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Liverpool 4-0 Southampton: Flying Reds in perfect form

Liverpool’s free-scoring form continued with a controlling 4-0 victory over Southampton at Anfield, building the pressure in the Premier League title race.

Liverpool 4-0 Southampton

Premier League (13), Anfield
November 27, 2021

Goals

Jota 2′ (assist – Robertson)
Jota 32′ (assist – Salah)
Thiago 37′ (assist – none)
Van Dijk 52′ (assist – Alexander-Arnold)


Having returned to form emphatically with victories over Arsenal and Porto, the Reds dominated early on against a Southampton side who surprisingly lined up with a three-man defence.

It was more the quality and determination of Jurgen Klopp‘s side that led them to break the deadlock so swiftly, though, as the returning Andy Robertson laid on Diogo Jota for a second-minute strike.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 27, 2021: Liverpool's Diogo Jota celebrates after scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sadio Mane then had the ball in the back of the net from a Robertson free-kick, only to be ruled out for offside, before Mohamed Salah bent an effort just wide of the post.

Alisson was required to make a handful of smart interceptions to keep Southampton breaks at bay, and Liverpool made it 2-0 on the half-hour as brilliant combination play from Salah and Jordan Henderson paved the way for Jota to tap in his second.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 27, 2021: Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara (L) scores the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Then Thiago made it three with another stunning goal to follow up his wonder against Porto, this time taking it from range and driving into the box to fire a left-footed strike that diverted in via a deflection.

Liverpool’s attacking play was irresistible, and it could have been a bigger lead had Salah found the right pass in a three-on-one, but his pass evaded both Jota and Mane as half-time blew at 3-0.

HT: Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 27, 2021: Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara celebrates after scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Southampton made two changes in personnel and a change of system at the break, with Ralph Hasenhuttl ditching his poorly judged three-man defence in favour of a settled 4-4-2.

Not long after, the visitors were another goal behind, with Alex McCarthy doing well to deny Mane’s brilliant curler, but unable to stop Virgil van Dijk‘s thumping volley from the resulting corner.

A long-awaited increase in midfield options allowed Klopp to replace Thiago with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Henderson with James Milner, as Liverpool appeared to settle into their insurmountable lead.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 27, 2021: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson passes the rainbow captain's armband to substitute James Milner as he is substituted during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jota, Salah and Oxlade-Chamberlain had further chances denied as Southampton held firm but struggled to get the ball out of their own half, with confidence at a low.

For Liverpool, it couldn’t be much higher, and with the Merseyside derby to come on Wednesday night, an emphatic win over Hasenhuttl’s side serves as the perfect warmup.


TIA Man of the Match: Andy Robertson

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson (Milner 66′), Thiago (Oxlade-Chamberlain 59′); Salah, Mane, Jota (Minamino 81′)

Subs not used: Kelleher, Matip, Tsimikas, Williams, Morton, Origi

Southampton: McCarthy; Bednarek (Redmond 46′), Lyanco, Salisu; Livramento, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Perraud (Walker-Peters 88′); Broka, Adams (Diallo 46′), Armstrong

Subs not used: Forster, Valery, Smallbone, Walcott, Tella, Long

Next match: Everton (A) – Premier League – Wednesday, December 1, 8.15pm (GMT)

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