Southampton 0-2 Liverpool: Salah scores again as Southampton's crisis worsens

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Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk is expected to start on his first return to Southampton since his £75million January move.

A fair game and a key penalty save to deny Harry Kane, which stopped Spurs going in front at Anfield will ensure he retains the spot between the sticks.

However, they've also been dumped out of the FA Cup at the 4th round stage at home to bottom of the Premier League West Brom and have lost in the league away at 17th placed Swansea (they were bottom at the time). A draw would be enough to put the reds back in 3rd, but three points would be more valuable to maintain a weekend gap over Chelsea.

After surpassing Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge to become the fastest Liverpool player to score 20 goals in the Premier League against Tottenham Hotspur, he equalled Robbie Fowler's record against the Saints. Mohamed Salah, who has been in such superb goalscoring form this season, turned provider as he kept his cool to pick out a ideal pass to Roberto Firmino who was able to slot the ball into the back of the net.

Liverpool: Karius 6 - Alexander-Arnold 7, Matip 6, van Dijk 7, Robertson 6 - Oxlade-Chamberlain 6 (Milner 6), Can 6, Wijnaldum 6 - Salah 8 (Lovren 5), Firmino 8 (Lallana 6), Mane 6.

"We knew the strengths of Southampton and how they want to play football, so we wanted to defend and change the game to counter", Klopp told Sky Sports.

The Saints haven't beaten a top-six side in the league now for over 18 months and the Reds ran ragged last time out and have a lot of quality in their ranks.

In what was a much-improved performance compared to the reverse fixture, Lovren may well have given Klopp a decision to make at the back. We had a little chat before the game, asking him what he thought. "I think we deserved the three points, [we got a] clean sheet, no injuries - [it was] almost ideal". "They will want to show their quality but we have our own targets".

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