Liverpool squad hail “fighting” mentality & Salah’s “special” milestone in memorable win over Saints

6 April 2019

Liverpool players were bursting with joy as they celebrated their exhilarating 3-1 win over Southampton on social media.


Liverpool’s winning ways continued with yet another thrilling encounter which saw Jurgen Klopp‘s charges leave it late to clinch a 3-1 victory over Southampton on Friday.

The home side had the Reds on the back foot inside 10 minutes thanks to a Shane Long strike, only for Naby Keita to head home late in the first-half to see the two teams head into the break level on scores.

Continuing the dramatic nature of recent league games, Liverpool only hit the front with 10 left on the clock, as Mohamed Salah set his side on course for three points and Jordan Henderson added the finishing touches on another memorable outing for the Merseysiders.

The result sees the Reds move back to the top of the Premier League table with five games remaining and, for Henderson, the result was again proof of his sides’ winning mentality.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Friday, April 5, 2019: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at the St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The skipper scored the goal which sealed the result, and one which he said made him “very emotional” when speaking to LFCTV after the game.

“[It was] very emotional [to score], and to go 3-1 up and kill the game off was a big moment and a big result for us, which is the most important thing.

“[I’m] so pleased that [after] going a goal behind we managed to keep going and stay in the game and then to go on and win the game.

“It was a must win and we knew that, so it’s a big result for us going forward.

“[The message when coming on was] making a difference, use experience and help the lads, get them going because we were under a bit of pressure.

“I felt as though we did that coming on, but so did everyone else. We kept going right until the very end and we kept fighting, and thankfully we managed to score a couple of goals and win the game.

“I think the manager has been big on that [fighting until the end], he was big on that even when he first came in a few years ago, that no matter what happens in a game you still fight right until the very end.

“That’s what we’ve been doing I feel for a long time now and we need to keep that mentality going.”

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Friday, April 5, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at the St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fellow goalscorer Salah, meanwhile, was overjoyed with reaching another milestone goal with the Reds, but insisted the end result was the “most important thing”.

“I think that’s goal No.50 for Liverpool in the Premier League, that’s special.

“After nine games [without scoring], I’m very happy to score a goal to help the team.

“That’s the most important thing for us.

“[On if he ever thought of laying the ball off to Firmino] Not at all!

“I think as a striker you need to score. Always, I’m thinking to score. I just took my decision to shoot the ball and score. I’m happy about it.”

Taking to Instagram after the game, Liverpool’s first and last goalscorers on the night shared their delight at hitting the scoreboard and securing another “big win”:

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So happy for my first goal and three points ??

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Andy Robertson, James Milner and Sadio Mane shared the love as they took the time to laud the goalscoring trio:

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Think he enjoyed that ???#YNWA #digalittledeeperboys

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While Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gini Wijnalmdum commended the “great fight” on show from the team having secured a memorable “comeback” victory:

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Well done boys ???? #YnwA??

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The comeback. ? #YNWA

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The result against Southampton comes as yet another boost to Liverpool’s title hopes as they return to the Premier League summit with five games remaining.

A shift in focus is now required, however, as Porto await Klopp’s side in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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