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Liverpool 3-0 Southampton: The verdict

HEAD NEWS - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 19:35

This was just what the doctor ordered.

Three goals, a clean sheet and an emphatic fourth successive victory for Jurgen Klopp's resurgent Liverpool side.

After his recent health scare, Klopp enjoyed the luxury of a stress-free afternoon as the Reds broke their Southampton hoodoo in style.

Liverpool carried on where they had left off before the international break to ensure it was a chastening return to Anfield for Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino.

Once again Mo Salah led the way as his deadly first-half double did the damage. His left foot is a wand and he has cast a spell over Kopites since his summer move from Roma.

The Egyptian winger, who departed to a thunderous ovation and a Klopp bear hug late on, has surpassed all expectations. In a world of ridiculously inflated transfer fees his £36.9million price tag looks like the signing of the season.

He now boasts 14 goals in just 18 appearances for the Reds. Put into context nobody scored more than that for the club in the whole of last season.

His dazzling return of nine league goals in his first dozen top-flight outings for Liverpool is the best of the Premier League era – surpassing Robbie Fowler's tally of eight.
Few can claim to be more prolific than 'God'. Chelsea's loss is Liverpool's gain.

Salah maybe top of the Premier League scoring charts but this was far from a one-man demolition job. The Reds were impressive in all departments.

This was the first time Klopp had unleashed the attacking quartet of Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho from the start of a league game and they purred with intent.

They complement each other so well – the perfect mix of perspiration and inspiration. Southampton simply couldn't handle their movement and ingenuity.

Mane, who has passed fit after a hamstring scare, tormented his former club as he cut in off the left to wreak havoc.

They know the Reds put one over them when they secured the services of the Senegal international for just £30million last year. He's now worth more than double that figure.

Firmino set the tone with his tireless work rate, while Coutinho flourished in an advanced central midfield role. Saints made the fatal mistake of giving him space and he duly punished them.

The little Brazilian, who had missed the Reds' previous three matches with a groin injury, capped a fine display by wrapping up the points with the third goal. The Kop are chanting his name once again.

This was a mightily impressive team performance from Klopp's men.

They didn't fly out of the traps. They didn't take any unnecessary risks. They played with real maturity and control.

This wasn't one of those days when the visitors parked the bus and simply challenged the hosts to find a way through.

Saints did try to swing a few punches of their own with Dusan Tadic and Nathan Redmond getting up in support of Shane Long, but they failed to lay a glove on the Reds.

With Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum rock-solid behind Coutinho, there was a decent balance to the side.

Young Trent Alexander-Arnold excelled at right-back and Alberto Moreno, who missed the birth of his son after opting to stay with the squad, maintained his excellent form on the other flank.

There was also the sight of Dejan Lovren earning applause rather than brickbats.

Joel Matip's thigh problem meant that the Croatia international was handed his first start since last month's shambles against Tottenham.

Lovren could hold his head high. Tougher tests await with Tuesday's trip to Sevilla in the Champions League followed by next weekend's visit of Chelsea to Anfield.

But this was a decent step forward for him. Rather than wilt at the hands of the boo boys in the away end, he silenced them with some crucial blocks and interceptions.

Since last month's debacle at Wembley, Klopp has summoned the perfect response with 13 goals scored and just one conceded.

For all the talk of defensive woes, Liverpool have only let in one league goal at Anfield in nine hours of football so far this season.

Yes, the past few months haven't been plain sailing with some punishing setbacks on their travels, but with key personnel returning there's good reason to believe that momentum can be maintained.

Thirteen games in the space of 44 days will certainly test the depth of Klopp's squad, but with James Milner, Joe Gomez, Daniel Sturridge, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Emre Can, Dom Solanke on the bench here and Adam Lallana set to return, the boss certainly isn't short of options.

Liverpool failed to score in all four meetings with Saints last season but a repeat never looked likely as they gradually cranked up the pressure in the first half.

Wijnaldum's strike was pushed away by Fraser Forster, who was then called upon to claw Coutinho's low drive behind.

Just past the half hour mark the breakthrough arrived. It was testament to Firmino's tenacity as he picked Tadic's pocket 20 yards out.

Ragnar Klavan and Wijnaldum combined to tee up Salah, who unleashed an unstoppable curler from the edge of the box.

Four minutes before the break it was 2-0. Coutinho's pass delivered with the outside of his right boot was exquisite and Salah ensured it got the finish it deserved.

In the second half Saints briefly rallied and Lovren did brilliantly to thwart Sofiane Boufal. There was a roar from the stands and a fist pump from his boss.

Liverpool swiftly regained the initiative with Firmino going close after being expertly set up by the marauding Alexander-Arnold.

Some of the Reds' incisive build up play was sublime. Coutinho fired wide after slaloming his way through but he soon made amends.

Firmino's piledriver from Mane's flick hit Forster and Coutinho was on hand to tuck away the rebound for his fifth goal of the campaign.

Liverpool cruised to the end as Coutinho, Mane and Salah were all given a breather.

This time it was Southampton's turn to take their medicine. The Reds are in rude health.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Liverpool 3-0 Southampton: The verdict

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 19:35
This was just what the doctor ordered.
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Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

HEAD NEWS - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 19:30

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said two goals from Mohamed Salah helped his side to a "perfect day" as they eased past Southampton to secure three Premier League wins in a row for the first time in 2017.

After a competitive start at Anfield, Egypt forward Salah curled high into the net from 18 yards, punishing Dusan Tadic for losing possession near his own area.

The strike gave the home side added swagger and a fine Philippe Coutinho threaded pass picked out an expertly-timed run as Salah prodded the second.

No Premier League player has more goals in all competitions than Salah's 14 this season and though he was quieter after the break, Coutinho picked up the mantle to stab home when Roberto Firmino's shot was saved.

In all, Liverpool had 21 shots at goal and are the only side to find the net three times against Mauricio Pellegrino's team this season.

"It was an open game. We had more chances before we scored and we needed to be patient in a lively way," said Klopp, whose side are fifth, a point behind Tottenham in fourth.

"The first goal - wow. I have nothing to do with the goal and the second was a fantastic pass and Mo Salah makes great runs. We could have scored more often but it was a perfect day for us."

Southampton, a side perhaps carrying little confidence in their attacking ability given their return of just nine league goals this season, wilted after Salah curled in the opener.

Tadic's error was telling but the authority Salah exuded in the finish pointed once more to him being a player of the highest quality - and not the one Chelsea allowed to leave permanently for Roma after just 19 appearances.

His second, squeezed past Fraser Forster after a brilliant run on the blind side of his marker to collect Coutinho's outside-of-the-foot pass, took his haul to nine goals in his first 12 league games.

That tally is better than that of Reds legend Robbie Fowler, who managed eight goals in the same number of matches - a record which had stood as the best start any player had made to their Liverpool career in the Premier League.

The reception Salah got when he was replaced on 80 minutes summed up the depth of feeling the club's fans already have for him.

The understanding in Coutinho and Salah's link-up play will surely have pleased Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who allayed fears over his health this week after he was taken to hospital on Wednesday.

His side never looked like causing him stress against Saints and, prior to the opener, Georginio Wijnaldum had had a shot saved, while Coutinho had dragged a shot wide.

Pellegrino's side often dropped into a 4-5-1 shape without the ball and in doing so allowed Coutinho plenty of possession to orchestrate from deep. It meant his influence could not be limited and by half-time he had touched the ball 45 times.

Adding to the dynamic was the fact this was the first time Coutinho, Firmino, Salah and Sadio Mane had started a game together this season and their threat occupied the visitors, who touched the ball just once in the Liverpool area during the opening half.

After the break, Coutinho fired wide after again dribbling from deep and Firmino went close twice, once when denied by a timely Ryan Bertrand challenge and later when pulling a low shot inches wide.

Salah will take the plaudits and rightly so but Coutinho, who is still linked with a move away, remains fundamental in injecting guile and tempo into attacks.

His finish from 12 yards was straight forward and he has now been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 15 league appearances for the Reds. It remains critical they keep hold of him.

Southampton, without influential defensive midfielder Mario Lemina through injury, never looked like threatening short of Bertrand going close with a free-kick when the score was 2-0 and a Charlie Austin header that flew over late on.

"We started well with energy, with shape and didn't give them too much space to create - but we made a couple of mistakes and it was really difficult for us to come back," said former Liverpool player and coach Pellegrino.

Pellegrino looks to have serious work to do as again his attack looked blunt. Shane Long - without a goal since February - did not manage a shot in his 79 minutes on the pitch.

Saints left Merseyside without an effort on target, a flaw in their game which is becoming common and undoubtedly contributing to a run of just four wins in 20 league games.

Man of the match - Mohamed Salah

Source: BBC

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Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 19:30
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said two goals from Mohamed Salah helped his side to a "perfect day" as they eased past Southampton to secure three Premier League wins in a row for the first time in 2017.
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LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 17:55
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Jürgen Klopp explains team selection v Southampton

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 17:07
Jürgen Klopp has explained the thinking behind the line-up he will deploy against Southampton at Anfield this afternoon.
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Jürgen Klopp explains team selection v Southampton

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 17:07

Jürgen Klopp has explained the thinking behind the line-up he will deploy against Southampton at Anfield this afternoon.

Liverpool have made four changes for the fixture, with Dejan Lovren, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho returning, while Sadio Mane has been passed fit to start against his former club.

Klopp said: “I can’t even remember the line-up from the last game [because] it is so long ago!

“We didn’t think about the last game, we only though about this game – and this is the result of all of our thoughts.

“We know about the quality of Southampton, we know about all the stats of course. They are a possession-based team. That could depend on the opponents they’ve had so far, so we will see today, but we need to be ready to react on that.

“If they have the ball and things like this, then we have to bring through our idea of football and that’s the reason for today’s line-up.”

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Southampton

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 16:58
Sadio Mane starts for Liverpool in this afternoon’s Premier League clash with Southampton at Anfield.
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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Southampton

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 16:58

Sadio Mane starts for Liverpool in this afternoon’s Premier League clash with Southampton at Anfield.

The forward has recovered from a slight reoccurrence of a recent hamstring injury to take his place in the Reds’ XI against his former club.

Jordan Henderson returns to the line-up following a thigh issue and Philippe Coutinho is back, while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dejan Lovren also begin the contest.

Joel Matip is ruled out due to a knock sustained this week.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

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

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Euro Papers: Barca's Coutinho back-up?

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 14:13
By Andrew Gibney, Football Whispers

Last Updated: 18/11/17 11:47am

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The winter transfer window does not open until January 1, but clubs across Europe are busy planning and tentative negotiations will have begun in preparation.

Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the European newspapers and websites to bring you the latest transfer gossip and news from the continent.

Spain

Discussed as a potential Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target, Barcelona have thrown their hat into the Nabil Fekir ring.

It's understood the Catalan club see the Frenchman as an alternative to Philippe Coutinho, if they can't land the Brazilian from the Merseyside club. (Sport)

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Javier Pastore, a known Chelsea and Liverpool transfer target, is now wanted by Sevilla. Inter Milan have been keen on the Argentine international for some time, but with Paris Saint-Germain only demanding €20million for the 28-year-old, the list of interested clubs will continue to grow. (Sport)

Barcelona are looking to continue to rebuild their team with Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt the newest name linked with the Catalan club. The Dutchman has commented on the story, admitting: "My favourite team in Spain in Barcelona, because of the connection they have with Ajax and beautiful football." (AS)

Ahead of the Madrid derby, Diego Simeone has spoken out about Real Madrid's stockpiling of young Spanish talent. "They have taken all of the good kids from all of the different Spanish teams. They keep making sure the others can't get to these kids."

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Simeone would have had Isco, Dani Ceballos and Arsenal transfer target Marco Asensio in mind when making his comments. Not all of them will make their mark in the Spanish capital, perhaps then the Argentine coach would get another chance to sign them up. (Marca)

Italy

Chelsea will take in Inter Milan's game with Atalanta this weekend to watch both Milan Skrinar and Antonio Candreva. The Slovak defender recently dismissed reports linking him with Barcelona, but Antonio Conte is believed to be a big fan of the former Sampdoria centre-back. (Tuttosport)

Watford striker Stefano Okaka could be on the move this winter. Rarely used by Marco Silva, the former Sampdoria forward has been linked with a return to Italy with AC Milan. He has also been mentioned as a Marseille transfer target too.

Despite only making two starts in the Premier League this term, it's expected the Hornets will demand €20m (£17.8m) for the forward. (TuttoMercatoWeb)

France

Chelsea were reported to be interested in signing Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain this week. The Brazilian was also linked with making a return to Palmeiras in his home country, but he took to Twitter to deny these rumours.

The 25-year-old has only played 76 minutes for the Parisians this term and is likely to favour a move this winter. (UOL)

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Saint-Etienne forward Jonathan Bamba, tracked by Newcastle United and Huddersfield, is out of contract in the summer, and is no closer to signing a new deal. Óscar García resigned as head coach this week and the club are hoping to have someone new in place come the end of November. It's most likely the 21-year-old will go into the New Year without a new deal. (L'Equipe)

After being mentioned as a potential Liverpool transfer target in the summer, it was a surprise Ivorian forward Maxwel Cornet stayed at Lyon. With just one start to his name this term, questions have been asked over his future. "After talking to the coach, I was happy to stay." With no goals in 237 minutes, his future is unclear again. (Foot01)

Germany

Benjamin Pavard, after making his France debut against Wales and Germany has become a transfer target for Roma, Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. The defender joined Stuttgart from Lille in 2016. (SFR Sport)

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Liverpool 3-0 Southampton - as it happened

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 12:35
Relive the build-up, team news, action, stats, reaction and more from Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
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Liverpool 3-0 Southampton - as it happened

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 12:35

Team news

Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Mane, Salah, Firmino. 

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

Joel Matip is ruled out with an injury sustained this week.

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LIVE: Liverpool 3-0 Southampton - follow our blog

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 12:35
Follow all the build-up, team news, action, stats, reaction and much more as Liverpool take on Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
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LIVE: Liverpool 3-0 Southampton - follow our blog

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Team news

Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Mane, Salah, Firmino. 

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

Joel Matip is ruled out with an injury sustained this week.

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LIVE: Liverpool 2-0 Southampton - follow our blog

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 12:35
Follow all the build-up, team news, action, stats, reaction and much more as Liverpool take on Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
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LIVE: Liverpool 2-0 Southampton - follow our blog

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Team news

Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Mane, Salah, Firmino. 

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

Joel Matip is ruled out with an injury sustained this week.

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LIVE: Build-up to Liverpool v Southampton from Anfield

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 12:35
Follow all the build-up, team news, action, stats, reaction and much more as Liverpool take on Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
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LIVE: Build-up to Liverpool v Southampton from Anfield

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 12:35

Good morning...

...and welcome to our live matchday blog for Liverpool's Premier League fixture with Southampton at Anfield today.

The Reds will be out to build on the three successive victories they achieved prior to the international break against a Saints side who managed to shut them out on four occasions last season.

It's good to be back, isn't it? 

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Critchley: Ovie has some 'wow' moments which make us smile

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 12:00
Ovie Ejaria's stunning goal for Liverpool U23s during last week's 2-1 win over Newcastle United came as no surprise to Neil Critchley and his coaching staff.
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