 — still the most in-form team in the top flight.

With 10 games to go, talk of Liverpool as title contenders has dramatically increased, though their next game — on Sunday, March 16th — sees an unpredictable trip to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 1, 2014: A Liverpool supporter celebrates as his side beat Southampton 3-0 during the Premiership match at St Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
A Liverpool supporter celebrates as his side beat Southampton 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

But for now, Liverpool fans are celebrating at the side cementing their place amongst the top four, with Champions League qualification now in sight.

Here’s a round-up of some of the best (and clean!) tweets we’ve spotted since the full-time whistle at St. Mary’s on Saturday.

Let us know your post-match thoughts and reaction in the comments below, on Twitter @thisisanfield or in our forums.

To mark the end of the 30-year wait for a league title, the ‘Liverpool Mishmash’ poster is available to order exclusively on This Is Anfield — the history of the Reds in one image!

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