Liverpool moved within two points of second place following victory against Southampton at St Mary’s on an ideal Sunday afternoon for the Reds.
Southampton 0-2 Liverpool
Premier League, St Mary’s Stadium
February 11, 2017
Goals: Firmino 6′, Salah 43′
A clean sheet, a 2-0 win, Man United losing – it was an ideal Sunday ahead of Wednesday’s return to Champions League action.
Roberto Firmino put Liverpool ahead after just six minutes when Mohamed Salah took advantage of a three-on-one break and slipped it inside for the Brazilian to slot into the net.
The Brazilian then produced one of the assists of the season when his back-heel set up Salah on the stroke of half-time.
Despite moments of sloppiness, Liverpool held on to record a comfortable victory and consolidated their position in the top four.
Fans were raving about Roberto Firmino after he produced a sublime back-heel assist and a goal in the first half…
Wow! Liverpool need a proper striker ???
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 11, 2018
20 goal a season striker #firmino
— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) February 11, 2018
Finally, we can put to bed the nonsensical narrative around Liverpool needing a 20-goal striker. Firmino on 20, Salah on 29, with more than 3 months of the season still to play.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) February 11, 2018
That is one of the best assists you'll ever see.
— Jon Cook (@JonCook5) February 11, 2018
That is sensational by Firmino. Even Shania Twain would've been impressed by it.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) February 11, 2018
But there were question marks over Joel Matip and Georginio Wijnaldum at moments throughout the game…
*whispers quietly* Matip isn’t actually very good!
— Ashley Rose (@Ashleyrose66) February 11, 2018
Just realised Wijnaldum is playing!!
— Jay (@Jay82_LFC) February 11, 2018
“Gini has nothing about him at all.” – Zag on the forums.
Matip gives me chest pains
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) February 11, 2018
At full-time, fans were relieved with the victory and there was further praise for Firmino and Salah…
Job done. Pleased with how we controlled that 2nd half. Perfect away performance. On to Porto.
— David Hickman (@DavidHickman87) February 11, 2018
Easy win, now onto the Champions league! ?
— Liam Vosper (@LiamVosper) February 11, 2018
“Just the sort of game we needed before Porto!” – j75j on the forums.
Couldn’t have wished for a better after noon all told. United losing, and a solid win with a clean sheet. Back in third, Jose in our sights. Let’s finish 2nd lads???
— Ben Kelly (@bkelly776) February 11, 2018
Excellent, efficient performance by @LFC. Thankfully no issues this Sunday in contrast to a week ago! #SOULIV #YNWA #LFC
— Paul Snowdon (@67Snowy) February 11, 2018
“Three points, two goals, one clean sheet – and that was at 60% intensity!” – LFC4ever on the forums.
Very comfortable second-half in the end. Saw it out well, with Klopp ensuring the game finished with all the former-Saints players on the pitch just to add insult to injury. Big 3 points, that.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) February 11, 2018
Routine Reds like a breath of fresh air. No drama just a clean sheet and 2 goals. VdV calming solid influence and Bobby and Mo ruthless up top. Big win keep going @LFC
— Jeff Goulding (@ShanklysBoys1) February 11, 2018
Virgil van Dijk brilliant today under big scrutiny – won everything and was brave in possession. We never seem to win 2-0 either do we?
— David Lynch (@LynchStandard) February 11, 2018
“Lovely three points! We’re coming for you, we’re coming for you, Manchester United, we’re coming for you…” – Howard Ellis on Facebook.
Virgil can Dijk is brilliant. Pass it on.
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) February 11, 2018
Van Dijk an absolute class act today.
— Tom McMahon (@tomjpmac) February 11, 2018
“We did our bit and so did Rafa! A good evening.” – Red One on the forums.
Fantastic result for #LFC Van Dijk commanded the team in the absence of Hendo while Salah & Firmino did the bizz up front. 2 PTS behind #MUFC now. ??
— Sarah James (@SJview) February 11, 2018
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