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LFC 3-0 Southampton: Watch action and reaction on LFCTV GO

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Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool put Southampton to the sword 3-0 at Anfield on Saturday - LFCTV GO subscribers can now watch all the action and reaction on demand.
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LFC 3-0 Southampton: Watch action and reaction on LFCTV GO

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Premier League 18th November 2017

ALL THE ACTION

LFC v Southampton: Full match

Watch the full match as the Reds took on the Saints at Anfield

18th Nov 2017

100:49 mins

LFC v Southampton: Highlights

Watch extended highlights of the Reds v Southampton at Anfield

18th Nov 2017

10:28 mins

In Focus: Super Salah's Saints showing

Watch Mo Salah's performance against Southampton as he netted twice to help the Reds to victory

18th Nov 2017

1:41 mins

LFC v Southampton: 90 Second Highlights

Watch key highlights from the Reds' Premier League clash with Southampton

18th Nov 2017

1:30 mins

20 Liverpool chances in less than 60 seconds

Watch the Reds' bombardment of the Saints goal in their 3-0 victory at Anfield

18th Nov 2017

0:57 mins

Trent's tricks, tackles and terrific display against Southampton

Watch the best of Trent Alexander Arnold's excellent performance against the Saints at Anfield

18th Nov 2017

1:20 mins

Salah scores a screamer for the opener

Mo Salah curls home the opening goal for the Reds just after the half hour mark

18th Nov 2017

1:08 mins

Salah makes it 2-0 from Coutinho's assist

Mo Salah doubles the Reds' lead after being fed perfectly by Coutinho

18th Nov 2017

1:03 mins

Salah's stunner in 9 angles including Klopp's brilliant reaction

Watch every angle of Mo Salah's opening goal for the Reds against Southampton

18th Nov 2017

1:06 mins

Coutinho pops up to make it 3-0

Philippe Coutinho pounces after Forster's save to seal the Reds win

18th Nov 2017

1:00 mins

Inside Training: Klopp's Melwood return and Southampton preparations

Watch as the Reds train at Melwood ahead of the visit of Southampton

17th Nov 2017

4:10 mins

INTERVIEWS & ANALYSIS

Trent: We couldn't have asked for much more

Trent Alexander-Arnold speaks to LFCTV after shining in the Reds' victory over Southampton at Anfield

18th Nov 2017

2:13 mins

Henderson: It was brilliant from start to finish

The skipper speaks to LFCTV following the Reds' victory at Anfield over Southampton

18th Nov 2017

2:19 mins

Analysis: Reds v Southampton

Watch post-match reaction from Nigel Spackman and Roy Evans at Anfield following the Reds' win

18th Nov 2017

5:24 mins

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Klopp's pre-Southampton press conference in full

Watch as the boss addresses the media ahead of Saturday's visit of Southampton

17th Nov 2017

13:22 mins

FREE

Klopp on Lallana, Mane and Henderson fitness

Jürgen Klopp reveals whether the trio will return to the fold against Southampton and the current status of Nathaniel Clyne

17th Nov 2017

1:56 mins

FREE

'We want him here for the next 15 years'

Jürgen Klopp speaks about the potential of Joe Gomez and the Reds' plans for the long term

17th Nov 2017

1:02 mins

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Henderson on availability for Southampton and England duo

Speaking at the premiere ok Kenny, the Reds captain speaks about his fitness ahead of the Saints visit

16th Nov 2017

0:51 mins

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Liverpool 3 - 0 Southampton: Saints put to the Sword at Anfield

Anfield Index.com - 8 hours 52 min ago
The Details

Date: 18/11/2017

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool

Background

Premier League football returned today after the final international break of the year. Liverpool welcomed Southampton to Anfield. The Reds failed to score against the Saints in four meetings last season and would be hoping to put things right today.

Joel Matip missed out through injury but Coutinho, Henderson and Mané were all fully recovered and made the starting eleven.

Shane Long replaced Gabbiadini as the lone striker for Southampton while Lemina was still out injured.

Teams

Liverpool lineup (4-1-2-3) – Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno; Henderson(c), Wijnaldum, Coutinho; Salah, Firmino, Mané

Subs: Karius, Gomez, Milner, Can, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke

Southampton lineup (4-2-3-1) – Forster; Soares, van Dijk, Hoedt, Bertrand; Romeu, Davis(c); Tadic, Boufal, Redmond; Long

SubsMcCarthy, Yoshida, Targett, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Gabbiadini, Austin

The Action

Liverpool settled into this game very quickly. It was a similar level of control that the Reds displayed at West Ham last time out.

Both Firmino and Salah had an opportunity to open the scoring in the 9th minute after some dodgy handling by Forster but the Saints’ goalkeeper got away with his error on this occasion.

Liverpool were controlling possession and playing the game almost entirely in the Southampton half.

Wijnaldum tested Forster with a long-range effort in the 22nd minute. A minute later and Coutinho forced Forster into a full-length save to tip the ball wide of the post from his low drive.

In the 31st minute, there was nothing Forster could do to stop Salah’s curling effort. Firmino won the ball back for Liverpool just outside the box. Klavan played it to Wijnaldum and Gini found Salah wide on the right. Salah cut in on his left foot and curled a beauty of a strike into the far corner. 1-0!

Salah made it two in the 41st minute. Coutinho found him with a fantastic straight ball to find Salah’s diagonal run and the Egyptian forward finished first time with his left foot past the outrushing Forster. 2-0!

Southampton managed to give Mignolet a scare just before the break. Ryan Bertrand’s effort from a free-kick went just wide of Mignolet’s left post.

Half-time: Liverpool 2 – 0 Southampton

The game continued in much the same vein after half-time. Liverpool did what defending they had to do very well. Lovren made one great block, in particular, denying Boufal a strike on goal in the 51st minute.

Coutinho was making plenty of space for himself to get his shots away today. Forster saved one in the 53rd minute. The Brazilian maestro put another one just wide in the 62nd minute after great work by Salah to win the ball from Southampton.

In the 68th minute, Mané found Firmino in the box with a great reverse pass. Firmino’s strike was saved but the rebound went straight to Coutinho who put it into the unguarded net with a first-time finish from twelve yards out. 3-0!

Klopp then saved Coutinho’s legs, bringing him off for Emre Can a minute later. Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced Mané in the 74th minute.

Milner came on for the fantastic Mo Salah for the final ten minutes.

Firmino was still pressing ferociously. The energy he continues to display in every game is fantastic.

In the 84th minute, Firmino created space for himself before trying a low, left-footed strike from the edge of the box, but it went just wide.

Liverpool kept pushing forward but they couldn’t get a fourth. Three would have to do, for today.

Another encouraging performance from a dominant Reds team. Next up, it’s Sevilla and Tuesday in Spain before Chelsea arrive at Anfield this day next week.

Final Score: Liverpool 3 – 0 Southampton Stats

(xG stats by fivethirtyeight.com)

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Match report: U23s hit four in Merseyside derby win

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 23:55
Liverpool U23s extended their lead at the top of Premier League 2 and earned local bragging rights as they claimed a 4-0 victory over Everton on Saturday evening.
Categories: LFC NEWS

Match report: U23s hit four in Merseyside derby win

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 23:55

Liverpool U23s extended their lead at the top of Premier League 2 and earned local bragging rights as they claimed a 4-0 victory over Everton on Saturday evening.

Goals in quick succession from Herbie Kane and Corey Whelan put Neil Critchley's team in charge midway through the first half at Prenton Park.

Rhian Brewster then added to the hosts' tally early in the second period as he produced a marvellous volley and his replacement Yan Dhanda wrapped the points up with a memorable solo goal.

In an open start to the game, the Reds and Blues took it in turns to carve out good chances.

Wilson was unfortunate not to get more purchase on a shot after being fed by Danny Ings inside the box before the Welshman sent a finish from a clipped ball over the top narrowly wide.

As for the visitors, they would have been aggrieved not to make more of an opportunity to break that ended in Liam Walsh overhitting a cross, while Nikola Vlasic forced Kamil Grabara into a smart save shortly after.

Thankfully for Liverpool, they found their finishing touch before their opponents, and made it count by notching two goals in just three minutes just past the half-hour mark.

The first came when Wilson brilliantly tempted three defenders toward him in the Everton box before teeing up Kane for a powerful close-range finish.

And the U23s captain was at it again straight after the restart, sending a corner onto the head of Whelan, who made no mistake in nodding in.

The No.11 might have had a goal of his own before half-time but saw a deflected attempt set up by Ovie Ejaria dribble agonisingly wide of the post.

The break in play offered Everton a chance to recover from that quickfire double blow, but they were under the cosh again when play resumed.

And the difficulty of trying to subdue to their rivals' potent frontline was underlined in the 53rd minute as Brewster sumptuously volleyed home Kane's cross-field pass to make it three.

The young striker was taken off shortly after, with Dhanda taking his place, but any Evertonians who viewed that move as the Reds taking their foot off the pedal were soon provided with an emphatic response.

Dhanda showed just why he has been deemed worthy of a step up to U23s football this season, picking up the ball up in a deep position and breezing through the Everton defence before cracking a finish into the far corner.

Liverpool: Grabara, Flanagan, Juanma (Johnston, 89), Jones, Whelan, Ejaria, Wilson (Adekanye, 81), Virtue, Kane, Brewster (Dhanda, 67), Ings.

Unused subs: Firth, Masterson.

Categories: LFC NEWS

Jones at the double as U18s thrash Middlesbrough

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 23:20
Curtis Jones netted a double strike as Liverpool U18s produced a superb performance to win 5-1 away at Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Categories: LFC NEWS

Jones at the double as U18s thrash Middlesbrough

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 23:20

Curtis Jones netted a double strike as Liverpool U18s produced a superb performance to win 5-1 away at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Playing their first league game since October 21, Steven Gerrard's young Reds were full value for their victory.

Rafael Camacho, Liam Millar and Paul Glatzel were also on the mark.

Reflecting on his side's victory, Gerrard told Liverpoolfc.com: "We played some excellent stuff and controlled the game.

"I'm really proud of them because we were outstanding.

"We scored four excellent goals and we could have scored a few more as well. The lads are in a good place."

Liverpool U18s: Jaros, Sharif, Lewis (Larouci), R Williams, Glennon, Clayton, Dixon-Bonner, Tagseth, Millar (Glatzel), Jones (McAuley), Camacho.

LFCTV GO: The goals from the 5-1 win at Middlesbrough

Categories: LFC NEWS

Jurgen Klopp explains Joe Gomez’s omission against Southampton

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 22:14

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Jurgen Klopp has explained how Joe Gomez‘s absence from his starting lineup in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Southampton showed his forward planning.


Gomez excelled for England during the international break, and the 20-year-old’s breakout display against Brazil saw widespread calls for a move to centre-back for the Reds.

But when Klopp’s teamsheet was revealed on Saturday afternoon, Gomez’s presence on the substitutes’ bench led to criticism.

Though Trent Alexander-Arnold performed strongly in his stead, Klopp was questioned as to his motive for leaving Gomez out at Anfield after the game.

“This will happen over the next few weeks, we will have to make decisions,” he told reporters.

“Usually I don’t think too much about the next game, but in this case I have to think about the next 13 games.

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“I haven’t already planned them, but we need to try to. We cannot play one lineup until they are all injured, we need to mix it up—even if we win games like today.

“Joe had two games in the last week and it’s not a problem, he could have played today.

“But then for Tuesday I don’t think it would have been a big chance or a good idea to bring him again.”

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alexander-Arnold was one of Liverpool’s standout performers at Anfield, with his defensive quality at right-back particularly encouraging.

Klopp was quick to lavish praise on the 19-year-old, highlighting his development in a new role since stepping up from the U23s last season.

“We have Trent and he is another type of defender,” he continued.

“When he started he was a proper winger and sometimes a defender, and now he is a proper defender and sometimes a winger and that makes much more sense for this position.

“He was really good today, it was one of his best performances over 90 minutes in defending.

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“What he can do offensively everybody knows. It’s good for us we have the two of them.”

Klopp has regularly explained how he will rotate his two young full-backs in Nathaniel Clyne‘s absence, and this was no different on Saturday afternoon.

With Liverpool playing Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday night, and then Chelsea in the league the following Saturday in a run of 13 games in 45 days, this approach is likely to continue.

Leaving Gomez out after his performances for England will have been a difficult decision for Klopp, but the No. 12 can now come in refreshed in Andalusia in midweek.

Categories: LFC NEWS

Video: Jurgen Klopp post-match press conference – Liverpool *-* Southampton

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 22:13

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Watch Jurgen Klopp discuss Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday, including Mohamed Salah‘s impact and Joel Matip‘s absence.

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The Reds sailed to another three points as they took on the Saints at Anfield, in their first outing since securing a 4-1 win away to West Ham on November 4.

Klopp made four changes to his side after the international break, and was rewarded with a comfortable performance capped by a brace from Salah and a goal from Philippe Coutinho.

Speaking after the game, the German was in high spirits, lauding his side’s display as an “all around good performance.”

“[Man] City are flying and we can’t change that, but we will keep putting pressure on the others,” he told reporters.

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Klopp also discussed Salah’s two-goal outing, saying “it’s a good moment” for the winger, and detailed Matip’s injury problem, describing it as “the smallest strain you can have.”

And the manager revealed that Alberto Moreno‘s wife gave birth on Saturday morning, adding: “Alberto Jr., he was in the hotel, sorry!”

Liverpool are next in action away to Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday night, as they look to build on their latest win and secure progress to the last 16.

Categories: LFC NEWS

“A really deserved win” – Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool improvement against Southampton

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 21:45

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Jurgen Klopp hailed Liverpool’s improvement after they eased to a 3-0 victory over Southampton at Anfield.


Mohamed Salah was the star of the show with two more goals and now tops the Premier League‘s scoring charts while Philippe Coutinho added the third.

Anfield was a jittery place after a run of one win in six Premier League games but, three straight victories later, the mood has noticeably shifted.

Liverpool look a lot more solid at the back while the front quartet of Salah, Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino proved far too good for Southampton.

The result saw Liverpool close to within one point of fourth-placed Tottenham, and Klopp was a very satisfied man.

He said: “Southampton are a really good football team. We had these moments not too often so far this season. You need these goals and thank God in a moment we score them. That makes all the difference.

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“I’m really happy about the defending, the whole team and especially the last line was really strong. It was just an all-round good performance and a really deserved win, and for us of course very important.

“It pushed the top of the table a little bit together. We are still in, that’s good.

“[Manchester] City is obviously flying around pretty alone. We cannot change that but we can make pressure on all the others and that’s what we did today.

“We have to build on our experiences that we made so far in the season. We played all kinds of teams, all kinds of styles. There was only one game that was really bad, and that was Tottenham.

“We used these experiences. We have a much better protection, I hope we can keep that, it’s a big part of not getting nervous in a game.

“It looked much more mature and that’s very important for us.”

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Salah has scored 14 goals in 19 appearances in all competitions following a £34 million move from Roma in the summer, including eight in his last six games.

His first goal was a sublime curling finish while his second saw him time his run perfectly through the Southampton defence to get on the end of Coutinho’s delightful pass.

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“He’s in a good moment,” said Klopp. “It’s good for us. The first one, that’s not a real chance, fantastic goal; second goal, fantastic play, outstanding for the pass.

“I’m pretty sure Phil played a few more of these passes already in his life but when somebody gets it in the box and is not offside, that’s quite rare.”

Categories: LFC NEWS

Klopp: Alberto Moreno became a dad before Saints game!

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 21:33
Jürgen Klopp has revealed Alberto Moreno’s preparations for today’s game with Southampton were a little bit different to normal... because he became a father in the early hours of Saturday morning!
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Klopp: Alberto Moreno became a dad before Saints game!

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 21:33

Jürgen Klopp has revealed Alberto Moreno’s preparations for today’s game with Southampton were a little bit different to normal... because he became a father in the early hours of Saturday morning!

Moreno’s partner gave birth to a baby boy - Alberto Moreno Junior - at around 2.30am, with the full-back at Liverpool’s team hotel in the city centre.

The Spaniard remained with the squad and duly turned in an outstanding display in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Southampton at Anfield.

Klopp told his post-match press conference: “Alberto Moreno is a father!

“At 2.30am in the morning, his wonderful girlfriend gave birth – Alberto Moreno Jnr was born in Liverpool.

“He was in the [team] hotel [when he was born]… sorry!”

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Virgil van Dijk endures difficult afternoon at Anfield following failed Liverpool pursuit

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 21:27

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Virgil van Dijk faced Liverpool for the first time since the Reds’ failed pursuit of the Southampton defender in the summer, enduring a mixed game.


The Dutchman is very likely to be playing in a red shirt at some point in the near future, but this was an unhappy Anfield experience as the visitors lost 3-0.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a closer look at Van Dijk’s performance.

Command

 Southampton's Virgil Van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There is no doubt Van Dijk is a classy player.

Playing almost as a sweeper, the 26-year-old was good at spotting the danger in front of him and intercepting, although the visitors did get increasingly over-run as the match wore on.

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He got Saints out of trouble at the start of the second half with an inch-perfect tackle and was his usual commanding presence in the air.

That strength in particular would be a big asset to Liverpool.

But at times he appeared reluctant to get fully stuck in, and it was he who let Mohamed Salah go for Liverpool’s second goal.

Distribution

 Southampton's Virgil Van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Another of Van Dijk’s qualities is his comfort on the ball, and he was more than happy to bring the ball forward out of defence, taking three or four touches where other defenders would have only taken one or two.

His attempts at long-range passing were not so successful, with one clipped ball to Nathan Redmond sailing harmlessly out of play in the first half.

Overall Impact

 Southampton's Virgil Van Dijk during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

If Van Dijk was clearly Southampton‘s best defender, that counted for little in the final result.

The Saints defence as a whole struggled to cope with the threat of goalscorers Salah and Philippe Coutinho, with most of the danger coming from wide positions.

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The second goal was the major black mark against Van Dijk personally, with the Dutchman leaving centre-back partner Wesley Hoedt exposed.

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Jürgen Klopp praises 'mature' Reds display in Saints win

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 21:17
Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool displayed an increasing maturity in their play and praised an ‘all-round good performance’ following his side’s 3-0 win over Southampton at Anfield.
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Jürgen Klopp praises 'mature' Reds display in Saints win

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 21:17

Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool displayed an increasing maturity in their play and praised an ‘all-round good performance’ following his side’s 3-0 win over Southampton at Anfield.

The Reds recorded a fourth victory on the spin thanks to two first-half strikes from Mohamed Salah and an effort from Philippe Coutinho after the break.

It was a display that left Klopp hugely satisfied as Liverpool ensured there was no let-up in their form following the international break.

Read on for a summary of the manager’s post-match press conference…

On his reflection on the game and Liverpool’s performance…

“For the first goal, the ball was already away but we forced it back somehow – I’m not sure exactly how, maybe a mistake of Southampton, but it was not a real chance from there I would say. It was a fantastic goal. The second goal, fantastic play, an outstanding forward pass – I’m pretty sure Phil has played a few more of these passes in his life, but not always when somebody gets it in the box and is not offside. That’s quite rare. It was a nice goal.

“It was an open game and in the beginning we maybe had a little bit more, we had some chances and moments, the cross from Sadio [for Salah] and stuff like this. They are a really good football team, Southampton, and you need these moments. We had them not too often so far this season, a game like this – 50 or 60 minutes and it’s still 0-0 with a similar or exactly-the-same performance [as today]. You need these goals and thank God in these moments we scored them, it makes all the difference.

“As you can imagine, I am really happy about the defending of the whole team and especially the last line, which was really strong. It was just an all-round good performance, a really deserved win and for us very important to push the top of the table a little bit together. We’re still in [there] and that’s good – [Manchester] City are obviously flying around alone; we cannot change that, but we can make pressure on all of the others and that’s what we did today.”

On a performance with ‘added maturity’ from his side…

“We spoke again about it after the two weeks when we were not together. We spoke again about it – we have to build on our experiences. So far in this season, we’ve had pretty much everything – we’ve played all kind of teams and all kind of styles and there was only one game that was really bad, which was Tottenham.

“I know some of the other results and maybe a few people will think a little bit differently, but in my eyes there has only been on really bad [game]. The rest, we could have won all of the other games; we had to score in the right moments and not concede. We build on this now and the experiences we’ve used them, so we have a much better protection and I hope we can keep that.

“It’s not that we wouldn’t have known it before, but it’s a big part of not getting nervous in a game. It’s still a lesson for the whole of Liverpool, if you don’t score then you have to try it again, try it again and try it again. Today’s performance looked much more mature and that’s very important for us.”

On Joel Matip’s injury that forced him to miss the game…

“I’ve not a real idea. It’s obviously the smallest strain you can have, but he is a tall boy and maybe that’s the problem! For today there was no chance, but it looks good. I am not sure if he will be ready for Tuesday.”

On Trent Alexander-Arnold’s performance after replacing Joe Gomez…

“I didn’t need a reminder. This will happen over the next few weeks, we will have to make decisions. Usually I don’t think too much about the next game, but in this case I have to think about the next 13 games. I haven’t already planned them, but we need to try to. We cannot play one line-up until they are all injured, we need to mix it up – even if we win games like today.

“Joe had two games in the last week and it’s not a problem, he could have played today, but then for Tuesday I don’t think it would have been a big chance or a good idea to bring him again. We have Trent and he is another type of defender. When he started he was a proper winger and sometimes a defender, and now he is a proper defender and sometimes a winger and that makes much more sense for this position.

“He was really good today, it was one of his best performances over 90 minutes in defending. What he can do offensively everybody knows. It’s good for us we have the two of them.”

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Salah’s record, Lovren & Van Dijk watch – 5 talking points from Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 21:10

Liverpool cruised to a 3-0 win against a Southampton team they failed to score against in four games last season, with several encouraging signs.


Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

Premier League, Anfield
November 18, 2017

Goals: Salah 31′, 41′, Coutinho 68′

Salah Quick Off the Mark

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mohamed Salah broke Robbie Fowler’s record of eight by scoring nine goals in his opening 12 Premier League games for Liverpool.

A player once criticised for his finishing is now without doubt the side’s most potent attacking threat, and he took both his chances well.

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He was a constant threat to the Southampton back line as he buzzed around Wesley Hoedt, cutting in from the right wing and playing off the shoulder of the last defender.

His first strike was an outstanding left-footed curler as his side won the ball back on the counter-press, before feeding it to him on the right.

The second came from a run across the defence into space opened up by Roberto Firmino. Philippe Coutinho found him with the perfect pass, and the lead was doubled and Fowler’s record broken.

This was the first Premier League game which Coutinho, Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane have started together, and they will hope to do so again against Sevilla on Tuesday.

They started the Champions League group game in Russia against Spartak Moscow, so this also made it their first appearance together from the start of a game at Anfield, but Salah was the star.

Lovren Silences Saints and Liverpool Critics, For Now

 Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp celebrates with Dejan Lovren after the 3-0 victory during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

An injury to Joel Matip late in the week had Liverpool fans worried for their defence, with many expecting Joe Gomez to shift inside from right-back to the centre.

The 20-year-old had impressed for England during the international break, having made his debut against Germany, but he was left out entirely on his return to club football with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dejan Lovren coming in to replace him and Matip.

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In photos: Liverpool return to action with Southampton win

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 20:27
Mohamed Salah's brace and a second-half strike from Philippe Coutinho saw Liverpool resume their Premier League campaign with a 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday.
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In photos: Liverpool return to action with Southampton win

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 20:27

Mohamed Salah's brace and a second-half strike from Philippe Coutinho saw Liverpool resume their Premier League campaign with a 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday.

And our photographers were on hand to document all the action at Anfield, including some brilliant shots of three goal celebrations from the home side.

Relive today's fixture with our match gallery below.

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Report: Mohamed Salah double helps Reds to Saints victory

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 19:50
Liverpool recorded a fourth successive victory as Southampton were beaten 3-0 at Anfield in the Premier League clash at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
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Report: Mohamed Salah double helps Reds to Saints victory

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 19:50

Liverpool recorded a fourth successive victory as Southampton were beaten 3-0 at Anfield in the Premier League clash at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

Mohamed Salah curled the Reds into a 32nd minute lead when he arched a brilliant shot into the top corner from a half-cleared corner.

He was at it again soon after, converting from close range after a superlative outside-of-the-foot pass from Philippe Coutinho picked out his diagonal dart across the area.

Coutinho then got himself on the scoresheet when he reacted quickest to sweep Fraser Forster’s body block from a Roberto Firmino effort into the net after the break, completing a pleasing day’s work for Jürgen Klopp’s side on their return to action.

The key points…

  • Salah’s sublime curler opens scoring just after half-hour mark
  • Winger adds a second before the break assisted by magnificent Coutinho pass
  • Coutinho finds the net midway through the second half
  • Reds fifth in Premier League table
  • Salah now division’s top scorer

The team news…

Liverpool made four changes for the encounter, with Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson coming into the XI. Sadio Mane was also passed fit to face his former club.

The first half…

Liverpool got the contest under way looking to build upon the three consecutive wins they’d picked up prior to the international break.

And the Reds made an enterprising start to proceedings, with just eight minutes gone when Forster was required to thwart Alexander-Arnold at close range. Salah pounced on the rebound and attempted to steer it into the near post, but Cedric Soares managed to block.

Seconds later, the Egyptian threatened again, this time hooking a half-volley wide of the upright from 10 yards after Mane’s run and cross from the left.

Next, Forster was required to pull off a save at full stretch to repel Georginio Wijnaldum’s curling effort on the turn, before the visiting goalkeeper tipped a low Coutinho strike around the base of the post after a counter-attack from the hosts.

But the Saints’ resistance was finally broken with 32 minutes registered on the scoreboard.

A half-cleared corner was worked back to Salah on the right corner of the area. He took a touch to steady himself before clipping the ball over everyone still gathered inside the box and into the top corner with a moment of quality.

And it was to be 2-0 before the interval, with Salah again on the mark.

This time an exceptional ball with the outside of his boot from Coutinho found his run into space inside the area as the hosts poured forward, and the No.11 scooped first time beyond Forster from close range.

The second half…

Liverpool began the second period again on the front-foot – and Mane was denied by a block inside the box after Salah and Firmino had opened up the visiting defence once more.

However, Lovren was required to put his body in the way of a blast from Sofiane Boufal after Mauricio Pellegrino’s team looked to capitalise on the counter-attack.

Back came the Reds and only a last-gasp challenge from Oriol Romeu prevented Mane from sliding in a third after Firmino had beaten Forster to the ball.

Soon after, a pacey raid forward from a Southampton corner resulted in Coutinho releasing the ball for Alberto Moreno, but he couldn’t adjust his feet quickly enough to prod beyond Forster.

Coutinho then slalomed his way into the area and grazed the outside of the post as the home team sought to further their grip.

Nevertheless, a third goal duly arrived with 68 gone; Mane sped into the area from the right and played a disguised pass to Firmino in space. His powerful shot was blocked by Forster’s shoulder, but the ball rolled nicely for Coutinho to sweep in the rebound.

It was the No.10’s last touch, with Emre Can replacing him before the re-start.

Liverpool threatened to further enhance their stronghold, not least when Firmino skimmed the post with a low effort across goal, but they’d already done enough to make certain of the three points.

The stats…

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